Role, Scope, and Mission Statement: The University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL), a member of the University of Louisiana System, is a public, Doctoral II institution of higher education offering associate, bachelorís, mastersí and doctoral degrees. Its academic programs are administered by the Colleges of Applied Life Sciences, the Arts, Business Administration , Education, Engineering, General Studies, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Sciences and the Graduate School. The university is dedicated to achieving excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, in research and in public service. For undergraduate education, this commitment implies a fundamental subscription to general education, rooted in the primacy of the traditional liberal arts and sciences as the core around which all curricula are developed. The graduate curricula seek to develop scholars who will variously advance knowledge, cultivate aesthetic sensibility, and improve the material conditions of humankind. The university reaffirms its historic commitment to diversity and integration. Thus, through instruction, research, and service, the university promotes regional economic and cultural development, explores solutions to national and world issues, and advances its reputation among its peers.
Peer Institutions: The University of Alabama, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Central Florida, University of Louisville, Towson State University, University of Southern Mississippi, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Texas at Arlington, and Old Dominion University.
This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.
In addition to the above recommended appropriation, $2,332,364 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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