Jan 9, 2012 7:45 PM by Herbie Smith
To tackle the state's deficit across Louisiana, higher education was hit with a $50-million cut which directly affects UL with a $3.3-million cut back.
Starting with a $1-million cut from external research centers in manufacturing, the LITE center and the Picard Center for Child Development. Jerry Leblanc, the VP of Administration and Finance says these cutbacks will have a negative effect on state's economy. Another $1-million was cut from athletic support. The Athletic Department now will depend more on private funds and aide from the community.
"The Ragin Cajun Athletic Foundation will become more critical as we go through successive budget cuts," Leblanc said.
The third $1-million cut was made from UL's Educational Resource Equipment and Acquisitions. This means faculty will have less funds to buy tools for student services. For the past three years, Leblanc says the university has been dealing with budget cuts. If the university continues to face these cuts, Leblanc says, he's concerned tuition will become less affordable.
"We're down in state general funds support by almost a third which puts greater pressure on tuition," said Leblanc.