Role, Scope, and Mission Statement: The University of Southwestern Louisiana's (USL) primary service area includes a nine-parish area in the south central portion of Louisiana known as the Acadian region. As a doctoral/research institution, USL serves selected needs of the state as well. Presently an open admissions university, USL serves the education needs of its population primarily by offering a broad range of undergraduate programs, in the traditional areas of the arts, humanities, and sciences, as well as in the professional areas of business, computer science, criminal justice, design, education, engineering and technology, and nursing. Additionally, the university offers master's programs in a wide range of disciplines and participates in a consortium for the master of science degree in nursing with McNeese State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Southern University-Baton Rouge. It offers doctoral programs in computer science, computer engineering, environmental and evolutionary biology, english, mathematics, and francophone studies.
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, $4,026,437 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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