On March 24, I attended a Press Club meeting in New Orleans, at which time LSU President F. King Alexander warned that proposed state budget cuts would hurt Louisiana’s business climate. The doomsday proposed budget scenario would be a potential 82 percent state budget cut for LSU. Alexander stated that this would lead to faculty layoffs, tuition increases and 2,000 class cancellations. He also warned, “That’s the largest single budget reduction in the history of higher education.”
As a 15-year member of the LSU Board of Supervisors who understands the significance of these draconian cuts, I feel like I am standing on the Titanic, and the LSU that I graduated from and love so much is about to go under academically.
Unless we can identify a stream of income dedicated to higher education, I feel that this doomsday scenario will become a reality. This would not only have implications for LSU and the LSU System but also for every higher education and community college in our state.
As a board member, I fully support Alexander and his efforts to address these problems head on. In my opinion, the governor and the Legislature need to identify a stream of income that can be dedicated to higher education. This needs to be addressed in this upcoming legislative session to prevent Alexander’s projections from actually taking place.
Stanley J. Jacobs
member, LSU Board of Supervisors