The Daily Reveille - Nov. 30, 2011
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The LSU System Board of Supervisors could lose its au- thority to award money to the University after the Governance Commission adopted a proposal Tuesday that would create a con- stitutional amendment to give budgetary authority the Board of Regents. The constitutional amend- ment, with the other 21 proposals the board adopted, must be ap- proved by the Louisiana Legisla- ture. Jason Droddy, director of external affairs, said this consti- tutional amendment “changes everything” in terms of higher education alignment in the state. Droddy said the board’s argument to gain control over the budget is that it can- not be held ac- countable for its decisions if its money is shufﬂed at the lower system level. “The clear message we received from the legislative authors of the resolution cre- ating this com- mission is that stronger account- ability and efﬁciency is critical to the future success of postsecond- ary education, and we certainly concur,” said Governance Com- mission Chairman Greg Davis in a news release. “These recommen- dations warrant immediate con- sideration and action by the Loui- siana Legislature and the higher education community in order to better serve our state’s citizens.” But without the authority to give money to universities, man- agement boards at the system lev- el, like the Board of Supervisors, may argue this move takes away their prime jurisdiction over uni- versities, Droddy said. The board’s recommenda- tions also would give universities the ability to sidestep the Leg- islature and instead raise tuition by empowering higher education managing boards with tuition au- thority through a policy set up by the board. And while universities could more easily tack numbers onto their tuition price tags, students could also lose TOPS dollars. TOPS money is currently cor- related with tuition costs, meaning students who attend more expen- sive public universities qualify for more tuition relief from TOPS. The board proposed separat- ing TOPS money from tuition costs, which could put TOPS at a ﬁxed rate that is not dependent on the university a stu- dent attends, Droddy said. Securing legisla- tive approval for all of these proposals could be a difﬁcult task, Droddy said, because the Legis- lature has rejected plans to make one higher education governing board in the past. “The Legislature hasn’t been keen on a single board or on changing board power,” Droddy said. Additionally, the board’s rec- ommendations included making the Board of Regents accountable for higher education performance instead of creating a higher edu- cation governing board, recogniz- ing the board’s funding formula as a recommendation tool and distribution model for systems and aligning universities under the appropriate governing board. “This commission has acted with great ﬁdelity and concern for what really matters — provid- ing quality higher education op- portunities that assist students in achieving the American dream of a college degree,” said Commis- sioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell in the release. “I think these strategic recommendations, if adopted by the Legislature, will increase our transparency, boost the performance of our colleges and universities, and create the authority necessary for the Board of Regents to drive the improve- ments our citizens and policy makers demand.” e Daily Reveille page 3Wednesday,November30,2011 SURVIVOR:BUSH 3PM - CAMPUS CHANNEL 75 MAKING MOVES 9 PM - CAMPUS CHANNEL 75 THAT’S AWESOME 9:30 PM - CAMPUS CHANNEL 75 Plucker’s Wing Bar Mon: $14.99 All You Can Eat Wings and $3 Pluckers Specialty Drinks Tues: Kids Eat Free, $3 Mexican Beers and Margaritas Wed: Live Trivia at 8 pm, $4.50 34oz Mugs Thurs: $12.99 All You Can Eat Boneless Wings, $4.50 34oz Mugs $5.50 Patron Margaritas Sun: $3 Pluckers Specialty Shots EVERYDAY BEER SPECIAL: $6.50 34oz Mugs--Blue Moon, Dos Equis, Abitas DO YOU HAVE AN OCCURRENCE? Call Becky at the Student Media Ofﬁce 578-6090, 9AM- 5PM or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org EDUCATION Commission plans to restructure higher ed Legislature must approve changes Andrea Gallo Staff Writer Contact Andrea Gallo at email@example.com ‘‘ ‘Stronger accountability and effciency is critical to the future success of postsecondary education.’ Greg Davis Governance Commission chairman THE FINAL COUNTDOWN BRIANNA PACIORKA / The Daily Reveille The Lil Final Boyz, center, and friends do the Les Miles clap Tuesday while lming for the new Finals Week video.