Mar 15, 2013 7:23 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Former UL Professor Takes On Higher Edu. Cuts

An on-line petition calling for no more budget cuts to higher education is growing in popularity.

Retired UL Lafayette professor, Ann Dobie, started the petition last month.

"We now have 2,023 signers from who knows how many states," Ann Dobie said.

The numbers keep climbing for Dobie's online petition titled "Support Higher Education." It calls for financial support to higher education to be restored.

"The sentiment is out there we've just not known how to tap it," Dobie said.

Dobie's been tapping into it since February. University leaders say state funding has been cut 49% since 2008, totaling 585 million dollars

"The impact of the cuts have not been totally felt yet, but it will be eventually, and that means resources for students will be cut, books will not be purchased for the library, computer labs will go not updated," Dobie said.

Dobie hopes that this petition can get three thousand signatures. She says she'll deliver it to the legislature when session begins.

"I have heard legislators speak when they say, we don't want to do this, we wish we didn't have to cut, but we have to. And my answer to that is...Then change the process. Find somewhere else you can cut, and if it means introducing legislation that exempts higher education, then do it," Dobie said.



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