Posted: Jun 10, 2012 6:57 PM by Sharlee Barriere
A member of Louisiana State University's governing board says it may be wise for the system to avoid across-the-board budget cuts.
Faced with a 6.8 percent cut to state funds, board member Stephen Perry of New Orleans said it might be better to cut specific programs deeply, instead of just leaving specifics to individual campuses.
Perry got support from Interim LSU System President William Jenkins, The Times-Picayune reports. (http://bit.ly/Lx6Asu ). Jenkins warned the system is "on the point of implosion" without a new strategy.
Overall, higher education is expecting a $66 million cut in state financing next year with LSU bearing $28 million of those reductions.
The budget passed by the Legislature also requires administration officials to trim another $15 million. Those reductions may fall on higher education and health care.