Financial troubled Southern University is trying to heal itself. University officials are holding meetings around Louisiana, selling a plan to save the school. Southern's President Ronald Mason's gave details about the cost savings plan.
"We have a list of strategies we are going to pursue," Mason said.
Mason says the first part of that strategy is to eliminate duplication. That means each field of study will fall under one central college or program instead of each school in the system having its own. Then Mason wants to coordinate Southern's academic system.
"Third is to become an online HBU brand," Mason said.
Mason says Southern will redefine itself by offering several online degrees but also needs to increase its student body. Lastly, he says the school will hold alumni fundraisers to bring in revenue the state no longer provides.
"We have to first adjust to the resources that we have," Mason said. "Then once we stabilize we can build revenue so we can grow back over time."
Mason also has plans for Southern University at Shreveport. He says classes there we become available online to students in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.