higher education http://wwno.org en More Students Entering College Without Needing Remedial Work http://wwno.org/post/more-students-entering-college-without-needing-remedial-work <p>More Louisiana high school students are earning college-ready ACT scores. &nbsp;</p><p>The Department of Education said today that more than 23,000 students scored an 18 or higher this year. That’s almost 1,500 more students than last year who scored well enough on the exam to enter college without remedial work.</p><p>The number of graduates who scored well enough to earn scholarships through the state TOPS program also increased by more than 1,000 students.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:24:54 +0000 Associated Press 63402 at http://wwno.org Can A Week-Long Trip Mint New Ambassadors To New Orleans? http://wwno.org/post/can-week-long-trip-mint-new-ambassadors-new-orleans Students at NYU's Food Studies program are studying to be professionals in all walks of life, from community organizers and journalists to food-policy experts and public health workers.</p><p>The class takes a week-long trip to New Orleans each year, which is often the first time students visit the city. Their professor&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">goes to great lengths to connect them with authentic Louisiana experiences, but is a week enough time to overcome years of media-saturated preconceptions? &nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Thomas Walsh 62991 at http://wwno.org Cultural Tourism At Its Finest: Food Studies In New Orleans http://wwno.org/post/cultural-tourism-its-finest-food-studies-new-orleans <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Using food as a way to understand the world is something your parents probably never studied in college, but it’s has become a popular discipline in the past decade. Each year, professor Meryl Rosofsky brings students from <a href="http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/nutrition/food/ma/" target="_blank">NYU’s food studies program</a> to New Orleans for a week-long cultural immersion. We join them at Dooky Chase to hear if their preconceptions of New Orleans are being shed.</span></p><p>We’ll also visit the <a href="http://www.steamboatwarehouse.com/menu" target="_blank">Steamboat Warehouse </a>in St. Landry Parish, take a cooking class with <a href="https://twitter.com/KyanDouglas">Kyan Douglas</a>, and <a href="http://nolavie.com/food-porn-friday-the-brilliance-of-leftovers-32820/" target="_blank">make leftovers with Scott Gold </a>and his enormous jar of kimchi.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:02:28 +0000 Poppy Tooker 62990 at http://wwno.org UNO Will Discontinue Some Degree Programs http://wwno.org/post/uno-will-discontinue-some-degree-programs <p>The University of New Orleans announced Friday that it will begin assessing all of the school’s degree programs to determine which programs should be dropped in an effort to streamline resources and cut costs, <a href="http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/news/9449869-171/uno-to-evaluate-degree-programs">the Advocate reports</a>.</p><p>UNO currently has 84 degree programs. A working group made up of of the deans of the five academic colleges and other university leaders will evaluate the programs to decide which to keep and which to cut.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:18:35 +0000 Janaya Williams 62467 at http://wwno.org Most New Orleans Public School Grads Go To College, Stay In-State http://wwno.org/post/most-new-orleans-public-school-grads-go-college-stay-state <p><a href="http://thelensnola.org/2014/05/20/college-entrance-rate-for-graduates-of-city-public-high-schools-edges-past-statewide-averages/">The Lens reports</a> that almost 70 percent of New Orleans public high school students in the class of 2012 went on to college. That number leads the state average by two percentage points.</p><p>Data comes from the nonprofit <a href="http://educatenow.net/">Educate Now</a> website. The site released data this week about high school graduation rates in New Orleans.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Janaya Williams 61082 at http://wwno.org Tulane Goes Down To The River To Study http://wwno.org/post/tulane-goes-down-river-study <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It wasn’t that long ago that the idea surfaced to use the power of the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mississippi River as a source for energy. But it turns out that turbines placed near New </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Orleans weren’t going to be that effective after all. So some smart folks at Tulane&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University have come up with other ideas.</span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 13:40:48 +0000 Sharon Litwin 60776 at http://wwno.org 20/20 Hindsight: Dedicating State Funding Streams http://wwno.org/post/2020-hindsight-dedicating-state-funding-streams <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/WP_000686.jpg" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/05/Capitol_Access_051914.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;</span>“I don’t have a warm fuzzy feeling about this,” Senate Finance Committee chairman Jack Donahue said, regarding a proposed constitutional amendment to help Higher Ed.<p>The House-approved measure that would have dedicated state funding for colleges and universities was shot down in Donahue’s committee late last week. Donahue, who also serves on the Senate Education Committee, said he supported the concept but was reluctant to lock up any more state dollars.<p> Mon, 19 May 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 60956 at http://wwno.org Effort to Elevate TOPS Standards Ends http://wwno.org/post/effort-elevate-tops-standards-ends <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2014/05/Capitol_Access_051314.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/WP_000645.jpg" alt="" /><p>“It it’s not broken, let’s don’t try to fix it,” Senator Francis Thompson of Delhi summed up the sentiment of a majority of the Senate regarding TOPS.<p>TOPS isn’t broken, but many lawmakers see curbing the cost of the college scholarship program as part of the fix for the state budget. A measure that would have saved an estimated $24-million per year, by raising the standards for TOPS was argued on the Senate floor Monday.<p> Tue, 13 May 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 60625 at http://wwno.org 'Caddo Connections' sets up research-driven view of Caddo culture http://wwno.org/post/caddo-connections-sets-research-driven-view-caddo-culture The regional archeologist for northwest Louisiana, based at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, is out with a book this month that examines the dynamic cultural landscape of the Caddo people and their complex connections with the greater Native American community in the Southeastern U.S.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/rrr/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/Caddo_Connections_book_cover.jpg" alt="" /><p>Jeffrey Girard is the co-author of “Caddo Connections: Cultural Inte Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:15:00 +0000 Kate Archer Kent 59598 at http://wwno.org First Lady Michelle Obama And Governor Jindal To Deliver Commencement Addresses http://wwno.org/post/first-lady-michelle-obama-and-governor-jindal-deliver-commencement-addresses <p>First Lady Michelle Obama will address graduating students and their families at Dillard University’s 2014 commencement ceremony in May.</p><p>In a news release Thursday, the White House said that Dillard University was chosen because of "its legacy as one of America’s top historically black universities."</p><p>On the same day — May 10 — Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will also deliver a commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Liberty is a private Christian college founded by the late Reverend Jerry Falwell.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:49:25 +0000 Janaya Williams 58784 at http://wwno.org