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Pogue speaks out in favor of new budget increases

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Grambling, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue called Gov. Bobby Jindal's Tuesday announcement that the state will support higher education with a $141.5 million infusion in the coming fiscal year "great news" that will help GSU and all higher education institution across the state.

"This commitment from the governor is wonderful news for students and higher education in the state generally," said Pogue. "Having spent several consecutive years with multiple budget cuts -- at least two each year -- the thought of being able to plan for the next academic year and beyond is nothing more than absolutely exciting."

The total funding, equaling about 6.66 percent increase beyond the current fiscal year budget, will provide GSU with a part of that amount, providing some much-needed relief, the president said. In the last six years, Grambling State has instituted multiple layoffs, reduced the number of vice presidents and associate vice presidents, reduced the number of deans and reduced the number of degree programs from a high of 67 to the current 47.

"A state commitment to stabilize tuition and to allow campuses to retain the revenue generated from student tuition is an important development, and one that allows university presidents, chief academic officers and chief financial officers and others to do their jobs," added Pogue.

The governor also announced a $40 million workforce incentive initiative fund that will match higher education research institutions with additional financial help for those producing students with high-demand certificates and degrees.

"While $40 million for all of higher education is not going to be enough to help all community colleges and four year institutions," said Pogue, "it's a good start and a good opportunity for Grambling State University and others to consider ways we can connect university needs to these specific state requirements so we can better meet student needs.

"Overall, this is a good day for higher education in Louisiana, and very good evidence that Louisiana can turn things around for its deserving students and employees."

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