Volume 1, Issue 3 July 6, 2018
A Weekly Look at News and Notes from the Louisiana Board of Regents
LSU researcher: Wastewater could power America, if harnessed
July 2, 2018
An LSU engineering professor is discovering there is enough energy in wastewater, seawater and river water to power large cities.

LSU says  that with funding from the Louisiana Board of Regents, civil and environmental engineering assistant professor Xiuping Zhu is researching how to develop a new battery system to harvest energy from seawater and river water. 

Gov. Edwards announces the Louisiana Dept. of Economic Development earns International Accreditation
July 2, 2018
On Monday, Gov. John Bel Edwards, President and CEO Jeff Finkle of the International Economic Development Council and Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson announced LED has earned recognition as an Accredited Economic Development Organization. 

LED becomes the only statewide agency in the U.S. and one of only 61 economic development groups in the world to earn the AEDO status, which follows a more than yearlong documentation and site review process by the International Economic Development Council.

Baton Rouge, New Orleans area Business Honors
July 1, 2018
The Baton Rouge Area Chamber graduated 38 participants (including Matthew Adams, Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Legislative Affairs, and Dr. Nikki Godfrey, Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs) in its Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program Class of 2018 who attended a series of workshops that address key issues such as education, diversity, city and state government, health care and social issues, economic development, the arts and culture, and the criminal justice system.

Snapshots: 60 Seconds With Paul Helton, LED FastStart
July 5, 2018

Partnerships with industry and higher education have become an important aspect of what we do. The state has invested millions of dollars in university and community/technical college programs across Louisiana to help ensure an appropriately skilled workforce for major projects in key industries. Among the most recent is at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, where Boeing is working on the next generation of space travel rocketry, the Space Launch System. We collaborated with Nunez Community College nearby to establish an aerospace technology program, to meet the needs of Boeing and other manufacturers at the Michoud complex.

Southern University students will have to pay more this fall, board decides
July 5, 2018
The Southern University Board of Supervisors on Thursday approved increasing fees by 5 percent for students on the Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Shreveport campuses and at the university’s law school. LSU’s governing board last week also approved a similar 5 percent fee hike.

Southern will increase fees by $217 for undergraduate students and $250 for graduate students at the flagship Baton Rouge campus; $169 for undergraduate students and $209 for graduate students at Southern University New Orleans; $100 more for the Southern University at Shreveport campus; and $393 at the Southern University Law Center. The fees are expected to generate about $4.2 million.

Princeton and Stanford Drop SAT/ACT Writing Test
Princeton University  on Thursday announced that it will no longer require applicants to submit writing portions of the SAT or ACT.  Stanford University  is making a similar change.

The moves follow similar announcements from  Harvard  and  Yale  Universities and brings Princeton in line with most colleges and universities, which do not require the writing tests even if they do require (as Princeton, Harvard, Stanford and Yale all do) the submission of SAT or ACT scores. "With this policy, Princeton aims to alleviate the financial hardship placed on students, including those who have the opportunity to take the test without writing during the school day and for free," said  an announcement  on Princeton's website.

The future of college education: Students for life, computer advisers and campuses everywhere
Predictions about higher education’s future often result in two very different visions about what is next for colleges and universities. In one camp: those who paint a rosy picture of an economy that will continue to demand higher levels of education for an increasing share of the workforce. In the other: those who believe fewer people will enroll in college as tuition costs spiral out of control and alternatives to the traditional degree emerge.