Higher Education Committee Calls For Enhancing Regents' Power in Louisiana

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An 18-member committee established to review how higher education is financed and operated in Louisiana finished its work Tuesday, recommending 21 policy measures that will require approval by the Louisiana Legislature.

The Governance Commission recommended against merging the four boards that run the four college systems into one, opting instead for enhancing the role of the Board of Regents, the higher education coordinating board.

It also called for the boards that run the Southern University System, the Louisiana State University System, the University of Louisiana System and the Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges to have the authority to set tuition in keeping with Regents policies, instead of the current process in which lawmakers approve the increases by two-thirds vote.

The commission's findings must be submitted to the Legislature by Jan. 12. The panel started meeting in August under a mandate in legislation passed at the 2011 session.

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