Higher admission standards for Louisiana’s colleges are set to all but wipe out the student body of Southern University at New Orleans, since almost 80 percent of current students would no longer qualify.
Academics are raising concerns over parallels between events leading up to the housing crisis and the current state of the higher education system. Concerns are over the costs of a college education rising as a result of lax lending standards and artificially low interest rates for government subsidized loans.
Louisiana’s high school dropout rate fell 31 percent from the 2008-09 school year to the 2009-10 year. However Louisiana’s four year high school graduation rate ranks 47th in the nation, at only 67 percent.
Francis Fukuyama, a world renowned political economist, presented the 15th annual Yates lecture at Tulane University. His latest book was available for the first time, and he presented on its theme – the dimensions of political development.
To address New Orleans’ illiteracy and lack of access to solutions, Loyola University hosted, “Engaging Literacy: Research to Policy to Practice.” This introduced a new national project against illiteracy, with a focus here in Louisiana.
“The DC OSP has accomplished what few educational interventions can claim: It markedly improved important education outcomes for low-income inner-city students”
President Obama announced he has no plan to reduce federal education funding, and instead seeks to revise No Child Left Behind and expand his education plan, Race to the Top.
A new ranking of admissions standards has LSU below all flagship universities in the Deep South. The study author contends consequently lower graduation rates, less desirable faculty, and poorer quality research.
New Orleans parents who are dissatisfied with the public school system have options thanks to the voucher program that was instituted a few years ago. Supporters would like to see the program expanded to include Baton Rouge and Shreveport. Meanwhile, Gov. Jindal has proposed an increase in state spending to help cover the cost of a private education.
Harvard’s Graduate School of Education releases “Pathways to Prosperity”, a study which aims to have educators place a stronger emphasis on vocational and occupational degrees, as opposed to sending all students to four-year universities.