POSTED: Monday, July 2, 2012 - 5:25pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 10:23am
BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — Seventy faculty positions eliminated, courses slashed. These numbers illustrate the difficult cuts Southern University has had to make over the past eight months after it declared a financial emergency.
"I think that's a positive change," says Demetrius Sumner.
Former student government president Demetrius Sumner doesn't see the cuts as a negative. He believes it was a necessary move other schools can learn from.
"You will continue to see monumental progress on this campus. Southern University in ten years is going to be a global model for higher education," says Sumner.
Fewer professors on campus though means larger classes for students like Meagan Gauthier. The sophomore believes that's actually a positive.
"As long as you apply yourself and get the relationship with your teacher, the good student-teacher relationship everything will be ok. And it's almost the more the merrier...So the large class size hasn't been that much of a problem," says Gauthier.
But Faculty Senate President Thomas Miller doesn't think that's the case at all.
"There are a good number of students whose graduation rate may well have been pushed back simply due to the fact that we didn't have the faculty to offer these courses, so it's having an effect," says Miller.
But for Gauthier she just sees Southern's journey through this financial emergency as another oportunity for her university to show what it's made of.
"Every school has their trials and tribulations. This just happens to be ours," says Gauthier.