Why do we have four boards of management in this state and not have schools with similar missions under the same management boards? You have a board for community colleges that was created to link with the VoTech schools, a good idea. Yet you have LSU-E and Southern Shreveport, both two-year colleges and both in separate systems.
The LSU study that suggested looking at merging LSUS, LSUHSC, and LaTech, makes perfect sense to create a regional medical institution with strong undergraduate and graduate programs that are needed here in the Shreveport-Bossier area. Let the new creation stay in the LSU System and eliminate the need for Tech-Barksdale here in the community. Why do we have two community colleges here in Shreveport-Bossier? Simple, you have two schools, SU-Shreveport, and BPCC, both operating under different boards, and both "competing" against one another for an ever shrinking funding source.
I have been involved in higher education issues over the past 20 years, as a member of the LSUS Alumni Board, LSUS Foundation President, LSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, LSU Law Center Chancellor's Advisory Committee, LSUS Adjunct Professor, and also have served on the ULS Board of Supervisors, serving as its chair for 2004-2005.Â In addition, I serve on Centenary College's Board of Trustees.Â I have three degrees from LSU and another degree from the University of Oklahoma.
I have only one agenda and that is to improve higher education for all residents of Louisiana. You do not achieve such by tearing one institution down at the expense of others. LSU is only as strong as ULL,Â Southern University, UNO, or BPCC. In my study of history, I do not ever recall a flagship winning a naval battle without help from those destroyers and battleships surrounding it. Let's continue the debate using some common sense and improve all of higher education here in Louisiana.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 12, 2013:
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
The alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme that went on for four years under DA Mike Harson’s nose isn’t just schizophrenic, bipolar and recovering from mini strokes; he now says he has cancer.
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If all 44 projects are approved, about $300 million would remain in the fund set up as a down payment to help the Gulf.
Last week, the Saints gave up 429 yards to Seattle, second most in a game this season.
Since Anthony Jennings and Brooks Haack were not expected to contribute until next year at the earliest, it seemed like a sneak peek at hidden Christmas gifts.
Louisiana National Guard personnel seeking benefits for same-sex spouses will have an easier time filing the requests, despite a state refusal to let its workers process the paperwork.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera sees one potential flaw with his team's stellar defensive play so far this season. "Apparently we like to bite on the double moves," Rivera said.
Computer hackers may have gained access to the personal information of thousands of Louisiana residents who use debit cards issued by JPMorgan Chase for three state agencies, authorities said Wednesday.
Jim Purcell, who has been in the job since February 2011, notified the Board of Regents about his decision at its monthly meeting.