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Northwestern State continues on in spite of debilitating cuts to higher education in Louisiana

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Contact: David West (west@nsula.edu)

            News Bureau

            Northwestern State University

            Natchitoches, LA 71497

            (318) 357-6466

           5/28/2010

           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

            NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University served termination notices this week to 26 full-time employees and 8 part-time personnel in its continuing efforts to offset some $9.7 million in state budget cuts over the past 18 months and projected future reductions.

            NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb said the termination of the 17 full-time Civil Service employees, 9 full-time unclassified personnel and 8 part-time unclassified staff members will become effective by the beginning of the new fiscal year that starts July 1 and will reduce personnel costs by some $1,072,000.

            In addition to the 34 layoffs, Webb said 12 tenured faculty members and 5 Civil Service employees will retire by the end of the current fiscal year under an incentive plan that was developed to help reduce staffing and personnel costs.  […]

            State funding for Northwestern has been reduced by $9,699,464, or 19.51 percent, since July 1 of 2008.  The reductions include a $2.1 million mid-year cut in 2008-09, a $4 million reduction at the beginning of the current fiscal year, a $2.2 million mid-year cut earlier this year and a recent fourth quarter reduction for the current fiscal year of $1.3 million.

            The university has also been informed, Webb said, that state funding for next year will be reduced by $1.1 million and could be cut even more drastically when federal stimulus funds, including more than $10 million in the NSU budget, run out before the 2011-12 fiscal year.  In addition, the university must absorb some $2 million next year in such unfunded mandates as insurance and retirement costs that will not be covered by state allocations. 

           As a result of the state budget cuts, 160 positions have now been eliminated at Northwestern, reducing the size of the university’s faculty and staff from some 960 positions at the beginning of the 2007-08 fiscal year to just over 800. […]

            Webb said cuts in state funding have resulted in personnel reductions at all public universities in Louisiana in recent months.  He said the eight schools in the University of Louisiana System, which includes Northwestern, have laid off 465 employees and eliminated 600 vacant positions.

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