higher education

Delgado Community College
12:23 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Delgado enrollment drops after 6 years of growth

After six years of post-Katrina growth, Delgado Community College reported an 11.4 percent drop in the number of full-time students who registered for the fall semester.

Even with this decline from its all-time-high total of 20,452 students last fall, Delgado remains the most populous local institution of higher education, with 18,115 students at eight locations around the New Orleans area.

Delgado spokesman Tony Cook tells The Times-Picayune that at least some of Delgado's decline is the result of a policy change.

Biomedical Research
11:51 am
Mon September 24, 2012

110 chimps to be removed from ULL center

The National Institutes of Health says it will relocate 110 of its chimpanzees from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's New Iberia Research Center and to stop using the animals for biomedical testing.

The Advocate reports that the plan was announced Friday.

The move comes as NIH decides how best to implement recommendations that call for more stringent standards on biomedical research using chimpanzees, considered the closest relative to humans in the animal kingdom.

Higher Education
2:00 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

LIVE: Catholic Education: Gifts and Challenges in 2012 and Beyond

Gregory Aymond, the Archbishop of New Orleans.
Loyola University

Watch live as The Most Rev. Gregory Michael Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans, kicks off the Presidential Centennial Guest Series at Loyola University New Orleans with his talk, “Catholic Education: Gifts and Challenges in 2012 and Beyond.”

The talk, which begins Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., will stream live in its entirety below.

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LSU Bomb Threat
1:11 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

LSU back to normal after bomb scare

Louisiana State University officials say everything is back to normal a day after a bomb threat spawned an evacuation of the Baton Rouge campus.

University spokesman Herb Vincent said Tuesday LSU police are leading the investigation into the caller who phoned in a bomb threat Monday morning.

Louisiana State Police superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said the caller will be arrested and prosecuted.

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Delta Community College
1:05 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Enrollment declines at Delta CC

Louisiana Delta Community College saw an 8 percent decrease in total enrollment this fall, largely because of a 21 percent decrease in students enrolled in technical programs.

The news came as an unfortunate surprise to Delta's Interim Chancellor Jerry Ryan. He said he was disappointed and stunned.

The total fall enrollment for Delta decreased by about 8 percent from last fall, going from 4,509 students in fall 2011 to 4,150 in fall 2012.

Louisiana Tech
1:03 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Panel selected to find La. Tech president

The University of Louisiana system Board of Supervisors has named 11 people to serve on the Louisiana Tech University Presidential Search Committee.

The Advocate reports the committee will hold its first meeting and public forum on Sept. 25 on the main floor of the Student Center on the Ruston campus.

The committee will find the successor to 26-year President Dan Reneau, who is scheduled to retire June 30.

Nonvoting members include Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth and Louisiana Tech Foundation President-Elect Jack Byrd.

Higher Education
11:48 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Retiring UL leader: Cuts harm focus on performance

The retiring president of the University of Louisiana System says higher education's ongoing budget woes will make it harder to attract his replacement and were one of the reasons he decided to leave the job.

Randy Moffett's last day was Friday after four decades in higher education. He says the cuts complicated efforts of the state's largest university system to maintain a focus on increased performance.

Despite the problematic financial picture, Moffett says he's optimistic the UL System will attract a quality leader looking for a challenge.

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Dillard University
5:24 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Hip-hop and women topic of Dillard forum

Dillard University plans a panel discussion on the role of women in hip-hop culture.

Titled "Does Hip-Hop Hate Women? A Conversation About Sex, Love and Gender Politics in Today's Pop Culture, the program is conceived as a town-hall style meeting and is open to the public.

It will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium of the Professional Schools Building.

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Constitution Day
5:19 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

SLU sets Constitution Day lecture

Ryan Rowberry, a former U.S. Supreme Court fellow, will be the featured lecturer as Southeastern Louisiana University marks Constitution Day on Thursday.

Rowberry is an assistant professor at the Georgia State University College of Law and associate director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth. His presentation, "The History, Structure, and Challenges of the U.S. Legal System," is set for 1 p.m. in Southeastern's Student Union Theatre.

It is free and open to the public.

Higher Education
5:16 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Enrollment record set at Bossier college

Enrollment at Bossier Parish Community College has set a new record for the fourth consecutive semester.

The Times reports the college enrolled 7,900 students for the fall semester, an increase of 11.63 percent from fall 2011.

The school opened in 1967.

Chancellor Jim Henderson attributes the enrollment increase to adapting to employer needs in northwest Louisiana by offering classes that offer career opportunities for students.

The enrollment was up 823 students from last fall.