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Occasionally, we see issues arise in the local, state, and federal governments that affect us here at UNO directly or indirectly. We'll post them as they arise and ask that you vote, write/call your congresspeople, or somehow advocate on behalf of UNO and higher education in Louisiana and the country.
Louisiana Amendment 1 - December 5, 2020 Ballot
Amendment 1, or The Lod Cook Act, was approved unanimously by the Louisiana House and Senate. It allows up to two out-of-state board members to serve on the state’s higher education management boards. UNO is a member of the University of Louisiana System, so this amendment would affect the UL System Board of Supervisors.
On the ballot, the wording of amendments is often confusing. Since this issue affects all the Louisiana higher education systems, we’d like to offer a clear explanation of the amendment and how it can benefit institutions like ours.
A "YES" Vote on Amendment 1 ...
|| Will NOT
| √ Broaden expertise and
welcome new perspectives to
Louisiana higher education
| Ø Increase costs for taxpayers or
universities since board
members are volunteers who
are not paid for their service.
| √ Keep Louisiana residents as
the majority of the board
| Ø Disrupt the current board.
| √ Place Louisiana alongside
30 other states that allow out-
of-state residents on their
| Ø Mandate out-of-state members.
It simply provides systems the
option to recommend out-of-
| √ Increase the likelihood of
external funding for higher
education thanks to expanded
networking and outreach.
Read the Letter to the Editor from the Louisiana Board of Regents and Chairs of all four Louisiana Systems of Higher Education: