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Southern University to cut employees and degree programs

Southern University is proposing shuttering its School of Architecture, laying off about 50 employees and closing or merging other smaller academic degree programs.

Southern Chancellor Kofi Lomotey discussed some of the proposals during and after a Press Club of Baton Rouge meeting Monday.

The Southern University Board of Supervisors is not scheduled to vote on the planned changes until Friday in New Orleans.

Lomotey is proposing closing or merging 16 of Southern’s 88 academic degree programs.