Role, Scope, and Mission Statement: The mission of Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) is to create and maintain an environment conducive to learning and growth, to promote the upward mobility of all people by preparing them to enter into new as well as traditional careers, and to equip them to function optimally in the mainstream of the American Society. The university provides a sound education tailored to special needs of students coming to an open admissions university and prepares students for full participation in a complex society. The university offers a liberal education directed toward the development of higher literacy and a broad intellectual development, which in turn serves as a foundation for training in one of the professions. The SUNO ideal is thus a harmony of the general and the special aspects of learning. It aims at both immediate and long-range rewards. In support of its stated mission, the university embraces six basic objectives: 1) to afford to the citizenry of the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area increased opportunities for higher learning; 2) to provide instruction for the working adult populace of the area who seek to continue their education in the evenings or on the weekend; 3) to train individuals for positions in business, education, industry, and government; 4) to prepare students for graduate work or advanced study; 5) to instruct at the graduate level for the awarding of advanced degrees; 6) to provide opportunities for personal development, self-understanding, and an enhanced self-image.
Peer Institutions: Auburn University at Montgomery, Arkansas Tech University, Morehead State University, Frostburg State University, Delta State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, University of South Carolina at Spartanburg, University of Tennessee - Martin, Midwestern State University, and West Virginia State College.
This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.
In addition to the above recommended appropriation, $435,270 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1999-2000 for long-term debt incurred on behalf of this agency from the previous sale of bonds. Total long-term debt service payments for the state for Fiscal Year 1999-2000 are reflected in the Governor's Executive Budget Supporting Document in Non-Appropriated Requirements, Schedule 22-922.
This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System and the Teachers' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:
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