Higher ed cost cuts could cost students - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Higher ed cost cuts could cost students

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Louisiana's current college graduation rate is at 37%.

Governor Bobby Jindal and his higher education commission sat down earlier this week to discuss how to boost the graduation rate and cut spending at four year universities.

"Our universities do a great job, but we need to do a couple of things. One, we can't afford duplication," says Governor Bobby Jindal.

The commission is proposing possibly shifting college introductory classes to community colleges.

"We need to have regional and unique areas of excellence where each school focuses on what they do best," says Jindal.

This change would cut the cost of spending at four year universities,and set aside more money towards improving areas of focus.

However, this change could be costly for some MSU students.

"My basic courses are different from other people's, because they are courses preparing me for my clinical experience," says Katherine Mire, a nursing student at McNeese State University.

Since she has specific introductory courses, she fears going to a community college for basics would not properly equip her for the nursing program at MSU.

"I'm concerned that they wouldn't roll over or that they would end up making my degree take longer," says Mire.

While it might disrupt some students' college careers paths, some students have other concerns about having to complete their basics at a two year college before transferring.

"Moving here as a junior, it would really be hard to be involved in things. Because people are already here, it would be like starting all over again," says Martha Pittman, MSU Junior.

And while it may be saving the state money, it could be costing the students more money.

"It sounds good at first because two year colleges are normally cheaper, but you've got to worry about all the little details like how are you going to get there, where are you going to stay, things like that," says Andrew Connell, MSU Junior.

The review commission plans to meet a few more times to discuss more higher education improvement opportunities.

Legislators might vote on the proposals as early as the next legislative session.

(Copyright 2009 KPLC-TV. All rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • SEED Center evaluates Port Cameron's future affect on Cameron Parish

    SEED Center evaluates Port Cameron's future affect on Cameron Parish

    Thursday, July 27 2017 11:45 PM EDT2017-07-28 03:45:38 GMT
    Source: Port CameronSource: Port Cameron

    It's no secret: Cameron Parish will be changing drastically over the next few years, as Port Cameron is constructed. This colossal, 500 acre ship hub to be built on the Calcasieu Ship Channel will bring in thousands of jobs and garner millions for Louisiana.  "This is very healthy for Cameron Parish," George Swift said, president and CEO of the SEED Center in Lake Charles. Port Cameron is estimated to bring in over 8 thousand temporary jobs and create close to 4 thous...

    More >>

    It's no secret: Cameron Parish will be changing drastically over the next few years, as Port Cameron is constructed. This colossal, 500 acre ship hub to be built on the Calcasieu Ship Channel will bring in thousands of jobs and garner millions for Louisiana.  "This is very healthy for Cameron Parish," George Swift said, president and CEO of the SEED Center in Lake Charles. Port Cameron is estimated to bring in over 8 thousand temporary jobs and create close to 4 thous...

    More >>
  • Flooding, economic growth and crime are brought up at District B community meeting

    Flooding, economic growth and crime are brought up at District B community meeting

    Thursday, July 27 2017 11:24 PM EDT2017-07-28 03:24:17 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Mayor Nic Hunter heard the concerns of many residents in District B at Thursday night's meeting.   "We avoid Enterprise," said resident Louis J. Sweet. "It's not a beautiful road. The homes and the trees are beautiful, but the road is in terrible shape."  One of Enterprise and other streets in District B's biggest problem brought up, was flooding.   "It's been many of times where I had to park on Broad Street to walk home and wade i...

    More >>

    Mayor Nic Hunter heard the concerns of many residents in District B at Thursday night's meeting.   "We avoid Enterprise," said resident Louis J. Sweet. "It's not a beautiful road. The homes and the trees are beautiful, but the road is in terrible shape."  One of Enterprise and other streets in District B's biggest problem brought up, was flooding.   "It's been many of times where I had to park on Broad Street to walk home and wade i...

    More >>
  • UPDATE: LA inmate and hostage dead following standoff with authorities at prison near Homer

    UPDATE: LA inmate and hostage dead following standoff with authorities at prison near Homer

    Thursday, July 27 2017 11:12 PM EDT2017-07-28 03:12:59 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)

    A fugitive and his female hostage are dead after a standoff at a Louisiana Corrections Department prison in Claiborne Parish according to Ken Pastorick, Louisiana Corrections Communication Director. 39-year-old Deltra Henderson was declared missing from the David Wade Corrections Center near Homer Thursday afternoon. Henderson allegedly stole a car, crashed it, and then fled into a home on prison property. That's where authorities confronted Henderson and worked to come t...

    More >>

    A fugitive and his female hostage are dead after a standoff at a Louisiana Corrections Department prison in Claiborne Parish according to Ken Pastorick, Louisiana Corrections Communication Director. 39-year-old Deltra Henderson was declared missing from the David Wade Corrections Center near Homer Thursday afternoon. Henderson allegedly stole a car, crashed it, and then fled into a home on prison property. That's where authorities confronted Henderson and worked to come t...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly