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A new triple degree program launches in the fall at LSU, for students who want to fast-track undergraduate education, medical school and PhD study. 

LSU is partnering with the Health Sciences Center in New Orleans to launch the program. It’s called “Fast Path” because students would receive three degrees  - a bachelor of science, an MD, and a PhD — in one-to-three years less than the traditional path.

The closure of the master's program in romance languages at the University of New Orleans has been postponed, NOLA.com reports.

At a meeting of the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors last week, faculty and staff in the foreign languages department questioned the low enrollment numbers used in a report about restructuring the programs.

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Tulane University's Burkenroad Reports, a program giving business students practical stock analysis experience, won the top award for best teaching delivery in the Wharton QS Stars Awards.

Peter Ricchiuti, Burkenroad Reports founder and director (and host of WWNO's Out to Lunch) says he's honored by the recognition.

The continuing drop in the price of oil likely will require state government to change its spending plan for a second time to balance this year’s budget.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that for next year’s budget, which is being drafted now, the collapsing oil prices are adding to problems caused by a big shortfall in revenues.

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols is warning that tough choices are pending.

The administration is chipping away at the size of next year’s budget hole, and decisions are still weeks away.

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Seventh and eighth graders participated in the very first UNO Space Day on Thursday. The event was co-hosted by NASA, Boeing Company, the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM), and Jacobs Technology.

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The French Embassy in the United States and Tulane University came together earlier this week to present the French American Climate Talks, or FACTS. The conference series travels to cities in the United States and Canada to engage scientists and policymakers in discussions about the impacts of climate change, and how we can prepare to face them.

Xavier university is looking to triple the number of their minority alumni who go on to receive PhDs in the life sciences in the next decade, with help from an NIH grant. The first obstacle is getting undergraduates to stick with those fields.

Drummer And Tuba Player Work To Stay Sharp For Band And College

Nov 6, 2014

Six months ago, we brought you the story of the Edna Karr High School marching band in New Orleans. Two members of the band in particular, snare drummer Charles Williams and tuba player Nicholas Nooks, or Big Nick as his friends call him, earned scholarships to Jackson State University in Mississippi — their dream.

The marching band at Jackson State is known as the Sonic Boom of the South. Band camp began in August with 164 freshmen. But after weeks of late nights and early mornings, musical training and also push-ups, 24 had quit.

LSU Shreveport is preparing to hire a consultant to conduct a feasibility study on whether it makes sense for the university to open a charter school.

Chancellor Larry Clark says it’s not the first time this idea has been tossed around. But now the LSUS Foundation is putting up funding for a consultant to formally explore the idea of creating a kindergarten through eighth grade charter school on campus.

Clark says it would serve the community and not be exclusive to high-achieving students.

A University of New Orleans faculty group has graded the 80 degree programs offered at the school.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the programs are judged on criteria including student demand, graduation rate and tuition revenue.

Those getting top marks include undergraduate programs in biological sciences, psychology, mechanical engineering, and hotel, restaurant and tourism administration.