Dr. Jim Henderson, President/CEO of the University of Louisiana System issued the following statement on June 5 in reference to the end of the special legislative session Monday night that resulted in a budget approval with cuts to higher education and TOPS.
“This outcome is beyond disappointing. Tonight our state defaulted on the promise of TOPS earned by tens of thousands of students. Additionally, our higher education enterprise—already ranked last in the nation in per-student funding—will receive an approximate $96 million cut. I’m hopeful a compromise is in the near future, one that prioritizes education. For your future. For our future.”