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News in Brief- September 9, 2018

News in Brief- September 9, 2018

LSU tweaks admissions policy, to lessen test score emphasis

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University is relaxing a longstanding policy of automatically rejecting applicants who score too low on standardized college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT.

Jason Droddy, an LSU vice president and executive director of policy, told The Advocate that the university won't disqualify outright for a test score. Instead, the state's flagship university will boost emphasis on recommendation letters, personal essays and activities outside academia.

Droddy says standardized test scores have proven not to be a good indicator of predicting college success, particularly for low-income students, minority students or students with learning disabilities.

The average ACT score for incoming LSU freshmen last year was 26, higher than the 19.6 average score statewide. For decades, LSU has rejected any applicant who scored below 22, without looking at anything else.

Information from: The Advocate,


Ochsner Home Health named “Superior Performer” in latest recognition program

RACELAND, La. - Ochsner Home Health was named a “Superior Performer” in the recently released 2017 SHPBest™ recognition program results – ranking in the top 20 percent of providers.

The program is administered by Strategic Health Programs (SHP) to recognize home health agencies that consistently provide high quality service to the patients and families under their care.

The 2017 SHPBest award recipients were determined by reviewing and ranking the overall satisfaction scores for more than 2,400 home health providers.

The professional clinicians and support staff at Ochsner Home Health serve the residents of Raceland and the surrounding region with quality healthcare at their place of residence. Home health care is an effective and affordable solution for many patients’ post-acute care needs and situations. Home health professionals treat a wide range of medical conditions, allowing patients to rest and recover in the comfort of home.