Higher Education

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Higher Education in Louisiana is about to get pushed off the fiscal cliff. The state will enact severe budget cuts to the T.O.P.S. program and university budgets unless there is a deal to raise more revenue or realocate funds to higher education. 

T.O.P.S. eligible students would only receive 70% funding for tuition. Students at the University of Louisiana Monroe could see a $1,736 out of pocket cost increase  per year to make up for the 30% cut in T.O.P.S.

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The revenue shortfall the state is facing has declined from 994-million-dollars to 648-million-dollars, as a result of the state collecting more income taxes due to the federal tax overhaul. House Speaker Taylor Barras says the extra money would likely go for higher education and the TOPS program.


Students Rally at UL System Day in Baton Rouge

Apr 13, 2018
Kandace Moss

Higher education is important, especially to the thousands of students who belong to the University of Louisiana school system. Wednesday, students from the nine universities of the UL system gathered at the state capitol in Baton Rouge to rally for higher education and show school spirit.

From morning until mid-afternoon, students let the senators and state representatives know how important higher education is to them through speeches, talent showcases, and visiting representatives during their breaks in the current legislative session.

Finalists Named In Search For La. Higher Education Leader

Mar 21, 2018
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Four people have been named as finalists to be Louisiana's next higher education commissioner.

The Board of Regents announced the contenders Tuesday. They are:

-Robert Donley, former executive director and CEO of the Iowa Board of Regents.

-Kim Hunter Reed, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and a former deputy chief of staff for Gov. Kathleen Blanco.

-Cathy Sandeen, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension.

April Hiring Planned For Louisiana Higher Education Leader

Nov 29, 2017
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Louisiana's top college board intends to choose the state's next higher education commissioner in April.

The Advocate reports that Robert Levy, chairman of the Board of Regents' six-member search committee, said Tuesday the panel hopes to have final interviews with contenders around April 4.

Joseph Rallo, in the commissioner's job since January 2015, plans to retire from the position that pays him $364,000 a year. Although his contract ends in December, Rallo has agreed to stay until June while the board searches for a new commissioner.


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - After years of enrollment declines amid repeated budget cuts, Louisiana's university systems are reporting an uptick in their student counts this year.

 The Advocate reports that enrollment figures from the LSU System, University of Louisiana System and Southern University System show a 1.3 percent increase in student count across their campuses. Nearly 151,000 students are attending their universities.

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BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released a letter he sent to Louisiana higher education system presidents requesting that they conduct a thorough review of all policies related to hazing and drug and alcohol abuse among Greek organizations and all other university sanctioned groups.

The governor plans to partner with them to promote a positive and safe learning environment on all Louisiana college campuses. Below is an excerpt from the governor’s letter:

Traveling Scholar Speaks on Comedy and Correctness

Oct 25, 2016

The University of Louisiana at Monroe hosts the Traveling Scholar Series on October 25th at 6 P.M. Dr. Amanda Martinez will be doing a lecture on the relationship between comedy and racial stereotypes.

Special Showing of "Starving the Beast" at ULM

Sep 20, 2016

The University of Louisiana Monroe, in collaboration with Grambling State University, Louisiana Delta Community College, and Louisiana Tech University is hosting a special screening of the upcoming documentary, “Starving the Beast: The Battle to Disrupt and Reform America’s Public Universities” in Biedenharn Recital Hall Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. 


Former State Representative Rick Gallot has been named the new President of Grambling State University.  

Gallot was approved today by the Louisiana System Board.  The finalist were Gallot, a Ruston attorney, and the President of Tuskegee University Gilbert Rochon.

Grambling State University has been leaderless since the June resignation of former President Willie Larkin. There have been three leaders in the last two years at the school. Gallot becomes the tenth president of the university.