The Louisiana Board of Regents is asking the Legislature for a $155.6 million increase in state aid for colleges and universities, or 14.5%.
Officials said the request is aimed at supporting its goal of doubling the number of college credentials produced in the state by 2030.
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"We can lift families out of poverty and increase Louisiana's prosperity through strategic investment in education," Commissioner of Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed said in a statement.
Earlier this year colleges won their first basic hike in state aid in the past decade amid recurring budget problems.
The request includes $109.3 million in what officials called reinvestment in innovation, including a $36.3 million to raise salaries of professors and others to the regional average.
The state last met that target in 2008.
Another $34 million of the request would finance need-based aid, including GO Grants, and $8.8 million to fully fund the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, or TOPS.
An additional 1,600 TOPS students are expected.
Only a portion of the request, which is for the financial year that begins July 1, is likely to win final approval amid conflicting demands for other state services.
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Last year the regents approved a new master plan aimed at ensuring 60% of working-age adults have a post-secondary credential in 11 years.
That requires increasing the number of degrees and other credentials from 40,000 per year to 85,000 annually.