LSU asks for budget input on new website
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State University launched a website Friday detailing the dire budget situation the school is facing and asked for help finding ways to save money.
The budget site lays out LSU's proposed share of $383 million in higher education cuts being discussed among lawmakers and the Jindal administration. The cuts are part an effort to cover a more than $1.4 billion budget gap next year.
LSU said when the recession begain 74 percent of their funding for all campuses comes from the state. Today they say 41 percent of their current budget comes from the state, with the rest coming from student tuition and fees.
According to the site, LSU could face a 40 percent reduction in state funding from the cuts. The university said that could mean the elimination of 28 academic programs, a drop of more than 10,380 students, and a loss of $152 million in grants among other losses.
Recently LSU set up an alumni-centered volunteer group to lobby lawmakers against cutting deeply into higher education.
A section of the new site also asks people to submit ideas for places the school can be more efficient and save money. You can make suggestions by clicking here.