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Tech teams with Louisiana College

September 24, 2015
Les Guice (right), president of Louisiana Tech, and Rick Brewer (left), president of Louisiana College, sign a memorandum of understanding,on Sept. 15 in Pineville. – Photo courtesy of University Communications

Les Guice (right), president of Louisiana Tech, and Rick Brewer (left), president of Louisiana College, sign a memorandum of understanding,on Sept. 15 in Pineville. – Photo courtesy of University Communications

Ellie Moslander
Editor-in-Chief | emo012@latech.edu

This fall quarter marked the beginning of a new step in education as a collaborative agreement has been signed to allow Louisiana College students to attend their university for three years and finish their master’s at Louisiana Tech.

A memorandum of understanding was signed Sept. 15 by president Les Guice of Tech and Rick Brewer of Louisiana College. Guice said there are not a lot of specifics yet, as they are still working out the details of this 3+2 degree plan.

“We’re always looking at how we can partner with other institutions and Rick Brewer, who is the new president at Louisiana College, had reached out to us about three or four months ago and came by for a visit to just get to know us,“ he said.

Guice said there are not a lot of specifics yet, as they will be working on a 3+2 degree plan.

“They are very thrilled with this partnership, and we are very pleased,” he said.

Cheryl Clark, the vice president for academic affairs for Louisiana College, said this link between a private and public university will be beneficial to both institutions. 

“It would allow them to have two degrees within four to five years, which is an outstanding accomplishment,” she said.

Clark said there are also some degrees Louisiana College offers and Tech does not, such as criminal justice. In this way, she hopes Tech students can utilize programs from there.

“We needed to be doing more in Louisiana to have more graduates so these collaborative efforts across the state will be more beneficial for students,” Clark said.

For now, the schools plan to incorporate this plan with the engineering and business programs, but Guice said he hopes this will branch into other majors in the future.

“Bringing those students from there to here will make us a better institution,” he said.

Terry McConathy, the vice president for academic affairs for Tech, said she believes partnerships similar to this are on the horizon for more academic institutions.

“I think it is the way of the future, because we all have to work together to maximize the resources available to institutions and it is also important to students to maximize their resources,” she said.

Guice said there is tremendous value for students to attend Tech for their entire degree, but some may not have the opportunity to do this and the new plan with Louisiana College will allow these students to still receive a Tech degree.

“There are tremendous needs around here, for us to produce more graduates that can fill the jobs, but also just raise the level of educational attainment in the state,” Guice said. “We need more highly educated people, so as universities working together to figure out ways to facilitate that makes a lot of sense.”

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