higher education http://wrkf.org en 20/20 Hindsight: Dedicating State Funding Streams http://wrkf.org/post/2020-hindsight-dedicating-state-funding-streams <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>“I don’t have a warm fuzzy feeling about this,” Senate Finance Committee chairman Jack Donahue said, regarding a proposed constitutional amendment to help Higher Ed.</p><p></p><p>The House-approved measure that would have dedicated state funding for colleges and universities was shot down in Donahue’s committee late last week. Donahue, who also serves on the Senate Education Committee, said he supported the concept but was reluctant to lock up any more state dollars.</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 26762 at http://wrkf.org 20/20 Hindsight: Dedicating State Funding Streams What's Your Major? 4 Decades Of College Degrees, In 1 Graph http://wrkf.org/post/whats-your-major-4-decades-college-degrees-1-graph In honor of college graduation season, we made a graph. It answers a few questions we had: What is the mix of bachelor's degrees awarded today, and how has the mix changed over the past several decades?<p><em>Hover over the graph to see how the popularity of each category changes over time. Click or tap to see a category individually.</em><p>A few notes:<p><strong>The persistence of business.</strong> Business majors, which include accounting, marketing, operations and real estate, grew even more popular over the past several decades. Fri, 09 May 2014 14:11:00 +0000 Quoctrung Bui 26342 at http://wrkf.org What's Your Major? 4 Decades Of College Degrees, In 1 Graph WEDNESDAY: LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope; Mass Comm Professor Jensen Moore http://wrkf.org/post/wednesday-lsu-faculty-senate-president-kevin-cope-mass-comm-professor-jensen-moore <p>LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope stops by the studio to talk with Jim about higher education at LSU, as well as issues concerning LSU's tuition, infrastructure, and health care. Also, LSU Mass Communication Professor Jensen Moore joins Jim to talk about this years best, worst, and most controversial Super Bowl commercials.</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:19:37 +0000 Jim Engster 22174 at http://wrkf.org Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen? http://wrkf.org/post/part-time-professors-demand-higher-pay-will-colleges-listen When you think about minimum-wage workers, college professors don't readily come to mind. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 22102 at http://wrkf.org Part-Time Professors Demand Higher Pay; Will Colleges Listen? Governor's Budget Proposal Unveiled http://wrkf.org/post/governors-budget-proposal-unveiled <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Despite being under a “state of emergency” due to Friday’s wintry weather, members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee braved rain, sleet and snow to get their first look at Governor Bobby Jindal’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:41:34 +0000 Sue Lincoln 21696 at http://wrkf.org Governor's Budget Proposal Unveiled FRIDAY: Steven Barnett, Sandra Woodley & Max McLean http://wrkf.org/post/friday-steven-barnett-sandra-woodley-max-mclean <p>Jim Engster interviews Steven Barnett, Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, Sandra Woodley, President&nbsp; of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette System, and Max McLean of the theatrical production of "C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters."</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:21:46 +0000 Jim Engster 21665 at http://wrkf.org College Costs Are Daunting, Even For The 'Comfortable' http://wrkf.org/post/college-costs-are-daunting-even-comfortable President Obama thinks more poor kids who are good students should be enrolled in the country's best colleges and universities. Too often, he says, kids from lower income families don't even apply to the best schools, where they might have a good chance of getting financial aid.<p>This week, he gathered the heads of 100 colleges and universities to a meeting at the White House to discuss how to change this situation for the better. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:03:49 +0000 Lynn Neary 21437 at http://wrkf.org College Costs Are Daunting, Even For The 'Comfortable' FRIDAY: John N. Kennedy, La. State Treasurer http://wrkf.org/post/friday-john-n-kennedy-la-state-treasurer <p>Jim Engster speaks with John N. Kennedy, Louisiana State Treasurer, about state budget matters including his support of a plan to reduce state consulting contracts to help improve funding of higher education.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:28:28 +0000 Jim Engster & jim 21388 at http://wrkf.org FRIDAY: LSU MassComm Professor Bob Mann, Author Samuel Freedman, State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton http://wrkf.org/post/friday-lsu-masscomm-professor-bob-mann-author-samuel-freedman-state-librarian-rebecca-hamilton <p>LSU's Bob Mann and author Samuel Freedman, who wrote a book about Grambling State University, discuss the state of Higher Education in Louisiana.</p><p>State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton talks about the annual Louisiana Book Festival, this weekend in Baton Rouge at the State Capitol.</p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:03:25 +0000 Jim Engster 18199 at http://wrkf.org Recent Findings Question State Support Of Black Colleges http://wrkf.org/post/recent-findings-question-state-support-black-colleges This week, a federal judge <a href="http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-10-08/news/bs-md-black-colleges-rulling-20131007_1_black-institutions-black-colleges-hbcus">found</a> that historically black colleges in Maryland were harmed when better-funded traditionally white institutions offered up the same degree programs in the state.<p>Tricia Bishop of <em>The Baltimore Sun</em> summed up the judge's ruling this way:<p><blockquote><p>"The 60-page opinion ... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:40:38 +0000 Gene Demby 17306 at http://wrkf.org Recent Findings Question State Support Of Black Colleges