higher education

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?

Hover over the graph to see how the popularity of each category changes over time. Click or tap to see a category individually.

A few notes:

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.


When you think about minimum-wage workers, college professors don't readily come to mind. But many say that's what they are these days.

Of all college instructors, 76 percent, or over 1 million, teach part time because institutions save a lot of money when they replace full-time, tenured faculty with itinerant teachers, better known as adjuncts.

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.

FRIDAY: Steven Barnett, Sandra Woodley & Max McLean

Jan 24, 2014

Jim Engster interviews Steven Barnett, Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, Sandra Woodley, President  of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette System, and Max McLean of the theatrical production of "C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters."

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.

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. I hope he is successful.

FRIDAY: John N. Kennedy, La. State Treasurer

Jan 17, 2014

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.


LSU's Bob Mann and author Samuel Freedman, who wrote a book about Grambling State University, discuss the state of Higher Education in Louisiana.

State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton talks about the annual Louisiana Book Festival, this weekend in Baton Rouge at the State Capitol.


This week, a federal judge found that historically black colleges in Maryland were harmed when better-funded traditionally white institutions offered up the same degree programs in the state.

Tricia Bishop of The Baltimore Sun summed up the judge's ruling this way:

Opposing opinions surfaced from state education leaders this week on whether the state should move forward on implementing national education standards called Common Core.  The ongoing struggle to fund higher education continued at a meeting of higher education officials Wednesday.

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