Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Draconian hiring freeze will hurt Louisiana higher education.

This is the time of year when new faculty are hired. If these requests are denied or even delayed by paperwork, the consequences will set Louisiana education back for years. The notion that Angele Davis knows what colleges need, or what candidates are qualified, is ludicrous.

State colleges pressing for thaw in hiring freeze | News for New Orleans, Louisiana | Local News | News for New Orleans, Louisiana | wwltv.com
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana's colleges are pressing for at least a partial waiver of Gov. Bobby Jindal's hiring freeze for their campuses, saying the freeze could hinder their recruitment of new faculty, instructional staff and campus police officers.


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So far, the schools' requests have been denied by Jindal's top budget officer, Commissioner of Administration Angele Davis, who on Monday rejected their latest proposal. The colleges can hire people -- but only with Davis' approval on a case-by-case basis.

Commissioner of Higher Education Joseph Savoie said the public colleges and universities asked the governor's budget office to lift the hiring freeze for filling teaching jobs, security positions and other student services staff, like counselors and advisers.

The hiring would need approval of the college system presidents, rather than just campus administrators, and the presidents would have to report the hiring to Jindal's budget office but wouldn't need Davis' permission, under the proposal Savoie recommended.

"We think that will help to speed the process up, and the system presidents are supposed to be in charge of hiring anyway," Savoie said.

Davis denied the request and said university hirings still will need approval from her office before the jobs can be filled. In a letter to Savoie, she said she would work to quickly review requests for hiring when the universities fill out the required paperwork.

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Amorphous Funk said...

An astonishing move on his part...as if reviewing every applicant for *every open position in the state* is NOT "big government" but the state university and community college system IS? Yeah, money will be saved, quality of education lost, etc. Horrifying.

The long, long road home,New Orleans said...

So now Jindal is in the University business. Does he know he cannot micromanage the entire state???

Doc said...

Just another example of a politician gaining the trust of the voters only to stab them in their backs. If his plan for saving the state money by cutting "unnecessary" funding had been clearly stated as a hiring freeze for Louisiana's colleges and universities, how many of us would still have considered Jindal worthy of the job he has. Attracting students to join our system of higher education - both locally and out-of-state - has always been a difficult task because of the lack of visible (or documentable) improvement over decades. Steps forward will become strides backward in the eyes of potential students.
Welcome to the Monkey House, as Kurt Vonnegut put it.

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