State Universities Brace for Another Brutal YearAlison Damast
Just two days before Christmas, Louisiana State University Chancellor Mike Martin received an unwelcome holiday surprise. The state had just slashed $12.6 million off the Louisiana flagship campus' $430 million operating budget, and Martin had just two weeks to make a round of fresh cuts. When students returned to campus in early January, the school had laid off employees, canceled several required courses, and implemented several other painful cost reductions.
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