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Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities (2010)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2010-03-24

Duration: 00:56:42

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | HIGHER EDUCATION | Educational change | Louisiana Postsecondary Education Review Commission | Louisiana Board of Regents | Student aid | Taylor Opportunity Program for Students | TOPS PROGRAM | Early childhood education | Education | Graduation rates | Universities and colleges | COMMUNITY COLLEGES | Vocational-technical schools | Louisiana State University System | Southern University System | University of Louisiana System | Louisiana Community and Technical College System


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Budd, Sally Photographer
  • Bush, Charles Photographer
  • Fourrier, Clay Photographer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Fontenot, Jodie Director
  • LaFleur, Donna Director
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Erwin, Barry Interviewee
  • Wharton, James Interviewee
  • Moffett, Randy Interviewee
  • Martin, Michael Interviewee
  • May, Joe Interviewee
  • McCollister, Rolfe Interviewee
  • Robinson, Press Speaker
  • Augustus, Joseph Speaker
  • Scheuermann, Martina Speaker
  • Scott, Chakesha Speaker
  • Williams, Elaine Speaker
  • Brannen, Kathleen Speaker
  • DeJean, Andy Speaker
  • Hinojosa, Mariano Speaker
  • Given, Delores Speaker
  • Crosby, Tyler Speaker
  • Teekel, Ronnie Speaker
  • Pikes, Angela Speaker
  • Patout, David Speaker
  • Hinojosa, Bertha Speaker
  • Tucker, Jim Panelist
  • Clausen, Sally Panelist
  • Nevers, Ben Panelist
  • Pike, Jennifer Panelist
  • Clayton, Tony Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from March 24, 2010, features a discussion between the panelists and audience members on higher education reform, including the implementation of the recommendations made by the Louisiana Postsecondary Education Review Commission (PERC). The panelists are: Speaker of the House Jim Tucker; Dr. Sally Clausen, Commissioner of Higher Education; State Senator Ben Nevers, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee; Jennifer Pike, Research Director at the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR); and Tony Clayton, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for the Southern University System. They discussed: who should pay for higher education; reforming the TOPS program; implementing best practices across the system; how to improve the system despite budget cuts; the importance of early childhood education and the K-12 system in preparing students for college; the success of online classes; improving graduation rates through tougher admission standards and increased enrollment at community and technical colleges; encouraging more minority participation in higher education; and the feasibility of implementing the PERC recommendations.Host: Beth CourtneyHost: Craig Freeman