Nicholls State University and the University of Southeastern Louisiana are laying off employees. Louisiana State University, though, says it will cut its budget without firing employees. The state's public colleges and universities are absorbing a fifth round of budget cuts since 2008. In the new state budget, higher education was cut by $66 million, bringing total cuts since 2008 to $420 million.
Southeastern, in Hammond, says it will lay off 36 faculty and staff members and eliminate 80 vacant positions. The layoffs include 13 untenured faculty members, Communications Director Rene Abadie said. The university says it's cutting $13 million overall.
"Certainly, a significant part of the difficulty is due to the cumulative amount of multiple reductions we have experienced in the last few years," President John Crain said.
Nicholls State, in Thibodaux, says it's laying off employees, but doesn't know how many yet, as part of an effort to fill a $5.3 million shortfall.