Southern-Shreveport approved for tuition hike

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Posted: Jul 13, 2012 10:32 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: baton rouge, regents, education, college, southern university, shreveport

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top higher education board has agreed to let Southern University at Shreveport raise tuition by 10 percent this fall, joining nearly every other public college campus in the state.

The Board of Regents had refused to approve the increase because officials said Southern's Shreveport campus fell short of the performance standards required under the "GRAD Act," a 2010 law authorizing the tuition increases.

Southern appealed the determination. Regents staff said Friday the campus had improperly reported its data and had met the standards when the data was reviewed.

With that information, Regents' executive committee unanimously approved the campus under the GRAD Act.

To get the tuition increase authority, schools entered into six-year agreements setting measurable performance targets, like better graduation rates and improved efforts to get students into jobs.

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