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Students question Southern's cuts

3 years ago November 03, 2011 Nov 3, 2011 Thursday, November 03 2011 Thursday, November 03, 2011 5:04:07 PM EDT in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Some yelled and others applauded as students pelted Southern University Chancellor Dr. James Llorens with questions for an hour and a half at a town-hall style meeting Thursday morning.

"Why has the money been mismanaged all this time," one student asked.

Llorens said the university's money has not been mismanaged; rather, less money is coming in to the university. 

According to Llorens, revenue is down because there are 300 fewer students, operating costs like salaries are up by $5 million, and the state has given Southern $14 million less this year.

"We've been forced to do what we have to do with a lot less support," Llorens told students from the podium.  Llorens assured students accreditation will not be affected by the financial crisis.

What will be affected, Llorens said, is the number of deans.  The school will go from between 12 and 14 deans to four or five.  Deans will also decide what classes to cut, and which ones to consolidate.  They will be meeting over the next week to make those decisions.

"We haven't identified anything on the chopping block," Llorens said.

Llorens told students he'd like to make the town-hall style meetings regular.

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