Role, Scope, and Mission Statement: Northwestern State University's (NSU) primary service area includes a nine-parish area in rural northwest Louisiana bordered by Texas. In some education endeavors, the university serves the nearby population centers of Alexandria and Shreveport. An open admissions institution, NSU serves the educational needs of this population primarily through arts, humanities, and science programs, and places a strong emphasis on undergraduate professional programs in business, education, and nursing. NSU is home to the Louisiana Scholars College, the state's selective admissions college for the liberal arts. Graduate programs below the doctoral level are offered primarily in clinical psychology, education, arts, and nursing.
Peer Institutions: Jacksonville State University, University of Central Arkansas, University of North Florida, Valdosta State College, Towson State University, University of Southern Mississippi, Western Carolina University, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Angelo State University, and Norfolk State University.
This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.
In addition to the above recommended appropriation, $1,749,511 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1998-1999 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 1998-1999 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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