GSU & Delta Community College Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Published 06/12 2014 01:20PM

Updated 06/12 2014 05:40PM

Monroe -- (Grambling State University Media Bureau) Louisiana Delta Community College Chancellor Barbara M. Hanson and Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue formally signed a memorandum of understanding to help area students that need development courses as they prepare for a four-year university degree.

The two higher education leaders talked about and signed a memorandum of understanding that focuses on northeastern Louisiana students that want to enroll at Grambling State University but need one or two developmental education courses to be eligible.

“This is the way things are supposed to go,” said Pogue. “The relationship between the two of us….It’s about the two of us empowering our students to be successful.”

Hanson said Delta is happy to assist Grambling State and specifically to help northeastern Louisiana students pursue the developmental education course work they need to enroll in a four-year institution like GSU but “aren’t quite ready” for university matriculation.

During a late morning news conference and MOU signing event, Hanson and Pogue sat at a wooden table for two in front of Delta and GSU banners. Pogue signed one sheet as Hanson signed another, then they swapped papers and each signed the second one.

In the fourth floor lobby of Delta’s Louisiana Purchase Building on Millhaven Road, the two leaders exchanged pleasantries about Pogue ending in tenure as GSU president on June 30, still fairly early in Hanson’s tenure as Delta chancellor. The two institutions have had traditional community college-university connections and relationships. The MOU strengthens the relationship and focuses on advising and helping students matriculate through LDCC and on to and through GSU to earn a four-year degree.

Brandon Collins, 23, has been a happy Delta student for two years. As he wraps up his course work at the community college, he’s preparing to make a fall transfer to GSU, where he plans to major in biology. He’s happy with the MOU because he knows it will help more students do what he is doing. “It will help them transition to the university level and make the other processes go through smoothly,” said Collins. “There’s stuff like sending transcripts and just getting things committed and in order.”

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