Louisiana trails only Oklahoma for states with the most higher-education cuts over the past five years, a new study shows.
The study conducted by Illinois State University shows Oklahoma’s appropriations for education have decreased since 2012 by nearly 18 percent. Louisiana’s dropped by 11.5 percent.
The Illinois State University study found that appropriations for West Virginia, Alaska, Kentucky, Arkansas and Kansas have also decreased over the last five years
Universities in most of those states have increased tuition, cut programs, faculty and staff in an effort to make up for those cuts.
“We’re going to continue to do our best with what we have to educate as many students as possible and put them into the workforce, but each cut makes that more difficult,” said Jordan Adams, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College’s public information and marketing coordinator.