Mar 27, 2011 11:47 AM by Chris Welty

Landrieu Opposes UNO-SUNO Merger

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mayor Mitch Landrieu has joined the ranks of
those opposed to merging Southern University at New Orleans and the
University of New Orleans.
In an article for publication in The Louisiana Weekly's April 4
issue, Landrieu says Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposal to combine the
universities was made with an eye toward cutting costs, not
improving education.
"I have yet to hear any meaningful discussion about how to give
New Orleans the higher education system she has always needed and
never gotten, given the second-class status UNO and SUNO have
always had within the LSU and Southern University systems,
respectively," Landrieu writes.
The Times-Picayune obtained a copy of the article from Southern
University System President Ronald Mason Jr.
Jindal has asked the state Board of Regents to consider merging
the universities.


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