Around the industry: Louisiana colleges may lose only $211 million

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  • Delaware: Faculty at the University of Delaware (UD) are criticizing UD president Patrick Harker over his recent op-ed article that proposed limiting professors' autonomy in course design. In the Philadelphia Inquirer, Harker argued last month that UD should become more "learner-centric" by developing a "smart common core" of required courses—and curricula—that would help the university save money by using faculty time more efficiently. However, the UD faculty union released a statement last month calling Harker's suggestion an "affront to the mission of university education." Harker replies that he has long been interested in ways to ease students' financial burdens and he would like UD to help find a solution (McMichael, News Journal, 2/26).
  • Kansas: A recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center named Kansas as the state with the highest percentage of community college students who eventually complete degrees at a four-year institution. Kansas led the nation with a rate of 25.2%. Only five other states had rates of 20% or more. Kansas higher education officials attribute their success to a state program that allows students to transfer credits earned at any community college to any public university (Williams, Kansas City Star, 3/1).
  • Louisiana: Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) proposed Friday a budget that would not cut as much from higher education as many leaders in the state feared. The plan allots $376 million in state funding for higher education, leaving a $211 million gap, rather than the $420 million cut that Jindal had previously threatened. The plan also recommends several ways for colleges to make up the cost, such as increased fees for students in certain degree programs (Crisp, The Advocate, 3/1).

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