SUNO students plan letter campaign
NEW ORLEANS- Some Southern University at New Orleans students plan to gather today at the campus gym to draft letters opposing a plan that would take their school out of the historically black Southern University System.
Thursday's activity at SUNO comes after the state's top higher education board last week recommended consolidation of many functions of SUNO and the neighboring University of New Orleans.
The proposed "University of Greater New Orleans" would be governed by the University of Louisiana System - removing SUNO from the Southern University System.
Opponents of the move, which is backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal, say it would leave minority students with fewer educational opportunities. Backers cite low enrollment and graduation rates in saying that the current structure of higher education in New Orleans is not serving anyone well.