higher education

Xavier University has received a $19.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The money is from an NIH initiative called Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity.

It will be used to expand biomedical programs at the historically black university.

Xavier says the award is part of a $240 million NIH investment involving more than 10 institutions. It’s aimed at developing new approaches to engage student researchers, including those from underrepresented backgrounds.

Delgado Community College will be getting $2.5 million for workforce training.

Vice President Joe Biden announced the 270 community colleges across the country that would receive money to train people for jobs expected in their areas.

Delgado will be focusing on energy and advanced manufacturing jobs.

Employers involved in the program include ExxonMobil, Lockheed Martin and Phillips6,

Delgado will offer training programs that meet employer and industry needs. 

Louisiana's legislature passed a law in 2013 prompting all state colleges and universities to go tobacco-free by Aug. 1 of this year. It's been almost two months now since tobacco products have officially been banned on LSU's Baton Rouge campus. 

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Fourteen researchers from a coalition of universities in Louisiana and Mississippi have been awarded $6 million from the National Science Foundation.

The scientists are part of a consortium of universities working on developing smart polymers.

Smart polymers are materials that can react to the environment — like a self-healing artificial joint, or a heart valve that can resist bacterial growth.

Local Healthcare Sector Booms with Associate Degree Workers

Sep 22, 2014

Jobs that require only a two-year degree are the fastest growing in the healthcare sector. That’s especially true in the Baton Rouge area, according to the Brookings Institute. Roughly half of healthcare workers here have less than a bachelor’s degree, ranking Baton Rouge 17th among the top U.S. metros.


The Louisiana Board of Regents unleashed a 500-plus page report earlier this week about sexual assault. The report shows wide variation in how sexual assault is dealt with on state college and university campuses. 

State Sen. JP Morrell requested the report and is now putting together a working group that may wind up crafting legislation to make campus responses to the problem more uniform.

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The Loyola University School of Mass Communication has launched two new minors — social media and environmental communication.

Courses in the social media minor include social media strategies, communications writing, digital communications, photography and videography.

The environmental minor is intended for students studying hard sciences, due to an increasing demand for scientists who can clearly communicate complex issues to the public.

An agreement has been reached on splitting a $40 million higher education incentive fund.

It’s designed to steer money to programs that help fill high-demand jobs.

A council of Louisiana college, economic development and labor officials yesterday approved a plan to divvy up the money among the four college systems.

LSU will get the largest share, about $14.5 million from the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy Fund.

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For the first time in nearly 40 years, Tulane University is preparing to host a football game on its Uptown campus.

In a media walkthrough on Thursday Tulane representatives showed off the nearly-complete Yulman Stadium. It's a $73 million, 30,000-seat open-air arena that is already sold out for the first game this Saturday against Georgia Tech.

Richard Yulman, Tulane board member and major donor, welcomed the media and public to his namesake stadium.

“It’s been a long journey, but it’s now official: the boys are back Uptown," Yulman said. "Roll Wave.”

A study released today by the Brookings Institution shows foreign students attending universities throughout the United States provide a key link to economic growth. The findings show New Orleans has an opportunity to expand its international trade.