UL Review proves positive

August 31, 2007

by Ines Shahien

University of Louisiana System released an overall positive institutional review of Tech on May 30.

A team of national educational specialists, led by James Fisher, an educational consultant, conducted the review and interviewed over 300 faculty, staff, alumni, students, appointed officials and community members.

Ken Rea, vice president for academic affairs, was interviewed during this intense process.

“I am very pleased with the outcome of the review,” Rea said. “I believe that all recommendations are on target and pointed out that Louisiana Tech is a steward of the state.”

The overview of the initial report stated Tech is “an institution of excellence and is considered a model of leadership.”

Recommendations made in the UL system report included the consideration of using scholarships to attract more women to science, technology and math curricula.

According to the report, 53 percent of the student body at Tech is female, which is slightly below the national average of 57 percent.

Amanda Kattengell, a senior architecture major, is hoping Tech seriously considers this recommendation.

“Attracting more women to Tech especially in the math, science and technology field is beneficial because it informs young girls [that] those areas of education are not just for boys only,” Kattengell said. “I’m sure it will also open many doors of opportunity.”

Other recommendations inÂȘcÂȘlude continuing to expedite plans to provide state-of-the-art, safe, affordable and comfortable living-learning environments for students.

Despite students’ satisfaction with Tech’s new apartment-style housing, the report stated “older residence halls are in need of renovation or demolition to make room for more modern housing.”

Jenna Steward, a junior art history major, agrees with the suggestion made by the review.

Steward said, “New dormitories would eliminate health concerns among the student body and allow more time for students to concentrate on school.”