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Forum on ‘Higher Education: The Future of Louisiana’ set for Nov. 2

The University of Louisiana Monroe Faculty and Staff Senates will host a forum, “Higher Education: The Future of Louisiana,” on Thursday, Nov. 2, which is Higher Education Day in Louisiana. The forum is at 2 p.m. in Sandel Hall, room 238. 

Dr. Joshua Stockley will be a speaker at the forum Nov. 2.


WHAT: ULM Faculty and Staff Senates forum, “Higher Education: The Future of Louisiana
WHEN: 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2
WHERE: Sandel Hall, room 238
WHY: To discuss the challenges and strengths of higher education in the state — with an emphasis on ULM


Guests scheduled to discuss the challenges and strengths of higher education in the state — with an emphasis on ULM — are President Nick J. Bruno, Sen. Francis Thompson (D-Delhi), Rep. Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe), Courtney Hornsby, president of the West Monroe West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce, Ash Aulds of CenturyLink, Joshua Stockley, Faculty Senate President, Katherine Dawson, Staff Senate President and SGA President Bryce Bordelon.
Organizers of the forum said ULM and other institutions of higher learning have experienced historic losses in state funding over recent years. While no cuts have been made to higher ed in 2017, nothing is certain as Louisiana draws closer to what political insiders are calling a “fiscal cliff” on July 1, 2018, where a budget shortfall of more than $1 billion is expected.
This forum will highlight the challenges ULM faces as well as steps the university can take in order to expand and maintain its position as a national university, emphasizing the health sciences.
Faculty Senate President Stockley said, “Louisiana cannot hope to remain competitive in today’s global economy without substantial workforce development, and workforce development is not possible without educational development. This forum is an opportunity to highlight the critical role played by the University of Louisiana Monroe in the state and nation, to allow policy makers to discuss their plans to sustain higher education over the next decade, and to warn the community of the dangers facing our state should they fail to craft a sustainable longterm budget and solve our budget deficit in the next legislative session.”
Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
For more information, contact Katherine Dawson, 342-3119, or Joshua Stockley, 342-3216


Oct. 26, 2017