Study recommending merger of LSUS and Tech to be released today

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A study commissioned by business leaders containing several suggestions to improve the university offerings in the area, including combining LSU-Shreveport with another university, will be released today in a public meeting.

The meeting will be at 3 p.m. at the Shreveport Convention Center. The study, conducted by consultant Eva Klein of Eva Klein and Associates, explored a number of scenarios to bulk up the four-year higher education offerings in the area, but the top two were either combining LSUS and Louisiana Tech University or moving LSUS to the University of Louisiana system, said Dr. Phillip Rozeman, head of the SB Higher Education Imperative, the group that commissioned the study. The study is part of the group’s focus on location higher education issues.

“We asked her (Eva Klein) to look at ways the community could support higher education,” he said. “Last legislative session, we took a look at statewide legislation. This year, we took more of a regional approach. We looked around to our own situation and felt that the place we could have the greatest improvement would be any area expanding the capacity of four-year universities.”

The area has a large number of nontraditional students or students who can’t move away to go to school, so a four-year university is needed in the area. When it comes to work force development, there needed to be a conversation based on solid research and ideas. That’s why the group commissioned Klein, Rozeman said.

“We wanted to concentrate this year on the concept of how do we build a four-year comprehensive presence in the Shreveport-Bossier area. After thinking about it, there were a lot of possibilities. We didn’t feel and still don’t feel we have a lot of expertise in this area, so we contracted with Eva Klein.”

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