higher education

3:01 am
Tue March 24, 2015

What If There’s No "S" in LSU?

LSU System President F. King Alexander consults with Mike the Tiger

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 6:56 am

Imagine this: it’s a cool autumn Saturday night, and there’s no football in Tiger Stadium. In fact, there’s no LSU football at all, because the state’s flagship university is closed for the year. LSU System President F. King Alexander says the possibility is real.

“This budget reduction is so large, we’d have to furlough everybody for an entire year,” Alexander told the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday.

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3:06 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Mike Foster Honored for Contributions to Community College System

Attendees included Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, former Governor Mike Foster, former Governor Edwin Edwards, former Governor Kathleen Blanco, and LCTCS President Monty Sullivan.

The Louisiana Community and Technical College System awarded former Governor Mike Foster the Inaugural Murphy J. “Mike” Foster Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Community and Technical Colleges in Louisiana last week at the annual conference for Louisiana’s community and technical colleges. Named in his honor, Governor Foster was presented with the award for his leadership and vision in creating the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

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3:01 am
Tue March 3, 2015

"Excellence Fee" Idea Not Measuring Up

Higher Education Commissioner Joseph Rallo

At first, it seemed as though everyone was breathing a sigh of relief, as the 2016 executive budget proposal unveiled last week did not slash higher education as deeply as expected.

“The true reduction to higher education is $211.3 million,” Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols told the Joint Budget Committee last Friday.

But Nichols went on to admit that number is built on “ifs” and “maybes” that include capping the business inventory tax credit, as well as asking college students to pay what the administration is calling an “excellence fee”.

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3:49 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

UNO President Addresses Impact Of Budget Cuts On Higher Education

UNO President Peter Fos addressed the Governor’s executive budget Friday afternoon on campus.
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Governor Jindal announced his proposal Friday afternoon to close a $1.6 billion shortfall for the budget year that begins July 1, 2015. The University of New Orleans was originally expecting a $17 million budget cut. 

Proposed cuts at UNO are now supposed to be around $10 million, less than expected. Still, nobody’s happy about it.

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12:15 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

UNO Professor Teaches Computers The Human Art Of Storytelling

UNO professor Stephen Ware received a grant from the National Science Foundation to create artificial intelligence systems that integrate computer reasoning with the human art of storytelling.
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University of New Orleans computer science professor Stephen Ware is the recipient of a two-year $138,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to create artificial intelligence systems that integrate computer reasoning with the human art of storytelling.

WWNO’s Tech & Innovation Reporter Janaya Williams recently spoke with Ware about his Narrative Intelligence Lab at UNO, and the challenge of teaching computers how to “think” more like human beings.

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3:01 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Higher Education’s Waiting Game

“It’s horrible. It’s as bad as we’ve seen, for sure.”

Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana, says the budget cuts looming ahead for Louisiana’s public colleges and universities are nothing short of brutal.

“We’re talking about three, four, five hundred million—they’re saying—in one year? That is an insurmountable obstacle for these schools.”

Erwin attended Monday’s meeting between governing board members for all of the state’s higher education systems, and some influential lawmakers. With the governor’s budget proposal due to be unveiled Friday, all are asking the same question: How bad will it be?

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3:01 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Fiscal Cliff Injury Report: Higher Ed

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 7:15 am

“Who will starve, and who will get some breadcrumbs?”

That’s the question Southeastern Louisiana University professor Dayne Sherman — and many others — are asking, as Louisiana colleges and universities have been told to expect up to $400-million in cuts for the next fiscal year. That amounts to 40 percent of their current state funding.

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9:34 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Northwestern State produces active shooter training video

Northwestern State University in Natchitoches released an active shooter training video Tuesday. The 15-minute video, produced entirely in house, took a year and a half to complete, according to NSU officer Jon Caliste who headed up the project.

“We saw a rise in active shooter events around the country and we said to ourselves, we need to have something that we can train our people on. It was born from that,” Caliste said.

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7:51 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Delgado Reaches Deal To Ease Transfers To Loyola University

It’s getting easier for students to transfer from Delgado Community College to Loyola University.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the two schools signed a deal that allows students who complete prescribed courses in any of 10 programs at Delgado to transfer their credits to one of 28 programs at Loyola.

Eligible Delgado programs include accounting, business administration, criminal justice, fine arts, humanities, mass communication, social science, biological sciences and physical sciences.

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9:49 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Louisiana higher ed commissioner says state needs a cultural shift toward higher ed

Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Joe Rallo lobbied in 2012 for more Texas colleges and universities to offer degree programs that cost $10,000 or less, an effort Rallo led as president of Angelo State University.

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 10:48 am

Louisiana’s new commissioner of higher education has been on the job for less than a week, but Joe Rallo is out of Baton Rouge and traveling around north Louisiana meeting with college presidents and business groups for what he calls a “listening and learning tour.”

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