Southern University Gets New Degree Program

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Southern University in Baton Rouge got approval Thursday from the state's higher education management board to add new academic degree programs.

The Louisiana Board of Regents gave Southern permission to offer bachelor's and master's degree programs in the newly merged mathematics and physics program.

Karen Denby, regents associate commissioner for academic affairs, said Southern has projected initially enrolling about 40 undergraduates and 15 master's degree students as the combined program gets started.

Southern Chancellor James Llorens said the university's separate degree programs were terminated because of low student completion rates.

Southern just recently completed an economics-driven reorganization in which the university's nine academic colleges were merged into five, and about 30 degree programs with low completion and enrollment rates were cut.

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