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Future of Higher Education (2015)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2015-03-13

Duration: 00:18:50

Subjects: STATE BUDGET | HIGHER EDUCATION | Louisiana State University System | Southern University System | University of Louisiana System


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Rallo, Joseph Speaker
  • Kleckley, Chuck Speaker
  • Scott, Robert Travis Interviewee
  • Carter, Steve Speaker
  • Bell, Stuart Panelist
  • Mason, Ronald Panelist
  • Woodley, Sandra Panelist


This segment from the March 13, 2015, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s report on the proposed budget cuts to higher education, which has already been cut over $700 million since 2008. Whinham reports that the Jindal Administration’s executive budget includes $581 million in cuts to higher education and $372 million in changes to business tax credits to offset those cuts. His report includes: highlights of Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Joseph Rallo speaking to the Baton Rouge Press Club; highlights of Speaker of the House Chuck Kleckley and State Representative Steve Carter, the chairman of the House Education Committee, speaking at a conference sponsored by the Louisiana Board of Regents; and an interview with Robert Travis Scott, the president of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana. Whinham then leads a panel discussion on the future of higher education with Dr. Stuart Bell, the executive vice president and provost of Louisiana State University (LSU), Dr. Ronald Mason, the president of the Southern University System, and Dr. Sandra Woodley, the president of the University of Louisiana System. They discuss: the crisis facing higher education in Louisiana; the proposed budget cuts; their tuition changes and efficiencies; the impact of past budget cuts; the difficulty in planning from year-to-year; the concerns of students, staff, and alumni; and their message to lawmakers.