Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined Northwestern State University (NSU) officials to tour the campus of Northwestern and highlight the school's areas of excellence and stress the importance of reforming and continuing to invest in higher education. Governor Jindal has been visiting higher education institutions in order to get a first-hand look at their areas of excellence.
Governor Jindal said, "While we face long-term budget challenges, we're absolutely dedicated to reforming and investing in higher education, increasing graduation rates and cultivating areas of excellence at our schools so that students can be well-positioned to compete for jobs. By enhancing a student's professional development through hands-on experience, Northwestern's Elementary Lab School is well-positioned to be a driving force in our higher education system."
Governor Jindal visited a number of sites on Northwestern's campus, including the School of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), NSU Elementary Lab School, the Department of Engineering Technology in Williamson Hall and the Culinary Arts Complex.
Under Governor Jindal's administration, $13.35 million has been appropriated to Northwestern State University for various infrastructures projects. The appropriations include $9.45 million for work on both East Caspari Hall and West Caspari Hall and $1 million for renovations to Williamson Hall.
Since Governor Jindal took office less than two years ago, he has worked with the Legislature to appropriate and to finance $492 million in critical higher education infrastructure investments across the state -- including construction, renovations, and major repair projects.
This total includes general fund and capital outlay investments, as well as $225 million for Louisiana Community and Technical College campuses, and surplus investments of $75 million to address higher education deferred maintenance needs across the state, $61 million toward the new clinical research building center at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and more than $98 million toward critical capital outlay construction projects for higher education institutions across the state.