Student body leaders plead with lawmakers not to cut TOPS funding
Posted on 4/20/2017 5:44:00 AM.

Student body leaders call on the state legislature to fully fund the TOPS scholarship program. Under the governor’s current budget proposal, TOPS is only funded at 70 percent. Northwestern State University student president John Pearce testified before the House Appropriations Committee and says he’s heard a lot of concerns from students.
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Southeastern promises not to raise incoming freshmens' tuition if they promise to graduate in four years
Posted on 4/19/2017 5:03:00 AM.

Southeastern Louisiana University is issuing a promise to incoming freshmen not to raise their tuition, if they commit to completing their degree in four years. University President John Crain says they’re seeing students taking longer and longer to earn a bachelor’s degree, and the Southeastern Promise encourages students to graduate in four years.
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Higher ed leaders ask lawmakers not to cut their funding
Posted on 4/12/2017 5:39:00 PM.

Higher education leaders made their case during a legislative budget hearing to not cut state funding to public colleges. Governor John Bel Edwards proposed budget calls for a 17-million dollar reduction in funding for campuses. Louisiana Community and Technical College President Monty Sullivan says their institutions can’t keep doing more with less.
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Board of Regents tables proposal to raise credit hour requirement for TOPS
Posted on 2/24/2017 3:14:00 PM.

The Board of Regents decided not to move forward on a recommendation to increase the credit hour requirement to 30 hours for TOPS students and instead tabled the idea for more study. Higher Education Commissioner Joe Rallo supports the board’s decision to hold off on upping the hourly requirement from 24 hours.
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Board of Regents to finalize recommendations on TOPS changes
Posted on 2/24/2017 4:03:00 AM.

TOPS is not fully funded under the governor’s spending plan for next fiscal year. Officials say it will take more than 80 million additional dollars to pay for the scholarship program. Higher Education Commissioner Joe Rallo has concerns about how students will react to TOPS once again being funded at only 70%.
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Grambling one step closer to reinstating undergrad nursing program
Posted on 2/23/2017 5:19:00 PM.

Grambling State University is one step closer to reinstating their undergraduate nursing program. The undergraduate program was closed in December of 2015, and officials have been working to get a new program instated. University President Rick Gallot says they have the support of the University of Louisiana System Board, but he says their work is far from over.
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UL Lafayette expands Louisiana Legacy Scholarship
Posted on 2/18/2017 5:11:00 AM.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette announces the expansion of their Louisiana Legacy Scholarship. Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. DeWayne Bowie says the scholarship is designed to bring out of state students with Louisiana ties back to the state. He says the scholarship covers out of state fees for these students.
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Higher education officials urge lawmakers to tap into Rainy Day Fund to offset budget deficit
Posted on 1/19/2017 3:22:00 AM.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says the budget deficit for fiscal year 2017 is $304 million , so how will this shortfall impact higher education? Higher Ed Commissioner Joe Rallo says there has been talk of using the state’s Rainy Day Fund to offset some of the deficit. But Rallo says if lawmakers decide against, it could be detrimental to higher education.
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Louisiana voters decide not to give tuition autonomy to universities
Posted on 11/9/2016 11:16:00 AM.

Constitutional amendment number two was shot down in last night’s election. The proposal would have given tuition autonomy to colleges and universities, rather than the legislature. Higher Education Commissioner Joe Rallo says its clear voters don’t want to see tuition go up, but he says he doesn’t think they’re opposed to funding higher ed. He believes the public wants to see colleges and universities funded at the level they used to be.
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Higher Ed. Commissioner Rallo visits with stakeholders in north Louisiana
Posted on 10/31/2016 11:19:00 AM.

Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Joe Rallo is visiting north Louisiana this week to engage stakeholders and learn about issues facing that region of Louisiana. Rallo says he will provide an overview and an update on the realities of higher education. He says the upcoming legislative session and how it will impact universities will be a big topic of discussion.
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