Lombardi notes higher ed landscape changing and LSU LSUE changing with it

Student Patricia Auzenne makes a point with LSU System President John Lombardi during discussions this week. (Photo by Eunice Today)

Higher education in Louisiana is turning topsy-turvy, a change that System President John Lombardi told LSU Eunice supporters Tuesday requires their attention.

He told faculty and students at a campus appearance that he is committed to keeping LSUE a viable member of the university family.

His stop was part of a swing that has included sessions with similar groups at LSU Shreveport and LSU Alexandria.

While there are different issues at each institution, there are also similar ones.

The common thread is the shift in Louisiana higher education from a state-funded system to a student-funded one, a trend that is occurring nationwide.

Supplementary to that will be a shift from the traditional merit-based aid such as TOPS to need-based aid, which is a revolution in Louisiana education philosophy.

Not that long ago, the state provided about 60 percent of college and university budget needs, with students, through tuition, fees and loans, coming up with the other 40.

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