NEW ORLEANS–Louisiana’s governor wants to merge New Orlean’s sole historically Black state-funded university, Southern University at New Orleans, with a predominately White institution, the University of New Orleans, in an effort he said to improve both schools’ educational conditions.
“It makes no sense to have colleges blocks apart, neither one of them with graduation rates we can accept,” Jindal said at a weekly legislative news conference in Baton Rouge, La. according to the AP.
Meanwhile, more than 200 Southern University supporters gathered to protest the proposal, which they believe would cause the school to lose its legacy as an HBCU.
“It will be the death of SUNO,” student government vice president Ellis Brent Jr. told the AP.