College commission completes report

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The final list of recommendations from a higher education restructuring panel would shift the way dollars are divvied up among Louisiana's public college campuses and reshuffle governance of the schools.

The Postsecondary Education Review Commission completed its work Friday. Now, the focus shifts to college leaders, who have given mixed reviews to the recommendations, and to lawmakers who would have to buy into the ideas for many of them to be enacted.

Among the proposals, the panel suggested shrinking the number of higher education governing boards from five to two.

The commission also sugested that freshmen and sophomore courses be funded at the same rate across campuses, that the funding formula for schools be revamped and tied more strongly to performance and that the Legislature relinquish its authority over tuition increases.

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