Higher Ed

Louisiana colleges, universities disrupted by Hurricane Ida back to teaching

BY: - September 22, 2021

Colleges and universities disrupted by Hurricane Ida are now operational — in-person or remotely. About 135,900 students — or 55 percent of Louisiana’s public university student population — were impacted directly by the storm, Board of Regents Chair Blake R. David said Wednesday at a regularly scheduled Board meeting. College campus buildings also “fared remarkably […]

University of Louisiana system vaccination rates range from low twenties to high seventies

BY: - September 21, 2021

After telling its students in late August that they must get the COVID-19 vaccine, or provide an exemption, in order to enroll in classes next semester, just five of the nine University of Louisiana system schools have reported student vaccination rates above 50 percent.. McNeese University (24 percent), Grambling State University (41 percent), Southeastern University […]

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Louisiana college students must submit vaccination information before next semester

BY: - September 18, 2021

Twenty-seven of LSU’s total 34,000 students were dropped from LSU after not submitting proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or filling out an exemption waiver, which was due last Friday, Ernie Ballard, LSU’s spokesperson, said. Seventy-eight students were at risk of being dropped this week, but the other 51 students took “the necessary steps to remain part […]

LSU says 81 percent of students have had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - September 15, 2021

Eighty-one percent of LSU students have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, President William Tate announced Wednesday. Meanwhile, 72 percent of the university’s faculty and staff are fully vaccinated, an LSU spokesperson said. “If you had asked me two months ago whether this was imaginable, I would have said no,” Tate said […]

Agriculture section of reconciliation bill centers on fighting climate change, enhancing research

BY: - September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Monday finished marking up its section of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The agriculture portion would provide funding for historically Black land grant colleges and investments in urban agriculture, along with boosting U.S. Department of Agriculture programs to address climate change threats in farming. The $66 billion agriculture measure […]

Standardized test scores remain optional for LSU applicants

BY: - September 13, 2021

High school students applying to LSU this year will not have to submit an SAT or ACT score because of the recent fourth surge of COVID-19 due to the Delta variant. LSU applicants last year had the same exemption because COVID-19 prevented students from taking standardized tests in facilities big enough to maintain adequate protection […]

At LSU, tension between university board and faculty remains high

BY: - September 11, 2021

The LSU Board of Supervisors proposed — but then set aside — a motion to restructure the university’s faculty groups Friday after one professor complained the board was trying to silence them. “This will cause national embarrassment for a university whose reputation is already at a low ebb because of the way this board responded […]

LSU basketball court name change sparks debate over gender equality

BY: - September 10, 2021

The LSU Board of Supervisors voted to name the basketball court in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center after former LSU men’s basketball coach Dale Brown, but only after an extended and heated debate over whether a woman coach should be given the honor instead. Mary Werner, a LSU Board member, pushed back on naming the […]

University of New Orleans

Hurricane Ida interrupts fall semester for many Louisiana universities

BY: - September 3, 2021

Universities in southeast Louisiana put their fall semester on pause after Hurricane Ida devastated the region last weekend, leaving the vast majority of the area without electricity or internet access and lacking in food, gas and phone resources. The catastrophic storm sent thousands of students scrambling, with Southern University of New Orleans, which encouraged students […]

Feds expand Pell Grant program for prisoners working on college degrees

BY: - August 30, 2021

WASHINGTON—Prison inmates around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges and universities to earn […]

LSU

LSU’s rejected requests from faculty to teach remotely leaves one professor ‘heartbroken’

BY: - August 29, 2021

Melissa Flournoy was scheduled to teach Louisiana Government and Politics and American Government in-person at LSU this semester before the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus began massively spreading across Louisiana over the summer. Flournoy, a former Louisiana lawmaker and part-time LSU instructor, has a heart condition as well as eldery parents and a 72-year-old […]

Grambling State University

Two University of Louisiana system schools report COVID-19 vaccination rates above 50 percent

BY: - August 27, 2021

Individual schools within the University of Louisiana system were reporting COVID-19 vaccination rates from 40 percent to 68 percent as of Thursday, though officials say nearly half of the University of Louisiana system’s student body and almost 80 percent of its faculty and staff have already gotten at least one dose of the vaccine. The […]