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    Is Tech considering opening a law school in Shreveport? How about a school of podiatry or school of optometry?
    We should be increasing our presence in Shreveport if we ever hope to take over LSUS.

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    We will never be allowed to do anything of the sort.

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    Re: Tech Expansion

    Quote Originally Posted by counselingdawg View Post
    Is Tech considering opening a law school in Shreveport? How about a school of podiatry or school of optometry?
    We should be increasing our presence in Shreveport if we ever hope to take over LSUS.
    Something like that would take a LOT of money. It would be awesome, but not sure it's what we need to focus on right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by counselingdawg View Post
    Is Tech considering opening a law school in Shreveport? How about a school of podiatry or school of optometry?
    We should be increasing our presence in Shreveport if we ever hope to take over LSUS.
    Louisiana Tech School of Optometry in Shreveport was proposed as part of the merger deal a few years ago.

    The next programs I would like to see Tech add are aerospace engineering and petroleum engineering. It wouldn't take much to add either program because we already offer all of the core classes, and with our increasing enrollment, we should have no trouble getting enough students to enroll. I know we lose top students in our region to other schools because we don't offer those two degrees.

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    Didn't we purchase an old Christus building in Shreveport?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnylightnin View Post
    Didn't we purchase an old Christus building in Shreveport?
    No - There were rumors that we were going to, but it never happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dawg06 View Post
    Louisiana Tech School of Optometry in Shreveport was proposed as part of the merger deal a few years ago.

    The next programs I would like to see Tech add are aerospace engineering and petroleum engineering. It wouldn't take much to add either program because we already offer all of the core classes, and with our increasing enrollment, we should have no trouble getting enough students to enroll. I know we lose top students in our region to other schools because we don't offer those two degrees.
    Pet. Engineering we had it and rightfully got rid of it; it's a pigeonhole engineering degree, a ChemE or MechE get the same job and when oil/gas drops have more prospects. ULL has it and the connections to O&G and don't think we would compete very well with them.

    I can agree with aerospace, especially with our Aviation department.

    We do have a location (other than Barksdale) in SBC.

    http://coes.latech.edu/louisiana-tec...r/location.php





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    Quote Originally Posted by GermDawg View Post
    Pet. Engineering we had it and rightfully got rid of it; it's a pigeonhole engineering degree, a ChemE or MechE get the same job and when oil/gas drops have more prospects. ULL has it and the connections to O&G and don't think we would compete very well with them.

    I can agree with aerospace, especially with our Aviation department.

    We do have a location (other than Barksdale) in SBC.

    http://coes.latech.edu/louisiana-tec...r/location.php
    + Air Force ROTC and aviation management. Students from Louisiana who major in aerospace engineering get in-state tuition at out-of-state colleges because no school in Louisiana offers it. We lose a lot of top students each year because of that. The curriculum is pretty similar to mechanical engineering, and ME is by far Tech's most popular engineering program. Aren't we a center of excellence in unmanned aircraft systems or something like that? It'd also be the easiest to get approval for because of Louisiana's "no duplication" policy. There would probably be a lot of research grant opportunities that would come with an aerospace program.

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    Re: Tech Expansion

    Aerospace engineering is very much like petroleum engineering in that it is a niche. Engineering itself is cyclical enough but petroleum and aeorspace engineers don't have the versatility that mechanical and chemical engineers have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Houston Techsan View Post
    Aerospace engineering is very much like petroleum engineering in that it is a niche. Engineering itself is cyclical enough but petroleum and aeorspace engineers don't have the versatility that mechanical and chemical engineers have.
    Same with biomedical, nanosystems, and cyber. So what? The point is Tech is trying to grow enrollment, but Tech is losing top students in our region to other schools because we don't offer those engineering programs. Those "niche" degrees are still probably better than 95% of the degrees that Tech offers. I'm pretty sure aerospace would offer big research grant opportunities. I think it's in Tech's best interest to be the all-encompassing engineering school in the Louisiana-Arkansas-Mississippi-East Texas region. Programs like podiatry and optometry aren't really good fits for Tech.
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    I agree that we should offer the petroleum and aerospace programs if there is a big enough demand. We had petroleum engineering when I was there but it was slowly dying for lack of students. I thought they added aerospace after I left, but I am not sure. Obviously we are not losing a lot of students or they wouldn't have dropped the program(s). Do we still offer agricultural engineering?

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    Quote Originally Posted by counselingdawg View Post
    Is Tech considering opening a law school in Shreveport?
    During one of the 2003 gubernatorial debates the question was posed if Louisiana should have a public law school in north Louisiana. BOTH Jindal and Blanco giggled (literally giggled) and pretty much said we have plenty of law schools for Louisiana down here. If everything north of Opelousas was flattened by an asteroid Baton Rouge wouldn't notice for at least a week. I don't see a law school happening anytime soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RougeDawg View Post
    During one of the 2003 gubernatorial debates the question was posed if Louisiana should have a public law school in north Louisiana. BOTH Jindal and Blanco giggled (literally giggled) and pretty much said we have plenty of law schools for Louisiana down here. If everything north of Opelousas was flattened by an asteroid Baton Rouge wouldn't notice for at least a week. I don't see a law school happening anytime soon.
    Need to get the N. Louisiana delegation on board to support it, they've made lots of things happen when unified. As much as S. Louisiana gets the publicity they're severely fractured and can't agree so lots of stuff is mired in the politics.





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    But all of the N. La. politicians are LSU Wannabees. I sometimes wondered about former State Senator Bill Jones, but don't really know. He was a classmate of mine. Of course his dad and brother were both LSU grads. I assume he also went to law school at LSU. I never really heard much from or about him after graduation. I do remember him campaigning at a Tech football game, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Houston Techsan View Post
    But all of the N. La. politicians are LSU Wannabees. I sometimes wondered about former State Senator Bill Jones, but don't really know. He was a classmate of mine. Of course his dad and brother were both LSU grads. I assume he also went to law school at LSU. I never really heard much from or about him after graduation. I do remember him campaigning at a Tech football game, though.
    He was named one of our distinguished alum of the year in 2011. He only served 1 term as senator. Word was he got cross ways with a person who is all about LaTech and was not re-elected.
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