The unified front usually put forward by university officials in public discussions of college funding fell apart Tuesday.
Tension between the heads of the LSU, Southern and University of Louisiana systems and Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell over the way state funds are divided in a formula developed by the Board of Regents spilled out into testimony over the proposed budget that's to go into effect July 1.
The funding formula was developed at a time when university funding was growing. It shifts from primarily enrollment-based budgeting to allocating 15 percent of the funds according to performance. Included are graduation rates, course offerings that are job-oriented and research offerings.
Funding has been dropping the past four years and this year just over $1 billion is being split up. Purcell said that is roughly 65 percent of what universities should be funded.