We talked in the past about some looming higher education budget cuts within the state of louisiana, and had also done some speculation about what such cuts could mean for some of the school with both FBS and FCS football programs within the state.
As it turns out, at least some of our fears were misplaced, and we can now take a look at how each of the various systems as well as the G5 programs fared now that the financial dust has settled somewhat.
First, let's take a look at how each system fared under the cuts.
|State System||2015-16 Funding||2016-17 Funding||Amount of Decrease||Percent Decrease|
|University of Louisiana||218,601,857||213,024,999||5,576,858||2.55|
|Louisiana State University||373,477,242||348,303,880||25,173,362||6.74|
|Community and Technical Colleges||116,084,441||115,721,328||363,113||0.31|
It would appear from this table that an overwhelming majority of the budget decrease was borne by the Louisiana State University System, as they will see fully 78.4% of the total dollar reduction across all the systems combined. However, it goes further - pretty much all of that is in the form of the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport having their funding reduced from $31 million to $4 million.
So basically, in terms of funding LSU's Health Sciences graduate programs were gutted, and all of their other colleges and universities combined will see about $7 million worth of funding reductions. This is certainly not positive, especially for programs that were already underfunded, but the Earth hasn't exactly caved in, either.
As it pertains to the Group of Five.... well, we're doing pretty damned alright. Here's a partial list of expected changes in annual funding for some of the U of Louisiana System Schools.
- Grambling State University: - $1.3 million
- Louisiana Tech University: - $29,000
- Northwestern State University: - $532,000
- Southeastern Louisiana University: - $1.37 million
- University of Louisiana at Lafayette: + $34,000
- University of New Orleans: - $1 million