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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO—At the signing of the engineering pathway agreement in Lacombe are, from left, Trey Folse, superintendent of the St. Tammany Parish Public Schools; state Sen. Sharon Hewitt; UNO President John Nicklow; William Wainwright, chancellor of Northshore Technical Community College; and St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister.

PANEL DISCUSSION ON EQUALITY: Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Alexis de Tocqueville Project at the University of New Orleans will host a free panel discussion on economic and political equality at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 in Room 236 of the Liberal Arts Building at UNO. Chris Surprenant, associate professor of philosophy and director of the Alexis de Tocqueville Project at UNO, will moderate the discussion, with panelists including Tocqueville scholar Benjamin Berger, of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, and local columnist Jarvis DeBerry. The discussion will become one component of a three-part series to be aired on LPB's weekly news magazine "Louisiana: The State We're In."

UNO ENGINEERING: The University of New Orleans and Northshore Technical Community College are now offering a way for NTCC students to become eligible for admission in UNO's College of Engineering. This pathway will give NTCC students an outline for completing a UNO undergraduate degree in civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or naval architecture and marine engineering. The students will also receive an associate degree from NTCC. Students can transfer up to 51 credit hours to be applied toward the 120-plus credit hours needed for a UNO bachelor's degree in engineering.

LSU NURSING: The School of Nursing at LSU Health New Orleans has been ranked the No. 9 nursing school in the United States, the No. 5 nursing school among public nursing schools nationally and the No. 2 nursing school in the Southeast. The rankings resulted from an evaluation of data collected from nursing schools nationwide by Nursing Schools Almanac. Factors considered included the institution's academic prestige and perceived value, measured by graduates' ability to repay student loans in a timely manner, professional designations, grant funding and other established rankings; the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered; and student success, particularly on the NCLEX national licensure exam.