Southern System restructures to deal with cuts
BATON ROUGE - The head of the Southern University System says a system-wide restructuring done to cope with years of budget cuts has streamlined operations and is improving the system's financial situation.
System President Ronald Mason says Southern's main campus in Baton Rouge still has financial challenges to correct.
But he told the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday that the system's consolidation of information technology, human resources and other "back-office" operations has cut costs.
Meanwhile, he says efforts to expand online degree programs and the widened availability of community college course offerings in the system have started to stabilize enrollments.
After six straight years of budget slashing, Mason says Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has suggested stable state funding could be on the horizon for university systems.