Higher Ed

After Ole Miss student’s killing, many LGBTQ students no longer feel safe

BY: - August 8, 2022

Eleven LGBTQ students, faculty and alumni told Mississippi Today they now fear for the community’s safety in Oxford, a town known for being more inclusive than most in Mississippi. Many also worry that Lee’s killing will lead community members, seeking safety from violence and harassment, to conceal their sexuality or gender identity.

LSU expands programs to stem nursing shortage

BY: - August 8, 2022

LSU Health New Orleans is expanding its accelerated nursing programs to North Louisiana to mitigate the nursing shortage the state is experiencing (Getty Images)

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COVID-19 vaccine to be required for most public university students in Louisiana

BY: - August 5, 2022

Most Louisiana public universities will require the COVID-19 vaccine this fall, though a liberal vaccine exemption policy offered through state law also will also make it easy for students to circumvent those mandates.  The University of Louisiana system, Southern University system and LSU Shreveport will require the vaccine. LSU’s two health sciences centers, its main […]

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Louisiana task force to scrutinize university tenure is made up of people who support tenure

BY: - August 3, 2022

People who support higher education faculty tenure will make up most of a new state task force meant to assess whether Louisiana’s public colleges and universities should even use it.  The 19-person task force will be dominated by academics and politicians skeptical of the panel’s stated mission. Just two of the members, Sen. Stewart Cathey, […]

Louisiana’s higher ed tenure task force slow to materialize

BY: - July 26, 2022

With less than a week before it is required to meet for the first time, just half of the required slots on a legislative panel reviewing tenure for college professors have been filled.  The Task Force for Tenure in Higher Education will study tenure policies at Louisiana’s colleges and universities and recommend any changes it […]

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LSU names vice president for inclusion, civil rights and Title IX

BY: - July 13, 2022

LSU has named Todd Manuel as its first-ever permanent administrator for inclusion, civil rights and Title IX. “We are pleased to welcome Todd Manuel to the LSU leadership team,” LSU President William Tate IV said in a statement. “He has a strong background in diversity, equity and inclusion, along with a legal knowledge to understand […]

Louisiana will name committee to study university tenure by the end of week

BY: - July 11, 2022

State officials and appointees will comprise a 19-member committee to assess the merits of university faculty tenure at Louisiana’s public universities. Its members will be named by the end of the week.  Jim Henderson, president of the University of Louisiana system, and Philip Auter, president of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette’s faculty senate, will both be […]

New Orleans protest over Supreme Court overturning abortion ruling

Doctors spell out their opposition to Louisiana’s abortion law

BY: - July 6, 2022

More than a dozen Louisiana physicians, including the former leader of the state health department under Gov. John Bel Edwards, have filed sworn affidavits in support of the preliminary injunction that would block Louisiana’s strict abortion laws from going into effect.  The physicians detailed their concerns that the trigger laws would lead to significant increase […]

LSU handles alcohol, drug violations only with arrests, unlike other Louisiana universities

BY: - June 29, 2022

From 2018 through 2020, when LSU students were caught illegally drinking alcohol or taking drugs, the university involved the police 100% of the time. It makes LSU an outlier among Louisiana colleges and universities, where discipline is also handled internally. Federal law requires universities to report any incident involving the illegal use of alcohol or […]

Louisiana sees massive increases in education, literacy funding

BY: - June 7, 2022

Louisiana schools will see large increases in funding for literacy, early education programs and public universities, as its Legislature directed money from excess federal COVID-19 relief packages toward education. “We know that we have too many kids who by the second grade are not reading at grade level … and we don’t do a very […]

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TOPS candidates may substitute computer coding for foreign language

BY: - June 7, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature signed off on a bill Monday that would allow students to substitute computer coding for a foreign language when being considered for TOPS eligibility. Senate Bill 191, sponsored by Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, would amend the requirements for eligibility for the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students to allow them to count two […]

Louisiana House votes to ban ‘vaccine passports’ that don’t exist yet

Louisiana schools that require COVID vaccine could soon face lawsuits

BY: - June 6, 2022

Public schools and government agencies that require COVID-19 vaccinations could face lawsuits from anyone barred entry for failing to comply, according to a proposal the Louisiana Legislature approved Monday. House Bill 54, authored by Rep. Larry Bagley, R-Stonewall, passed the House and Senate after multiple rounds of amendments. Bagley, a retired educator, chairs the House […]