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Jun 21, 2011 7:42 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Audit report cites Board of Regents' weaknesses

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A report from the state Legislative Auditor's Office on the state's top higher education board says there is room for improvement in the way the board operates.
The report made public Monday notes that the Board of Regents' constitutional responsibilities include planning, coordinating, and exercising budgetary responsibility in higher education. But, the report said, state laws specifically governing the Regents' budget and planning are vague and unclear, making it difficult for the board to fulfill its responsibilities.
One problem noted in the report: The Regents' ability to fulfill its budgetary responsibility is limited by the constitutional and statutory authority granted to four different higher education systems in Louisiana.
Efforts to consolidate the higher education boards have failed in the current legislative session.

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