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Saving Higher Education (2011)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-01-26

Duration: 00:57:44

Subjects: Louisiana Board of Regents | Louisiana Flagship Coalition | Graduation rates | Filmed panel discussions | HIGHER EDUCATION | STATE BUDGET | TOPS PROGRAM


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Scott, Robert Travis Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Hudson, J. Interviewee
  • Hulbert, Stephen T. Interviewee
  • Levy, Bob Interviewee
  • Jindal, Bobby Speaker
  • Erwin, Barry Interviewee
  • Zuschlag, Richard Interviewee
  • Norris, Katherine Speaker
  • Corley, Blake Speaker
  • Lemoine, Zac Speaker
  • Baggett, Robert Speaker
  • McCullam, Carolyn Speaker
  • Borel, Danielle Speaker
  • Sumner, Demetrius Speaker
  • Carnes, David Speaker
  • Greene, Debra Speaker
  • Aucoin, Sharilyn Speaker
  • George, Sarah Speaker
  • Rushing, Stephen Speaker
  • West, Demetric Speaker
  • Bertolette, William Speaker
  • Ford, John Speaker
  • Kemp, Paul Speaker
  • Waguespack, Stephen Panelist
  • Badon, Austin Panelist
  • Layzell, Thomas Panelist
  • Reilly, Sean Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from January 26, 2011, features Robert Travis Scott leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on strategies for saving higher education. A background report on the recent and proposed budget cuts to higher education precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: J. Hudson, president of the LSU Student Government; Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, the president of Nicholls State University; Bob Ley, the chairman of the Louisiana Board of Regents; Barry Erwin, the president of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL); and Richard Zuschlag, a member of the Louisiana Flagship Coalition. The audience members then discuss: the state’s spending on higher education; their willingness to pay higher taxes; raising tuition; the TOPS program; whether Louisiana has too many four-year schools; and the debate over giving more resources to LSU instead of the state’s other colleges and universities. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Stephen Waguespack, the executive counsel to Governor Bobby Jindal; State Representative Austin Badon, the chairman of the House Education Committee; Thomas Layzell, an advisor to the Louisiana Board of Regents; and Sean Reilly, a co-founder of the Louisiana Flagship Coalition. They discuss: the cuts to higher education; graduation rates; the proposed merger of the University of New Orleans (UNO) and Southern University in New Orleans (SUNO); the work of the Louisiana Flagship Coalition in identifying efficiencies; unlocking the statutory dedications in the state budget; and the work of the Board of Regents in reforming the higher education system. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Robert Travis Scott