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Red River Radio
10:11 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Northwestern State president announces his retirement

Dr. Randall Webb, president of Northwestern State University, announced his retirement today.

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 11:37 am

Northwestern State University president Randall J. Webb announced Friday that he will retire later this year, according to a statement from the university. Webb has served as Northwestern State's president since 1996.

In July, he will become the university's longest serving president, surpassing Victor L. Roy, who was president from 1911 to 1929.

Webb said he would set his retirement date "based on when my replacement can assume the official duties and responsibilities of the office of president."

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Red River Radio
8:30 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Magnet highs in Baton Rouge and Shreveport lead state in FAFSA filings

The U.S. Department of Education has published the latest nationwide data on how many high school students have completed their FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Baton Rouge Magnet and Caddo Magnet High in Shreveport lead Louisiana schools in submitting the most applications. The vice president of the Louisiana Education Loan Authority (LELA) says it’s not surprising that two magnet schools are out ahead.

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WRKF
3:02 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Higher Education: Paying More for Less

Higher Education system presidents testify in House Appropriations. (L to R) Dr. Monty Sullivan, LCTCS; Dr. F. King Alexander, LSU; Dr. Ronald Mason, SU; Dr. Sandra Woodley, UL.

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 6:23 pm

 

   The House Appropriations Committee got a different look at the cost of six years’ worth of higher education cuts Monday, as the push is on for colleges and universities to better prepare students to fill new jobs coming to Louisiana.

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WRKF
3:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Higher Education Funding for Worker Development

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 12:34 pm

The House Appropriations Committee advanced a bill establishing the WISE (Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy) Fund on Monday. The proposal, authored by House Speaker Chuck Kleckley and now headed to the House floor, sets up a system to pay bonuses to colleges that turn out graduates prepared to fill the high-demand jobs soon coming to Louisiana. Colleges will also have to come up with a 20 percent match from private firms in order to be eligible for a portion of the $40 million fund.

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Latest News
5:09 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Lawmakers Reject Tweaks To TOPS Tuition Program

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The House Education Committee shot down a bill that would change eligibility for Louisiana's TOPS program and require repayment of the free college tuition if students lose their awards.

Napoleonville Representative Joe Harrison was pushing the TOPS changes as a way to cut costs for a program expected to cost about $235 million next year.

Several lawmakers said they were worried about the long-term financial stability of the program, but that didn't generate enough votes for Harrison's proposal to put limits on the popular program.

Lee Circle
7:30 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Louisiana ArtWorks Building To Become Culinary Institute

The Louisiana ArtWorks building on Lee Circle has sat vacant for years, but will now become a culinary institute.
Downtown Development District

 

A brand new culinary institute has been approved for the site of the former Louisiana ArtWorks building on Howard Avenue. The New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute won the bidding over two other competitors.

Tyler Bridges of The Lens talked with WWNO News Director Eve Troeh about the details of the $6 million deal.

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Red River Radio
10:55 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Louisiana higher ed leaders eager to roll out workforce plan

University of Louisiana System president Sandra Woodley is promoting a plan to address workforce challenges in Louisiana.

When the Louisiana Legislature convenes next month it will consider whether to fund a $40 million plan to create a pot of money that the state’s colleges and universities can compete over. Penned by higher education system leaders, the so-called WISE (Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy) plan is meant to help remedy niche labor shortages in the state.

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Higher Education
5:40 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Penn Law Dean Michael Fitts Named Next Tulane President

Michael A. Fitts has been named the next president of Tulane University. He takes over July 1.
Tulane University

Tulane University has selected Michael A. Fitts, the dean and a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, as the successor to retiring president, Scott Cowen.

Fitts takes over at Tulane on July 1.

At a news conference Tuesday, Rick Rees, a co-chair of Tulane's presidential search committee, said the panel unanimously selected Rees.

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Red River Radio
9:18 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Louisiana Tech to discuss 'big data' with Ark-La-Tex firms

Louisiana Tech's Tim Bisping (left) and Jim Cochran are organizing a business analytics conference in Shreveport.

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:19 am

Louisiana Tech University is set to host its first conference on business analytics next month at its Shreveport Center. The discussion will focus on how to harness "big data" – all that valuable information people generate day after day. 

The ability to take big data and turn it into useful information for businesses cuts across all sectors, according to Jim Cochran, a professor of quantitative methods. Cochran has assembled a variety of speakers on big data.

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Red River Radio
9:32 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Northwestern State receives grant to research cattleman popularized in 'Lonesome Dove'

Northwestern State associate professor of history John Price prepares Charles Goodnight papers in his office as part of a project with the University of Oklahoma Press.

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 10:44 am

A Northwestern State University professor has received a $50,000 grant to publish a three-volume set of the Charles Goodnight papers. Goodnight was one of the most prosperous and prominent cattlemen in the American West. The novel “Lonesome Dove” is a fictionalized account of a Goodnight cattle drive. Northwestern State associate professor of history John Price is sifting through thousands of Goodnight artifacts.

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