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Opeational Transparency

The following operational transparency measures illustrate Louisiana's position among its peers.

Cost per credit hour is the cost of each hour to the institution. The total university budget is divided by the total number of credit hours.

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This figure includes mandatory tuition and fees. Louisiana’s tuition and fees have increased significantly since the state began disinvesting in higher education. The state remains slightly below the average when compared to its peers.

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This represents the average tuition paid by students once discounts and allowances such as institutional scholarships are considered.

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The instructional cost per full time equivalent student includes activities that are part of the University’s instruction.  This category excludes academic program administration (e.g. academic deans), except where instructional activities constitute an important role of the administrator.

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The administrative cost per full time equivalent student includes central, executive-level activities concerned with the management and long-range planning for the entire University. This includes University or campus-wide executive management (governing board, planning, programming, legal functions), fiscal services (investment, financing, business, audit functions), general administrative and logistical services (human resources, space management, procurement, parking, communications, stores, printing/photographic, safety functions), administrative computing services, and constituency relations (community, alumni, governmental, fund raising relations).

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We are ripe for faculty reinvestment. One of our biggest challenges as a System is competing with other institutions to retain our best faculty members.

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Louisiana led the nation in higher education disinvestment from 2008 – 2018. The past two years our legislators have held our budgets stable.

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The University of Louisiana System confers more than 16,000 degrees annually. The state invests an average of $18,719 in each degree awarded annually.

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Cost per bachelor’s degree is the total university budget divided by awarded bachelor’s degrees. A person with a bachelor’s degree has a lifetime earnings of a million dollars more than a person with a high school diploma.

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The Universities of Louisiana are among the most efficiently run universities in the nation.

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The Universities of Louisiana offer significant opportunities for social mobility.

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