Pay raises for Southern and UL system’s faculty and staff coming this year

BY: - June 29, 2021

Faculty and staff in the Southern University System will soon receive a 4 percent raise, Janene Tate, a spokesperson for the system said Monday. Raises will go into effect starting Thursday for Southern University at Baton Rouge, but Tate said she isn’t sure when raises will go into effect at the other Southern University campuses. […]

University of Louisiana system makes masks optional for the fall semester

BY: - June 25, 2021

Masks will be optional this fall for students in colleges in the University of Louisiana system, and unvaccinated students, faculty or staff “will be encouraged to do routine testing.” UL System colleges are back to offering in-person courses and campus tours, and even held their first in-person Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday. “The hope and […]

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UL System college athletes will soon be allowed to enter into sponsorship deals

BY: - June 24, 2021

Despite being the only basketball player in NCAA history to record multiple games with at least 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in her college career, Grambling State University alumna Shakyla Hill made nothing in endorsements or advertisement deals due to the NCAA’s amateur-status rules forbidding it. “That young woman deserved the […]

Louisiana ranks 48th in overall child well-being, a report finds

BY: - June 23, 2021

Louisiana children rank near the bottom of the country in overall well-being, according to the latest Kids Count Data Book report, published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report “describes how children across the United States were faring before… the coronavirus pandemic,” as the latest available data used was from 2019. States’ rankings are […]

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LSU faculty and staff receive 3 percent raises

BY: - June 21, 2021

For the first time in years, LSU faculty and staff members will receive a merit pool raise of 3 percent. Staff raises for college and universities were worked into the budget that the Louisiana Legislature passed earlier this month. Outgoing LSU President Tom Galligan said in a letter to the LSU faculty and staff he […]

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LSU athletes are a step closer to earning money from endorsements

BY: - June 21, 2021

The LSU Board of Supervisors Friday established rules governing student athletes seeking to take advantage of new legislation that, if it becomes law, allows them to profit from their name, image and likeness. Stephanie Rempe, LSU’s executive deputy director of athletics and the department’s chief operating officer, told the board at a meeting at the university’s […]

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Rebuffing its Faculty Council, LSU declines to mandate vaccines for students and faculty

BY: - June 18, 2021

The LSU Board of Supervisors decided against mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for students, faculty and staff returning in the fall, choosing instead to pass a resolution encouraging the LSU community “to voluntarily vaccinate against COVID-19 until the Louisiana Department of Health shall add COVID-19 vaccinations to its list of required immunizations.” The board is, however, requesting “the […]

‘Tell the truth,’ Xavier University’s president says of struggle to vaccinate returning students

BY: and - June 17, 2021

WASHINGTON—Leaders in higher education from New Orleans and Miami Thursday related how colleges coped with a rough year of online learning and vaccine distribution amid the pandemic, during a hearing before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee. The hearing included Dr. C. Reynold Verret, the president of Xavier University and Madeline Pumariega, […]

Louisiana colleges and universities have out-of-date Title IX policies, attorney says

BY: and - June 17, 2021

In August, the U.S. Department of Education began implementing new Title IX rules by which all schools that receive federal dollars must abide by. That means Louisiana’s Title IX policies are out of date, an attorney asked to conduct a comprehensive review of Louisiana’s public higher education campuses told the Louisiana Board of Regents Wednesday. […]

U.S. House Ag leader seeks permanent scholarship funding for 1890 land-grant colleges

BY: - June 17, 2021

WASHINGTON—Leaders from 1890 land-grant colleges laid out to the House Agriculture Committee Wednesday how a fresh infusion of scholarship funding provided by Congress has helped those historically Black institutions educate and train the next generation of agriculture workers.  Committee Chairman David Scott, (D-Ga.), said that their testimony would help members of the committee work to […]

Louisiana Legislature’s education bills will have an impact from K-college

BY: - June 16, 2021

During the legislative session that ended Thursday, the Louisiana Legislature passed bills that mandated kindergarten for 5-year-olds, created a program to help young students struggling with literacy, raised teacher pay, tinkered with TOPS eligibility and mandated that university employees who have information regarding sexual harassment or assault report it. Here are some highlights of the […]

Teachers come under pressure as politicians, parents battle over ‘critical race theory’

BY: - June 14, 2021

WASHINGTON—Teachers from Tennessee to Iowa are swept up in a wave of outrage led by GOP politicians nationwide over how schools teach kids about race in U.S. history.  Conservatives have pilloried much instruction about systemic racism as “critical race theory,” even when that academic term has never been mentioned. A half dozen states have already […]