LSU fans cried when the football Tigers fell from number 5 to number 21 after losing to Wisconsin. But how many wept when LSU’s academic ranking fell again this year on U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of top colleges?
LSU tied for 135th out of 220 national universities — tying its lowest ranking of the last decade.
Unlike the football team’s fortunes, this lower ranking isn’t anybody’s fault at LSU. Instead, it’s a direct result of years of budget cuts by former Governor Bobby Jindal and state lawmakers. And it proves you cannot do more with less. With less, you get … less.
Congratulations, meanwhile, to Tulane, which went from 41st to 39th. The difference is leadership.