SUNO chancellor speaks out against cuts to higher education - Thursday, May 17, 2012
As the budget continues to move through the state's legislature, higher
educational institutions are expected to see a reduction of more than
$200 million in state support. Particularly hard hit are the schools
within the Southern University System, the nation's only system of
Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The five campuses are
faced with a budget reduction of $19 million dollars, with SUNO
expecting approximately $2.6 less in funding.
"Education is the engine that will drive the growth of the middle class
here in New Orleans." said Victor Ukpolo, SUNO's Chancellor. "These cuts
potentially could cause the loss of faculty or the elimination of
programs which in turn mean that fewer students could have the
opportunity to build a better life for themselves or their families.
Southern University at New Orleans has been growing over the last few
years, fighting to rebuild after the impact of the hurricanes nearly
seven years ago. To continue to have resources siphoned from us makes
our mission to educate much more difficult. The depth of these cuts will
resonate far beyond the walls of SUNO. They will be felt by our city
and across our state."