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Released: 03/09/1999

<p> Louisiana State University at Alexandria will host more than 125 higher education administrators at the 61st Annual Conference of Louisiana Colleges and Universities (CLCU) on March 10 and 11. CLCU provides an opportunity for all of Louisiana higher education institutions, both public and private, to come together to discuss current trends, issues and concerns. </p><p> The theme for the conference is "Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education in Louisiana." Dr. Robert Cavanaugh, LSUA chancellor, is the 1998-99 CLCU president. </p><p> Scheduled speakers include Dr. E. Joseph Savoie, Commissioner of Higher Education; Steve Perry, Chief of Staff to Governor Foster; and Dr. Stephen Ehrmann, Vice President of the Teaching, Learning and Technology Group in Washington, DC. </p><p> The CLCU will begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10 with an address by Dr. Savoie. Steve Perry will speak at a conference general session at 3:15 p.m. and breakout sessions will follow from 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. </p><p> Breakout session topics include Virtual University, Performance Indicators, Marketing the University, and Stategic Planning. These sessions will be repeated throughout the conference to provide attendees a chance to attend as many breakout sessions as possible. Wednesday&acute;s activities will conclude with a reception from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Alexandria Museum of Art. </p><p> The conference will resume on Thursday at 9:15 a.m. with a general session address by Dr. Ehrmann. He will address "Faculty Development in Distance Education." </p><p> Breakout sessions will be repeated at 10:30 a.m. followed by a business luncheon meeting at 11:45. Breakout sessions will be repeated at 1:30 p.m. </p><p> Meetings for four state-wide groups--The Statewide Council of Chief Academic Officers, Association of Faculty Senates, Louisiana Association of Institutional Research, and the Louisiana Higher Education Public Relations Association-- also will be held at 1:30 p.m. The conference will adjourn at 3 p.m. </p>