Merger not given fair chance
It should come as no great surprise that the authors of a bill calling for the merger of Louisiana Tech University and LSU-Shreveport ditched the proposal before it ever came up for a vote.
Consolidation, while potentially beneficial to both schools, was just too politically hot for the Legislature to handle. So, rather than force lawmakers to take a stand, Rep. Jim Fannin, D-Jonesboro, and Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport, pulled the bill saying they couldn’t muster the two-thirds House vote required for passage.
If they’re honest, the bill’s supporters will admit that from the start, the merger proposal was a long shot at best. Even though enrollment at LSU-S has been stagnant at about 4,000 students for more than 30 years, and even though the school’s degree programs are limited, there was just no way that the LSU Board of Supervisors was going to let anybody else get even a perceived toehold in Tiger territory.