Continuing Education
 Volume 6 Number 26 - The Weekly Newsletter of the SBBA   - September 13, 2017

LSU System
Higher Education Quote of the Week:

"If you can get the costs down, students will live in a closet." -  Thomas Carlson-Reddig, a partner at Little, an architectural firm that designs a dozen campus projects a year. 
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Forbes Magazine, along with U.S. News & World Report, both released college rankings over the last two weeks, and some Louisiana Colleges were named among the best in the country.

Topping the Forbes List from Louisiana was Tulane University at #123, LSU at #218, and Louisiana Tech at #397. The Forbes list was driven by return on investment including post-graduate success, student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate and academic success. The top school on the list was Harvard University. Forbes, 08.31.17

The U.S. News and World Report based their rankings on 15 key measures including graduation and retention, undergraduate reputation, faculty resources and student selectivity. Topping the list of National Universities was Tulane at #40, LSU at #133, and Louisiana Tech at #216. U.S. News, 09.12.17
Local Higher Education News
  • The LSU Board of Supervisors has approved a plan to establish a Center for Brain Health at LSU's medical school in Shreveport. The plan, which must now be approved by the Board of Regents, would include 30 faculty members from the medical school, Louisiana Tech, LSUS, and the VA Hospital. KTBS-TV3, 09.08.17
  • Grambling State's student enrollment has topped 5000 this fall; the first time in four years. "These numbers prove that GSU is a viable college option," said GSU President Rick Gallot. KSLA TV-12, 09.12.17
  • The Louisiana Board of Regents has approved a post master's certificate for Northwestern that will provide nurses with additional training in mental health care. According to the National Alliance for Mental Health, approximately 20% of Americans suffer from mental illness. Natchitoches Parish Journal, 08.30.17
Louisiana Higher Education News
  • Plans for a medical school at ULM have fallen through. New York Institute of Technology signed an MOU earlier this year to open a school of Osteopathy on the ULM campus, but they recently pulled out of the deal. "This is in no way a reflection on our university, our community or our leaders," said ULM President Nick Bruno. "It was a business decision for NYIT and made by NYIT alone." Monroe News-Star, 08.28.17
  • LSU has announced a new strategic plan focusing on improving the state of Louisiana.  "We'll assess our success on how impactful we've been on getting our state out of the bottom in so many things. Keeping more people out of incarceration, higher education attainment, better jobs - these are the things I want our university to be measured by," said LSU President F. King Alexander. Shreveport Times, 09.05.17
  • Monty Sullivan, President of the LCTCS System, is lobbying for more financial aid for needy students. "We have to think of our financial aid policy both in terms of merit -- and need," Sullivan said. "We are leaving some folks behind in Louisiana that have a financial need.", 09.12.17
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  • U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos may have more trouble than expected as she plans to rollback Obama administration policies regarding sexual assaults on college campuses. Many of the policies have been enacted into law. For example, the guidelines were included in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Education Dive, 09.12.17
  • University spending on lavish dorms and recreational facilities is declining, according to Susan FitzGerald of Moody's Investor's Service. "We don't see the amenities arms race anymore. We're seeing a move away from trophy buildings as universities prioritize their spending." The Atlantic, 09.01.17
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