POSTED: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 5:13pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 7:00pm
BATON ROUGE, LA(NBC33) — Like universities throughout the state, Southern has felt the effects of budget cuts. They are the first public school in Louisiana though to sacrifice classes on Fridays, in part, because of them. "I'm all for it. Extra day that we don't have school on the weekdays, so I'm all for it," says Southern University student Cody Collins.
Not all students at Southern are as excited about the impending change. "I think they went too far. Budget or no budget, they went too far. Four days out of the week."
To make up for lost class time, classes on Mondays and Wednesdays will be a half an hour longer. Chancellor James Llorens says the changes will save the university a lit bit of money and students like Collins agree, "Teachers don't have to get paid on Fridays. It'll probably save money with the budget and everything."
Llorens says though the upcoming changes are less about money and more about efficiency, "It came up not so much as a way to save a lot of money, but as a way to operate more efficiently to reduce that classroom usage."
How much money the move will actually save is still up in the air. The Chancellor says though there are other benefits to giving students Fridays off, "It would provide Fridays as an opportunity for faculty to engage in advisement. Students to be able to work with faculty, free time for projects. Of course, some students also say they could also use the time to expand their part-time working hours."
Llorens says the school is also thinking about having staff work only four and a half days. He says that decision will probably be made by the end of this semester.