Two years ago, Southern University at New Orléans and the University of New Orléans were at the center of an intense effort from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to merge the historically black SUNO with its neighboring predominantly white counterpart. Yesterday, leaders from the two schools signed an agreement that would allow SUNO students to earn credits towards admission into UNO’s engineering program. From the Capitol News Bureau:
“Under the plan, students who don’t initially meet the requirements to be admitted into UNO’s engineering program will be able to attend SUNO, where they can take the courses needed to transfer to UNO to complete their degrees.”
No official word has been given from either school on how the transfer agreement may impact SUNO retention or graduation rates, or if similar MOU’s sending UNO students to SUNO will soon be developed.