Students speak out about how budget cutbacks are affecting their education

POSTED: Monday, January 14, 2013 - 6:45pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 14, 2013 - 6:49pm

LSU has faced many budget cuts over the past few years and now faculty and students are seeing the consequences. Over a hundred teachers have been let go since the start of the cuts and that number is still growing. This has not only made classes more difficult for students to schedule but it’s also increased the size of those classes, leaving students with tough decisions; to stay or to go. And faculty says if certain things continue the universities future does not look promising.

"As the universities reputation corrodes because there of the world is watching the very best students will be courted by other universities which means students who are here will not be exposed to as wide of range of persons," says Kevin Cope, the President of the LSU Faculty Senate.

Cope said the level of excellence will in turn go down, changing the face of the school. Some LSU students say they are not happy with the way the budget cuts have affected their education.

“What initially attract me to LSU was the variety of things they are able to offer us and I think with budget cuts it does changes things," says Shamayah Kelley, a student at LSU. Shamyah Keeley is a full time student and has a full time job as transfer student to LSU and she was promised a scholarship but with all the cutbacks she never saw that money.

“It’s harder to get into classes and it makes it more difficult to get regular schedule you prefer especially if you are a working student like I am I have to have a certain schedule t be able to work to pay for my education so this affects me," noted Kelley.

With less and less faculty, classes are larger and harder to come by which is frustrating students. "They are affecting me I have to change my schedule a couple of times because of lack of availability of classes," says another student, Deion Scalling.

And with larger classes, students like Sarah question what kind of education she will be getting. “I’m not sure how it will affect me but I feel like its going to be slightly more difficult to get that one on one time unless I go to their office or whatever," says Sarah Fruge.

And the consolidation of some positions, cuts to faculty and changes in the overall operations - don't reassure students they made the right decision. ”I’m worried this could negatively impact the way the school is run and the way classes are run," noted Fruge.

But even Shamayah knows that with the changes to the schools operations she will still do what she can to succeed. "Its def. frustrations but this is a school I have been wanted to go to for a long time and I make it work and you know its hard but its worth in cause in the end when I get my degree I will be able to say it’s much more valuable because I worked really hard for it."

The cuts to faculty are continuing and other changes will continue to be addressed throughout the year.

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