University professors criticizing Southern U. - KNOE 8 News; KNOE-TV; KNOE.com |

University professors criticizing Southern U.

Posted: Updated:

BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A national organization of university professors is criticizing the way Southern University faculty members were treated immediately after the school declared a financial emergency nearly two years ago.

The report from the American Association of University Professors accuses Southern of freezing faculty out of the decision-making process as administrators looked for ways to cut costs.

Southern declared a financial emergency in October 2011 as a result of ongoing state budget cuts and student enrollment losses.

According to reports in Baton Rouge, Southern eliminated roughly 70 faculty positions and several dozen non-faculty positions through layoffs, retirements, resignations and attrition.

In his response to the AAUP, Chancellor James Llorens this week, cited repeated state budget cuts, state-mandated increases in admissions standards and numerous unfunded mandates as the reasons for Southern's financial troubles.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KNOE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.