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Tucker Commission report finalized

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Posted: Feb 5, 2010 4:48 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Feb 5, 2010 5:00 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Tucker, Commission, state, lawmakers, recommendations, higher, ed

Recommendations from the Tucker Commission are now set. State lawmakers and the governor can review them for possible action in the upcoming session. The commission, formally known as the Postsecondary Education Review Commission, wrapped up its meetings Friday.

Recommendations include eliminating the Board of Regents along with the LSU, UL and Southern systems. They would be replaced with one board overseeing four-year universities and one board governing community and technical colleges.

Some on the commission say they do not expect all of the governing bodies to be replaced. They say lawmakers will be supplied with information showing their importance. If the boards are replaced, they want the composition to be the same as the Board of Regents. That includes representation mirroring the state's geographic, racial and gender makeup.

Tuition hikes are also included in the recommendations. Universities would be given more power to raise tuition if improvement marks in graduation and retention rates are met.

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