Recently, leaders of historically Black Southern University and A&M College and Louisiana State University signed the LSU-SU A&M Agenda, a five-year agreement between the two institutions to expand their collective positive impact across the region. The agreement was signed before the two universities squared off for the first time on the football field. LSU won 65-17.
Southern University President-Chancellor Dennis J. Shields said that “it’s important that great institutions like Louisiana State University and Southern University collaborate. It’s fine to have a friendly competition, but in this era, collaboration is essential to our role as stewards of place.”
The A&M Agenda describes what is possible when two agricultural and mechanical universities come together to leverage their academic enterprise to yield tangible results for students and the community at large.
While there are numerous benefits of the A&M Agenda, they are broadly organized into three distinctive areas: partnership, opportunity, and collaboration. The A&M Agenda states that its “impact will be measured in expanded educational pathways for students, lives changed, and communities strengthened. Again, the power of this Agenda will be unleashed with the elements of communication, collaboration, and commitment and will benefit Louisiana for decades to come.