ULM researchers using olive oil to prevent cancer, Alzheimer's
Posted on 4/13/2017 3:20:00 AM.

ULM researchers are working to develop treatments for cancer and Alzheimer’s from a compound found in extra virgin olive oil. Dr. Amal Kaddoumi’s research focuses on Alzheimer’s, and Dr. Khalid El Sayed is researching cancer. El Sayed says in some early trials this compound actually worked better than chemo.

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Board of Regents tables proposal to raise credit hour requirement for TOPS
Posted on 2/24/2017 3:14:00 PM.

The Board of Regents decided not to move forward on a recommendation to increase the credit hour requirement to 30 hours for TOPS students and instead tabled the idea for more study. Higher Education Commissioner Joe Rallo supports the board’s decision to hold off on upping the hourly requirement from 24 hours.

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Board of Regents to finalize recommendations on TOPS changes
Posted on 2/24/2017 4:03:00 AM.

TOPS is not fully funded under the governor’s spending plan for next fiscal year. Officials say it will take more than 80 million additional dollars to pay for the scholarship program. Higher Education Commissioner Joe Rallo has concerns about how students will react to TOPS once again being funded at only 70%.

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LSU Student Gov. President concerned about proposed changes to TOPS
Posted on 2/7/2017 11:03:00 AM.

LSU Student Government believes proposed changes to the TOPS scholarship program made by the Board of Regents will have detrimental effects on students and might force some to attend schools in other states. President Zack Faircloth says one proposed change by the board is to require students to take 30 credit hours a year in order to keep the scholarship.

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4 Louisiana universities are on fiscal watch list
Posted on 9/8/2016 11:24:00 AM.

Four Louisiana Universities have been placed on the fiscal watch list by the Board of Regents. It has been determined that Southern University at New Orleans, LSU Health Shreveport, Grambling State and Southern University at Shreveport are all in poor financial standing. Higher Education Commissioner Joe Rallo explains why they put out this report.

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Metairie State Senator calls for changes on how the state delivers higher ed
Posted on 2/17/2016 12:09:00 PM.

Metairie Senator Conrad Appel has written a letter to Higher Education Commissioner Joseph Rallo calling on the Board of Regents to construct a plan for organization reform. Appel says it’s clear we have grossly underfunded higher education but there is no prospect of that changing in years to come. He says additional money isn’t going to fall from the sky.

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Audit finds racing commission shortchanged higher education millions
Posted on 8/24/2015 4:40:00 PM.

A state audit finds the Louisiana State Racing Commission has shortchanged higher education 15 million dollars in gambling money. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor says from July 1996 to April of 2015, the commission should have been sending money to the Board of Regents. Houma Representative Joe Harrison held a press conference at the State Capitol to express his disappointment with the audit's findings.

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Plan approved for statewide sexual assault allegation policy at state colleges
Posted on 2/24/2015 4:27:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
The Board of Regents approved a plan which would create a uniform policy for Louisiana's colleges in how they deal with sexual assault claims. Higher education commissioner Joe Wallo says higher ed institutions have to develop a protocol to follow when someone comes forward with a sexual assault allegation.
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Joseph Rallo named new Higher Education Commissioner
Posted on 10/10/2014 10:39:00 AM.
A new leader has been chosen to oversee higher education in Louisiana. Joseph Rallo, who is a Texas Tech System administrator, has has been picked by the Board of Regents as the state's next Higher Education Commissioner. Rallo says the challenges here in Louisiana are the same as you see nationally.
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Morrell: Colleges need policies for addressing sexual assault reports
Posted on 9/16/2014 12:36:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
The state Board of Regents releases a reporting showing students at colleges are more vulnerable when it comes to sexual assault because there is no statewide policy in place for handling such allegations. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell requested the report.
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