Cuts to colleges end this legislative session
BATON ROUGE - After years of budget cuts, Louisiana's public colleges got most of what they sought in the recently-ended legislative session.
Their budget is going up, and they're getting a new incentive fund to help funnel money to high-demand degree and worker training programs.
University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley called it "the most successful legislative session our universities have seen in many years."
But even supporters of the campuses say higher education leaders set the bar fairly low, seeking mainly to stop from getting deeper state financing cuts.
The biggest higher education bill to win support from the Legislature creates the incentive program called the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy Fund, or WISE Fund. The budget bills set aside about $40 million for the effort.