HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana University has begun cutting nearly $13 million from its budget and will be laying off dozens of employees.
In all, 13 instructor positions will be eliminated and 23 filled positions will be laid off, resulting in a savings of $1.9 million.
“While the $13 million budget reduction for the new fiscal year is significant, the true magnitude is more apparent when the cumulative amount of reduction in state funds is considered,” Crain said in a message to faculty and staff. “Since the beginning of the 2008-09 fiscal year, our state funds have been reduced by almost $40 million, essentially cutting our state funds in half.”
The budget will also eliminate 80 positions through retirements, resignations and vacant positions that will save around $4.4 million.
The university’s operating budget is now at $107.8 million