New LSU Units Here Hailed as 'Decisive Step Forward'
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Hunter Predicts Rapid Growth New LSU Units Here Hailed As 'Decisive Step Forward' Dr. John A. Hunter, president of Louisiana State University, said here yesterday that the state had "never taken a more decisive step forward" than in the creation here of a new branch campus and a new LSU School of Medicine. S p e a k i n g before the noon luncheon of the Shreveport Ro-tary Club, in line with its current series of "Looking Into the Future," he said that 10 years of progress "lie just beyond the horizon," and that a great deal of the university system's time is being devoted to the coming decade. Dwelling specifically on the branch campus to open here this fall, he pointed out that applica-tions for enrollment in the first freshman class have reached upwards of 700 students, and that officials anticipate an ultimate enrollment this fall of some 750, possibly more. He said the physical plant is progressing at a satisfactory pace, with a science building, a library and a utility plant scheduled to be completed by opening day. "It is not a two-year college," he emphasized. "It is a two-year branch campus of your state university, a tangible extension of the academic resources, excel-lence and prestige that LSU has developed through 107 years of service to the people of Louisi-ana." GROWTH SEEN Dr. Hunter said it is' highly conceivable, "in fact, probable," that the new campus eventually will evolve into a four-year, degree-granting institution. He said estimates indicate enrollment will climb to 1,023 in the fall of 1968, to 1,100 in the fail of 1969, to 1,230 in 1970, and 1,346 in 1971. He noted that of the 36 faculty members so far hired by the campus, 16, or 45 per cent, hold doctorates. "The purpose underlying the creation of two new state institu-tions of learning in this parish is to make certain that the people of northwest Louisiana — and, for that matter,, all the citizens of this state —' can face the corning decade;- indeed the re-mainder of this century, secure in the fact that they,.-have kept sace educationally," said Dr. Hunter. He pointed out that last year more than $45 billion was spent in the United States for educa-tion, that more than 60 million students were enrolled in school from the e l e m e n t a r y level through the graduate school, and that almost 2 million men and women were engaged in teachint and school administration. "In short, approximately one of every three people in America last year was directly involved in formal education," he noted. He said that "in these exceed-ingly complex times," steeped in science and technology, hard work alone, is not enough. Education is the answer, he said, "such as that which will be symbolized by the two new campuses in this area." Dr. Hunter noted that propos-als for federal funds for the medical school are being pre-pared, adding that university officials hoped for a first class of about 40 to open in temporary facilities here in 1969, as perma-nent facilities won't be complet-ed until 1972 or 1973. He said the freshman class at the LSU Medical School in New Orleans numbers 140, "and we hope to eventually take about the same number here." SPIRALING COSTS The need for individual and corporate gifts to higher educa-tion has been prompted by "the ever-spiraling cost of higher education" and swiftly rising enrollments, he said. "Here in Louisiana, LSU has a longstanding mandate to shoul-der a major part of this burden of added enrollments," he noted. "Today the university shoulders some 30 per cent of the college population in Louisiana, or three times that of the state's next largest educational institute. "While some universities are beginning to close the door to many worthy and deserving students by limiting enrollments and substantially raising tuition costs, LSU is pledged to main-tain its traditional open door policy to every Louisiana young-ster who seeks an education," he said. The university head predicted that within a few short years the local campuses of the staff university "will come to be regarded as something akin to a modern-day prophecy," ranking as "conspicious milestones in the continuing advancement of a state firmly committed to prog-ress." Dr. Hunter also said yesterday that salaries of faculty members must continue to increase as there is fierce c o m p e t i t i o n throughout the nation "for top minds."
|Title||New LSU Units Here Hailed as 'Decisive Step Forward'|
Hunter, John A.
Rotary Club (Shreveport, La.)
Louisiana State University School of Medicine (Shreveport, La.)
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