“Education has been going through budget cuts for the past 8 to 10 years. It’s nothing new to ULM,” says Brea Joyner, ULM Student.
However, the University of Louisiana Monroe says despite budget woes, they are still thriving.
ULM spring enrollment has increased, up 477 students.
“It’s a combination of attraction for new students and the ability to retain the students that you have here. That part of it is a dedication to the support services and the academic quality to the programs that we provide,” says Eric Pani, ULM VP Academic Affairs
Academic rankings and recognition are also placing high amongst other universities in the nation.
“Always looking for opportunities for relevant degree programs,” says Pani.
The athletic program may even have a conference title coming their way.
“The basketball team is doing an amazing job again this year. They were the last team last year in the state playing basketball, and we expect they are going to go a long ways again this season,” says Pani.
Budget cuts have hit ULM faculty, with the number of employees down by 400.
But administrators say faculty have picked up the slack and aren’t even being compensated for it.
“People are generally covering more than one job than they would’ve had in 2008,” says Pani.
Warhawk students say this just goes to show how invested the university is in them, despite what’s going on in capitol hill.
“We had renovations at the cafe. We just got provisions on demand, which is a snack bar downstairs. We just got Barnes and Noble. We are still thriving through this because we are looking at the light, instead of the debt that our state has caused us to be in,” says Joyner.