By Matthew Pleasant
Staff Writer HOUMA - As Nicholls State University braces for a possible loss of millions in state money, which would force major cuts in faculty and courses, it’s touting programs spared this spring by the state Board of Regents.

The programs in land surveying and marine biology were cited in January for their lack of graduates and recommended for possible elimination by the board, which sets policy for higher education in Louisiana.

The university administration successfully defended the programs, which it maintains are relatively new and attracting students. The board ruled it could keep them in late April, and faculty now acknowledges they must grow enrollment before the board evaluates them again in three years.

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