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Best case budget scenario could see Nicholls close temporarily

8 months 5 days 21 hours ago February 15, 2016 Feb 15, 2016 Monday, February 15 2016 February 15, 2016 12:09 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brock Sues
Image: campusexplorer.com

BATON ROUGE - Nicholls State University would be forced to close at least temporarily this year even if the best-case scenario presented to the Louisiana Legislature prevails.

A plan from the University of Louisiana System says the Thibodaux-based school could close for 12 days in the face of budget cuts.

Lawmakers continue to grapple with a midyear budget hole that exceeds $900 million. Even in the best case scenario, higher educations will take a $70 million hit.

Nicholls State is part of the University of Louisiana System, which also includes Louisiana Tech University, Grambling, Northwestern State, Southeastern, McNeese State, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the University of New Orleans.

Some lawmakers are arguing that even if all of the campuses aren’t forced to face temporary closures, midyear cuts are sure to cause great harm across the board, crippling universities for years to come.

Administration from Nicholls State University said the school has no intention of closing unless no other option is presented.

"Nicholls was asked to provide a list of hypothetical scenarios regarding how the campus might handle varying degrees of mid-year budget cuts. Nicholls submitted a financial planning document listing several options that the university is considering. One of those options includes temporarily closing the campus for several days," said a release from the university.

Nicholls says it is working closely with lawmakers to find solutions to facing the budget shortfall, and ensure students and faculty that closure is the absolute last option.

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