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Louisiana State U. proposed budget cuts threaten one-third of degree programs

September 16, 2010

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser asked colleges and state agencies to show what would happen with cuts of 35 percent in their state funding.

Enrollment would drop by an estimated 8,000 students if LSU eliminated 50 degree programs, and that's what would be needed to shrink $62 million in spending from Louisiana State University's $443 million operating budget, says Chancellor Mike Martin.

While the university expects to get a $20 million boost from a planned tuition increase next year, that money would only cover required health care and retirement increases and wouldn't be able to offset the cuts.

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