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Computer Science Program Competition between USL and LSU (1983)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-02-18

Duration: 00:10:26

Subjects: Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) | University of Southwestern Louisiana | HIGHER EDUCATION | Louisiana Board of Regents | University of Louisiana at Lafayette | High technology | Computer science | Universities and colleges


  • George, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Walker, Terry Interviewee
  • Cosper, Sam Interviewee
  • Rudd, Walter Interviewee
  • Shriver, Bruce Interviewee


This segment from the February 18, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on the Board of Regent’s controversial decision to add a Ph.D. program to the computer science department at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge. The University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) in Lafayette already offers a nationally recognized Ph.D. program in computer science. This report touches on the potential competition between the two programs, whether the state can support two programs and USL’s appeal to the consent decree monitoring committee to have the new program moved to a historically black college in the state. Host: Beth George