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RE: Programs that are sleeping giants
(02-06-2018 08:37 PM)Vobserver Wrote:  
(02-06-2018 01:01 PM)Tom in Lazybrook Wrote:  
(02-06-2018 12:46 PM)_C2_ Wrote:  
(02-06-2018 09:36 AM)HoustonCajun Wrote:  
(02-06-2018 01:00 AM)_C2_ Wrote:  Not in the case of Louisiana-Lafayette. They're interchangeable with Monroe.

Even if we didn't know about the hyphen, they'd look like Ohio compared to Ohio State.

Like Nevada-Reno and Nevada-Las Vegas. One now goes by Nevada and the other UNLV. Louisiana Monroe has branded itself ULM. Louisiana Lafayette is branded Louisiana. Every school has a right to brand itself. Most schools do not use their official names anyway. Virginia Tech is the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Georgia Tech is the Georgia Institute of Technology. Fresno State is Cal State - Fresno. LSU is the Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (LSU A&M). Nebraska is Nebraska - Lincoln. Wisconsin is Wisconsin - Madison. North Carolina is North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Texas is Texas at Austin. Charlotte is UNC-Charlotte. Milwaukee is UW-Milwaukee.

And, yes, we are like Ohio and Ohio State. Louisiana and Louisiana State. We are not trying to surpass LSU, just carve our own niche. Like Ohio and Ohio State, there is no problem in our coexisting. As someone else pointed out, Texas State' has no impact on Texas or Texas A&M. Why is so much made with our branding ourselves as Louisiana? The Sun Belt Conference recognizes us as Louisiana and ULM. ESPN and the other networks are now on board with Louisiana. Louisiana is now here to stay. May as well get on board with it.

You can brand yourself as whatever you want, you can only change perception so much because of it. But I do think it's totally screwed up LSU won't let you take advantage of there being no Louisiana being used as an official school name.

I think the real opposition is coming from Ruston, Monroe and other places besides Baton Rouge.

ULL is a peer in the University of Louisiana system, along side and with SE Louisiana, McNeese State, UNO, the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Nicholls State, Northeastern State, etc. No more....no less.

Wrong again, as usual. UL, UNO and Louisiana Tech are offically recognized by the State of Louisiana as Statewide Universities. The rest are regional colleges. LSU, of course, is the Supreme Flagship. All the schools you named are part of the UL System, but they are not all equal.

Add to that, Louisiana is the 2nd largest school in the state at almost 20,000 (LA Tech and ULM combined are not a 20,000), its endowment is larger than all of the schools combined in the UL System, is a Top 377 Princeton Review university, is a Rockefeller Institute of Government Top 100 public research university, is one of the Top 10 fastest growing R&D universities in the US, is the only university in Louisiana designated a National Science Foundation Research Center, and UL has a Carnegie R2 ranking and very close to achieving R1 status (LSU & Tulane are R1) while LA Tech and ULM are R3 rated (LA Tech does have a USN&WR Tier 1 ranking). UL may never be designated as the flagship of the UL System (LSU is considered the only flagship school even though it does not sit over the UL System), but in many ways it is.
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