Jan 18, 2011 9:42 PM by Alison Haynes
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has asked the state's top higher education board to research a possible merger of the University of New Orleans campus with the Southern University-New Orleans campus.
Jindal also is asking the Board of Regents to consider whether that merged campus should then be moved away from the LSU and Southern systems that currently govern them - and into the University of Louisiana System.
The idea of a merger has run into complaints and charges of racism most times it has even been suggested in past years.
Rep. Austin Badon, the House Education Committee chairman and a staff member at SUNO, immediately expressed opposition. He says SUNO would lose its identity as a historically black college if it was merged with UNO.
The governor says the study should be driven by research about whether it could improve education for students.