Emotion has overshadowed some of the central themes in a move to consolidate the missions of Southern University of New Orleans and the University of New Orleans.
Charges of racism always surface when issues of this nature are discussed. It is a quick and too-easilyaccepted accusation when logical arguments can’t be discredited any other way.
Here are the nuts and bolts of the current public higher education situation in New Orleans as clearly stated in a study report by a national group: “The institutions as currently operating are not meeting the needs of the students in the region,” according to the report. “Further, there is no evidence that the institutions, within their current governance and leadership, will improve their performance.” You can’t put it much simpler than that.