Monthly Archives: March 2016

SWOT SESSIONS ARE RESCHEDULED

 

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Office of the President

**SWOT SESSIONS ARE RESCHEDULED**

 Due to inclement weather, the next phase of our Strategic Planning process has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 31, 2016. Various constituent groups are being asked to participate in SWOT Analysis planning sessions. The purpose of these sessions is to receive input from internal and external stakeholders in areas that could impact future decisions for management at Grambling State University.

Again, I have appointed Dr. Ellen Smiley, Dean of the Honors College and Dr. Adriel Hilton, Chief of Staff as co-chairs of the Strategic Planning Committee. During the meeting, they will provide you with additional information regarding the role and scope of the analysis. The following times and date are listed below.

 

Constituent Group Time Location
Department Heads, Academic Coordinators, Directors & Faculty Senate 9:00 – 10:50 a.m.* Eddie Robinson Museum
Student Leaders 11:00 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.* Eddie Robinson Museum
Athletics 1:00 – 2:50 p.m.* Eddie Robinson Museum
Community Leaders 3:00 – 4:50 p.m.* Eddie Robinson Museum
Alumni & Foundation 5:30 – 7:20 p.m.* President’s Conference Room**

 

*Food will be served. **Limited Seating available – (Webinar capability available. Call-in instructions will be provided upon RSVP.)

Thank you, in advance, for the invaluable service you will render to the university in this capacity. Seating is limited; therefore, please RSVP to proctork@gram.edu by March 22, 2016 if you plan to attend.

A culmination Open Meeting is scheduled Friday, April 8, 2016; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Betty Smith Nursing Building Auditorium. I invite you to participate.

Sincerely,
Willie D. Larkin, Ph.D.
President
Grambling State University | Grambling, LA 71245
Phone: 318-274-6117 | Fax: 318-274-6172
GramblingPresident@gram.edu | www.gram.edu

“ONE GRAMBLING: Honoring History, Keeping Promises and Fulfilling Dreams”

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Summer School will be in session

 

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Office of the President

Dear Grambling State Family:

On behalf of the Office of the President at Grambling State University (GSU), we want to express our most heartfelt gratitude to each of you all for your great work this academic year and for your patience as the University undergoes changes. It is because of each of you that we are able to uphold: “ONE GRAMBLING: Honoring History, Keeping Promises, and Fulfilling Dreams”.

As administrators, it is our significant responsibility to provide guidance to our students and to articulate clearly our expectations for the rest of the academic year. We have to uphold the integrity of this institution by facilitating accurate information. For that reason, your interactions with the students are imperative and must reflect the mission, vision, and motto of GSU. We want our students to continue to thrive in a serene and positive environment. Your position is critical to the success of the students, university and surrounding community.

Our strategic plan, which is underway, will be the foundation of the progression to change. Due to the efforts of the faculty, staff and students, the University enhances and promotes student life with numerous student activities and academic mobility throughout the year. In addition, to stabilizing and growing the institution, addressing these priorities will enable GSU to continue to provide quality lifelong learning and outreach opportunities inclusive of economic/workforce development initiatives for individuals, faith/community-based organizations, and engage in institutional partnerships.

Therefore, it is imperative that students be provided with accurate and complete information. With this letter, we want to assure each of you that the university remains healthy and will indeed remain open for summer session 2016.

With Great Enthusiasm,

Dr. Willie D. Larkin
President
Grambling State University | Grambling, LA 71245
Phone: 318-274-6117 | Fax: 318-274-6172
GramblingPresident@gram.edu | www.gram.edu

“ONE GRAMBLING: Honoring History, Keeping Promises and Fulfilling Dreams”

 

P.O. Box 607.403 Main Street • Grambling, LA 71245 • Office: (318) 274-6117 • Fax: (318) 274-6172 • www.gram.edu
A Constituent Member of the University of Louisiana System • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
An Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator • Facilities Accessible to the Disabled

 

Only Two Days Left in Special Session GSU Needs You Now

 

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Office of the President

ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT IN SPECIAL SESSION
G
RAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY NEEDS YOU NOW

With only two days remaining in the special legislative session, we need your help more than ever. In this very tight timeframe, legislators must find $177 million to ensure the budget gaps for higher education and healthcare are filled. Today is the last day for members to pass bills from the House in time to be approved by the Senate before session ends.

We need you to spread the word on the importance of valuing higher education in Louisiana. Louisiana’s higher education system is already the lowest funded state in the South—we need reinvestment, not more disinvestment.

Instruments that could help spare higher education from another budget cut include:

House Bill 34, Rep. Walt Leger, changes upper and middle income tax brackets.   Generates $44.2 M in FY 16 and $324 M in FY 17.

House Bill 33, Rep. Walt Leger, reduces the deduction from gross income for federal itemized deductions.  Generates no revenue in FY 16 but $142 M in FY 17.

House Bill 64, Rep. Jack Montoucet, “cleans” one penny of sales and use tax exemption for utilities.  May be amended to “clean” two pennies.  Fiscal note in FY 16 is $60 M and FY 17 is $240 M.

House Bill 46, Rep. Ted James, reduces the amount of ad valorem tax credits and provides for the carry forward of 80 percent.  Fiscal note assumes no revenue in FY 16 and $48 M in FY 17.

Clean penny legislation:

House Bill 61, Rep. Jay Morris, no fiscal note

House Bill 101, Rep. Katrina Jackson, FY 16 fiscal note of $170 M and $797 M in FY 17

House Bill 104 by Rep. Julie Stokes, FY 16 fiscal note of $116 M and $574 M in FY 17.

Please contact your legislator today and ask them to find funding to support our universities… to support Grambling State University.

 

P.O. Box 607.403 Main Street • Grambling, LA 71245 • Office: (318) 274-6117 • Fax: (318) 274-6172 • www.gram.edu
A Constituent Member of the University of Louisiana System • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
An Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator • Facilities Accessible to the Disabled

Grambling State University president speaks to Jefferson Parish students

Reprinted from here: http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/grambling-state-university-president-speaks-to-jefferson-parish-students/38320832

JEFFERSON PARISH, La.Grambling State University’s president spent some time with Jefferson Parish students on Thursday at a special assembly.

A spirited speech from Dr. Willie Larkin kicked off Thursday for students from several Jefferson Parish middle and high schools.

Larkin spoke of his journey from being a sharecropper’s son to a university administrator. He said the message to take away from this assembly: Don’t let your current situation define you!

Larkin told the group if they learn to work hard now, there is no limit to how successful they can be.

He says this advice could be useful to state lawmakers, too.

“If we don’t address the issue of higher education, we’re going to put ourselves in a predicament that we’re not going to rebound from,” said Larkin. “We’re trying to convince the legislature to look favorably on education, because that’s the thing that’s really going to improve the state. You cannot cut your way to prosperity. So we’re encouraging our legislators to look at the future of the state and invest in education.”

Larkin says right now, Grambling, just like the rest of the public colleges and universities in the state, are facing some serious financial challenges.

To survive the nearly $3 million in cuts from the state, he says they have a team considering several scenarios to ensure they’re prepared to keep functioning, regardless of what happens in the legislature.

(Video included in original source here: http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/grambling-state-university-president-speaks-to-jefferson-parish-students/38320832)

Grambling Can’t Take Any More Cuts!

 

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Office of the President

Grambling Can’t Take Any More Cuts!

As members of the House and Representatives and Senate continue to negotiate solutions to solve Louisiana’s budget crisis, higher education is again on the cutting floor. Grambling State University can’t take any more cuts to our budget.

House and Senate members need to add $75 M in funding to higher education to prevent yet another cut to Louisiana’s colleges and universities. After eight years of budget reductions, any cut to higher education should be off the table in those negotiations.

To make up cuts in state funding to colleges and universities, Louisiana has raised tuition on Louisiana students and their families by 99%. Unfortunately, those increases were not used to provide new enhancements at our colleges and universities, but to maintain the status quo. Tuition increases were followed by reductions in state funding from universities and colleges which was then added to the budgets of other state agencies.

The Louisiana Legislative auditor recently released a report on the increase in tax credits and exemptions granted by state agencies, which is depicted in the chart below:

Exhibit 5 - Corporate Income and Franchise Taxes and Exemptions Fiscal Years 2010-14

While state support has increased in some areas of state government, state support for higher education has been cut by $683 M. Our legislators have difficult decisions to make to balance the needs of the state and its future. Our colleges and universities are already funded at the lowest level of any state in the South and near the bottom in the nation.

To prevent another cut to higher education, legislators need to make sure that $75 M of funding is added to higher education before March 9th. Higher education funding is an investment in the state’s future and needs to be a priority again.

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GSU Can’t Take Any More Cuts!

 

P.O. Box 607.403 Main Street • Grambling, LA 71245 • Office: (318) 274-6117 • Fax: (318) 274-6172 • www.gram.edu
A Constituent Member of the University of Louisiana System • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
An Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator • Facilities Accessible to the Disabled

The Special Session Clock is Ticking!

 

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Office of the President

The Special Session Clock is Ticking!

With the clock quickly ticking on special session, I want to make sure you, Grambling Students, Faculty and Staff, Alumni, and Friends, are aware that still lurking in the budget is the largest midyear cut to higher education in the state’s history. Even with the revenue-raising measures passed by the House of Representatives, some already approved and others waiting for approval by the upper chamber, a $75 million cut for higher education remains.  Not only will universities receive a $42 million reduction in state funding but they will also not receive TOPS payments made on behalf of every student on TOPS. We implore you to continue to consider options to fix this gap for higher education before March 9.

No other state in the nation has cut funding to higher education more than Louisiana. Since 2008, Louisiana’s colleges and campuses have had 13 midyear cuts, three in the last 90 days.  According to the Southern Regional Education Board, students enrolled in Louisiana colleges and universities receive the lowest state funding in the South. While students in surrounding states receive an average of close to $6,000 in state funding per student, Louisiana students receive only $3,200. To make up the difference, Louisiana has increased tuition 99 percent, however, even with rapidly increasing tuition costs, Louisiana continues to fall short of funding compared to every other Southern state.

Louisiana already ranks as one of the most uneducated states in the nation, ranking 48th in educational attainment or citizens with a two-year or four-year degree. Educating the citizens of our state is an investment, not a cost. On average, those with college degrees pay twice as many taxes annually as those who conclude education with a high school diploma.

Thank you for your support of Grambling State University and higher education and we look forward to working with you to ensure Louisiana has a stable and sustainable funding source for higher education so our Grambling State University and other institutions can focus on educating our citizens rather than how to trim budgets.

 

P.O. Box 607.403 Main Street • Grambling, LA 71245 • Office: (318) 274-6117 • Fax: (318) 274-6172 • www.gram.edu
A Constituent Member of the University of Louisiana System • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
An Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator • Facilities Accessible to the Disabled