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Panelist Bio


Ann Guissinger
Strategic Advisor Louisiana Recovery Authority's Economic & Workforce Development Task Force

Ann S. Guissinger is currently serving as the Strategic Advisor to the Louisiana Recovery Authority's Economic & Workforce Development Task Force. The work involves coordinating the work of the task force, coordinating the development of programs for the $350 million in Community Development Block Grant funds allocated for economic & workforce recovery, and working with the LRA-hired planners on economic development aspects of the long term regional plans. She is also is assisting in the development of the LRA's strategic plan for the state's recovery and rebuilding.

For the past seven years, she has provided assistance to the Louisiana Economic Development Council. She assisted in writing the original Louisiana: Vision 2020, the state's strategic plan for economic development plan, as well as Louisiana: Vision 2020, 2003 Update. She worked with the Council to plan and facilitate Council meetings, meetings of the Council and the Governor's Cabinet Advisory Group, and public meetings to gather input on economic issues affecting citizens of the state. She also spearheaded the preparation of the six annual action plans that have been prepared by the Council, including annual updates of the more than 100 benchmarks in the Vision 2020 plan.

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     11/18 - An Eye on Admissions

What standards should be used for college admissions?
This fall, LSU instituted a “holistic admissions” process for incoming students which relies more on essays and recommendations than on College Board test scores and grade point averages. Proponents of the move say it’s a better way to identify strong students while opening up opportunities for families not financially able to afford prep classes for standardized exams. Opponents say the move will increase student attrition and could endanger LSU’s flagship status. Examine the new standards from several different perspectives.

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “An Eye on Admissions” Wednesday, November 21 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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