Higher Ed

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Louisiana’s universities are an ‘academic freedom oasis’ — for now

BY: - September 27, 2023

Louisiana’s higher education faculty count themselves lucky that attacks on academic freedom on campus have not taken root here. But the looming possibility of such policy changes is one key factor that critics say keeps universities from recruiting top faculty from states where it has.  A state that is decidedly Republican except for a Democrat […]

Some Gov. John Bel Edwards mega donors on higher ed boards look to Landry, Republicans 

BY: - September 25, 2023

A seat on one of the boards overseeing higher education in Louisiana is one of the best appointments within the governor’s gift. It begins to explain why many appointees tend to bet on the winning horse with their political donations, rather than give ideologically, experts say.  Randy Morris, for example, sits on the LSU Board […]

Karl Malone statue at Louisiana Tech rekindles discussion of athlete’s past sexual misconduct

BY: and - September 21, 2023

RUSTON — In Louisiana Tech University’s champions plaza, six statues of its athletic greats sit together, immortalized in shining brass. Alongside these Louisiana legends such as Kim Mulkey and Terry Bradshaw is a statue of Karl Malone, who has a troubling history of sexual misconduct.  Louisiana Tech unveiled the statues at a ceremony Wednesday night […]

LSU research team identifying orphaned oil wells leaking methane

BY: - September 19, 2023

A team of researchers at LSU is taking on the thousands of orphaned oil wells in Louisiana to determine which are leaking methane into the atmosphere so they can be prioritized for plugging. There are more than 4,500 orphaned oil wells in Louisiana, according to a press release from the university, meaning they have been […]

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White House: Louisiana has shortchanged Southern $1.12 billion over 30 years

BY: - September 18, 2023

States have engaged in decades of underfunding of land-grant Historically Black Colleges and Universities, leading to a more than $12 billion disparity with comparable white institutions, leaders of the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. “Unacceptable funding inequities have forced many of our nation’s distinguished Historically Black Colleges and […]

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LSU a case study for promoting diversity post-affirmative action, former president says

BY: - September 15, 2023

Following a U.S. Supreme Court decision gutting race-conscious university admissions, the Biden administration has advocated for a shift toward holistic admissions to promote diversity. LSU is a prime example of the good that can do, its former president said.  LSU led the country’s most selective public universities in increasing economic diversity since 2011, according to […]

University of New Orleans lands new leader from Indiana-Purdue breakup 

BY: - September 14, 2023

The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors named Kathy Johnson, a top administrator at Indiana University-Purdue University Indiana (IUPUI), the next president of the University of New Orleans.  IUPUI, two universities that have acted as one for half a century, is in the midst of a historic breakup. Starting in fall 2024, programs affiliated […]

Governor candidates pitch plans to keep LSU competitive as a flagship

BY: - September 14, 2023

Six of the seven major candidates for Louisiana governor presented their ideas to keep LSU competitive as the state’s flagship university at a forum held Wednesday evening at the university’s Student Union. Just one mentioned tenure, one of the most important policy issues in higher education.  Former Secretary of Transportation Shawn Wilson, the leading Democrat […]

Louisiana Tech president to retire at end of year

BY: - September 12, 2023

Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice announced Tuesday he will retire at the end of 2023. Guice has worked at the Ruston university for 45 years, serving as its president for the past decade. “I have been blessed to be a part of an incredibly dedicated faculty, staff and administration at Louisiana Tech for the […]

Demoted LSU grad assistant, state senator both unhappy with vulgar voicemail aftermath

BY: - September 7, 2023

After an LSU graduate assistant left a vulgar voicemail in July for a state senator who supported a gender-affirming care ban, the university relieved him of his teaching duties, prompting outrage from free speech advocates. But after the dust has settled, nobody is pleased with the outcome.  The student, Marcus Venable, called Sen. Mike Fesi, […]

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Brian Kelly calls for ‘balance’ between LSU academics and athletics

BY: - September 6, 2023

When head football coach Brian Kelly pointed out a difference in priorities between LSU and Notre Dame, where he previously coached, in an ESPN interview, his comments  drew immediate reaction. Now, he says academic excellence is part of what drew him to LSU.  “The whole landscape there is different than it is here. It just […]

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Millions enrolled in new student loan repayment program

BY: - September 5, 2023

WASHINGTON — More than 4 million federal student loan borrowers are enrolled in the Biden administration’s new repayment program, according to figures released Tuesday by the Department of Education. With the pause of more than three years on federal student loan repayments coming to an end in October, and the Supreme Court’s summer decision to […]