Viewpoint: February 26, 2013

There was some alarming news from LSU System President William Jenkins last week. He said LSU is in danger of dropping out of the nation's top tier universities recognized in the US News and World Report rankings.

Last year, LSU was ranked No. 134 out of about 200 schools. Jenkins cites massive budget cuts, as well as the loss of key researchers and valuable grants among the reasons LSU's rankings may fall. This should be a wake-up call for Gov. Bobby Jindal and state lawmakers regarding higher education.

Losing tier one status would not only be a loss of prestige, but it would also make it more difficult for LSU to attract high-performing students and faculty, and to obtain important grants. It would be a major setback for the university, which just reached tier one status four years ago. It's something lawmakers shouldn't allow to happen.