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7:38 am
Tue August 26, 2014

La. College Incentive Fund Still Not Spent

Two months after lawmakers agreed to create a $40 million higher education incentive fund, no decisions have been made about how to divide the money.

A council of Louisiana college, economic development and labor officials had hoped to have recommendations to the Board of Regents this week. But on Monday, the group pushed that expectation to September.

The Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy, or WISE, Fund was designed to steer money to college programs that help fill high-demand jobs and skills.

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WRKF
5:37 am
Fri August 15, 2014

More Money for Student Athletes May Not Mean More for Education

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 11:54 am

College football season is upon us. The first regular season game for the LSU Tigers is in two weeks. Playoffs debut this year. And the Tigers will have a new starting quarterback. There are major shifts happening off the field for Division I programs too.

Brad Wolverton is a reporter with the Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington D.C. and has been following the NCAA action.


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Science & Health
1:05 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

UNO's Adam Norris: We're Now A Smoke-Free Campus

The University of New Orleans.

Adam Norris, the Director of Communications at the University of New Orleans, tells us UNO became a tobacco-free campus on Aug. 1.

The state legislature mandated all public colleges and universities become smoke-free on that date, but UNO took it a step further and banned all types of tobacco. Norris says there are smoking-cessation resources in place for faculty, staff and students.

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Education
5:13 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

New Delgado Campus In New Orleans East Opens Its Doors

Delgado Community College-Sidney Collier campus.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

A new Delgado Community College campus opened today in New Orleans’s Desire neighborhood. The Sidney Collier campus will initially focus on courses in cosmetology, barbering, H-VAC, electrical work and nursing. 

The new building is on the former site of a popular technical college that was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.  It gives access to courses geared towards industries that are thriving locally to people living in the Eastern part of the city.

Thomas Lovince is the executive dean of the new Delgado campus.

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Red River Radio
9:26 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Southern Arkansas University to offer marine biology degree

Jesse Filbrun (left) is leaving his post at the University of Southern Mississippi to start a marine biology degree at Southern Arkansas University.

Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia will offer a marine biology degree when classes begin later this month.

The new undergraduate major is expected to attract more than a dozen students, according to SAU provost and vice president for academic affairs Trey Berry. The 2010 Gulf Oil Spill heightened awareness about the need for studying oceans and the human toll on the Gulf Coast ecosystem, according to Berry.

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Latest News
5:19 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Tulane Is Again The Highest-Ranked College In Louisiana, According To Forbes

The Forbes annual rating of the nation’s top colleges ranks Tulane the highest in Louisiana.
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The Advocate reports that Tulane University is again the highest ranked university in Louisiana, according to the Forbes annual rating of the nation’s top colleges.

The Forbes list was released Wednesday. Tulane was ranked 147 in the list of 650 undergraduate colleges nationwide, public or private. LSU was the next-best Louisiana school at 190.

Latest News
5:24 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

More Students Entering College Without Needing Remedial Work

More Louisiana students than last year scored well enough on the exam to enter college without remedial work.
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More Louisiana high school students are earning college-ready ACT scores.  

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.

The number of graduates who scored well enough to earn scholarships through the state TOPS program also increased by more than 1,000 students.

Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Can A Week-Long Trip Mint New Ambassadors To New Orleans?

Each spring, students in NYU's Food Studies program visit Louisiana to learn about the state's unique cultural identity.
Credit Meryl Rosofosky

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.

The class takes a week-long trip to New Orleans each year, which is often the first time students visit the city. Their professor goes to great lengths to connect them with authentic Louisiana experiences, but is a week enough time to overcome years of media-saturated preconceptions?  

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Louisiana Eats!
6:02 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Cultural Tourism At Its Finest: Food Studies In New Orleans

Professor Meryl Rosofsky, left, connects her students with authentic Louisiana experiences so that their visit here isn't isolated to the French Quarter and other tourist traps.
Credit Jimmy Delery

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 NYU’s food studies program 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.

We’ll also visit the Steamboat Warehouse in St. Landry Parish, take a cooking class with Kyan Douglas, and make leftovers with Scott Gold and his enormous jar of kimchi. 

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Latest News
6:18 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

UNO Will Discontinue Some Degree Programs

A working group made up of of the deans of the five academic colleges and other university leaders will evaluate the university's 84 degree programs to decide which to keep and which to cut.
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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, the Advocate reports.

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.

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