To: Nicholls Community
The University of Louisiana System office will submit its 2009-2010 proposed budget reduction working document and those of its eight member institutions to the Division of Administration on Monday, February 9, 2009. I want to give the Nicholls campus a preview of the working document submitted to the University of Louisiana System.
As instructed by the Jindal administration, Nicholls created two scenarios: one detailing the impact of a 15.8 percent or $4.7 million budget reduction and the other detailing the impact of a 28.5 percent or $8.6 million budget reduction.
Either would have a devastating impact on Nicholls and everyone it serves. Obviously, programs and personnel would be affected immediately should these situations occur, and we can only begin to try to project the long term effect not just on students, but on the entire region served by Nicholls.
The working document outlines the worst-case scenario, a 28.5 percent budget reduction that would result in the elimination of 17 academic programs, two student service centers and four academic support services. Reductions would be made to four academic services, six support services and 11 operational/administrative support services. A total of 123 employees would be affected: 45 faculty, 37 unclassified staff and 41 classified staff.
The working document also outlines the 15.8 percent budget reduction that would result in the elimination of eight academic programs, one student service center and one academic support service. Reductions would be made to three academic programs, two academic services, three support services, one student service center and nine operational/administrative support services. A total of 58 employees would be affected: 23 faculty, 15 unclassified staff and 20 classified staff.
We must keep in mind that this was created and compiled hastily to meet the criteria requested by the Jindal administration and any implementation of a budget cut at any level will require much thought, planning and input from interested parties before being finalized. When all is said and done, it is not likely that what we have submitted will become reality.
I want to caution students, faculty and staff from “jumping to conclusions” prior to any actual action that may be taken. Again, no actions of any kind have been finalized, nor will they be, before involving the Nicholls community.
I will continue to keep you informed as events occur.
Stephen T. Hulbert