UNO to offer bachelor’s degree in health management, and other news of higher education

UNO to offer degree in health management

The University of New Orleans will offer a new degree in health management starting next fall.

The bachelor of science degree in health care management will be offered in the College of Business Administration.

“There is enormous demand for qualified health care management professionals both locally and nationally,” UNO President Peter Fos said. “With the creation of the new biomedical corridor in downtown New Orleans, there will be an even greater need for skilled graduates.”

In 2012, the United States spent $2.8 trillion on health care — 17.2 percent of the gross domestic product. Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow faster than the average for all other occupations.

The new academic program also will prepare students to enter graduate or professional school. UNO offers a master’s degree in health care management.

New Starbucks, pizzeria greet Loyola students

Loyola University students were greeted by a new Starbucks and a Slice Pizzeria when they returned to the campus in August.

The new Starbucks accompanied a remodeling of the Danna Student Center coffee lounge, which now features new seating and a large community table.

It’s the third fully licensed, university-based Starbucks in the state, according to a Loyola spokesperson.

Officials opened the Starbucks after a student survey found that 77 percent of students named the company as their brand of choice.

Slice, which is locally owned and operated as part of the Juan’s Flying Burrito family, opened on the ground floor of Carrollton Hall on Loyola’s main campus. It replaced La Divina Italian Cafe, which moved to the Broadway campus.

Slice will be open seven days a week, most nights until 2 a.m. Delivery will be available until midnight.

Delgado-to-Nicholls transfers made easier

Officials with Delgado Community College and Nicholls State University are making it easier for business administration students to transfer between the two schools.

The officials signed a “transfer articulation agreement” that allows students who have completed Delgado’s associate of science in business administration program to transfer a majority of their credits into the bachelor of science in business administration program at Nicholls.

The business program at Nicholls requires 120 hours of credits. Delgado business students in the associate program will be granted up to 57 hours of credit toward the Nicholls program, as long as grade and grade-point average requirements are met.

Delgado Chancellor Joan Davis and Nicholls State President Bruce Murphy signed the agreement last week.

New Delgado campus opens in Desire area

State higher education officials celebrated the opening of Delgado Community College’s new campus in the Desire-Florida area of New Orleans with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.

The $21 million Delgado Sidney Collier campus at 3727 Louisa St. replaces the former Louisiana Technical College Sidney Collier campus, which was demolished after Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters destroyed it.

“Delgado plays an important role in our community by equipping citizens with the necessary education and training to compete for the jobs of the future,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.

The new campus is expected to function as a community center, officials said. Several programs offered at the location are new to residents in that part of the city.

Students can enroll in for-credit programs for a number of careers. The school also offers noncredit courses, instruction in English as a second language and high school equivalency diploma preparation.

The 36,000-square-foot main building includes classrooms and offices. Another part of the campus is expected to open next year. It will provide 25,000 square feet of services including a library, student government offices, classrooms, workshops and laboratories.