Study recommends merging LSUS & La Tech

The Associated Press

A higher education consultant has recommended consolidating Louisiana Tech University and LSU-Shreveport to improve educational opportunities to the underserved in northwest Louisiana.

The report, by Virginia-based Eva Klein & Associates, Ltd., was presented Thursday in Shreveport. The study was commissioned by a group of Shreveport and Bossier City area civic and business leaders and the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Eva Klein recommends the two universities be merged as a single Louisiana Tech, with a Ruston campus and a Shreveport campus. The university would be part of the University of Louisiana System.

The two campuses are about 70 miles apart.

Such a proposal would face a tough road to passage. It would require support from the Board of Regents and a two-thirds vote of the Legislature. It also faces strong resistance from the LSU System.

If a merger isn’t possible, Eva Klein recommends the LSU-Shreveport campus be transferred to the UL System and renamed.

LSU System President John Lombardi has said the LSU System had no interest in combining its Shreveport campus with Louisiana Tech. He called the idea an attack on the LSU System’s integrity.