Louisiana's public colleges are expecting a total of $219 million in budget cuts next fiscal year, a figure that would be twice as high without federal stimulus money, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to formally announce this plan Friday to the state Legislature.
The Louisiana State System will likely be forced to absorb $100 million in cuts, while the system's flagship campus in Baton Rouge could have $35 million slashed from its budget, a prospect particularly frustrating for a school that has been competing better academically with its regional peers. "The cut will likely cause us to fall back to where we were eight or 10 years ago," Chancellor Michael Martin told the Daily Reveille , the student paper. "This kind of cut—20 percent—would be a major setback for LSU."
Higher education officials have asked the state to approve a 5 percent tuition increase to help mitigate effects of the cuts.