Sen. Ben W. Nevers, Sr. (D) Chair of the Senate Education Committee
Ben W. Nevers was first elected to the State Senate in 2004, after serving a term in the House of Representatives. He is currently serving his second term, representing Senate District 12. Senator Nevers began his public service on the Bogalusa School Board, serving from 1987-1994.
He is a graduate of Bogalusa High School and the Louisiana Technical College, Sullivan Campus. Senator Nevers also served his country in the Army from 1965 – 1971.
Senator Nevers focuses most of his efforts in five major policy areas: Education, Agriculture, Economic Development, Health Care, and Infrastructure. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education and is also a member of the Senate Agriculture, Health & Welfare, and Retirement committees. He serves on a number of other related committees and commission including the Senate Select Committee on Vocational and Technical Education, the Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence, the Louisiana High School Redesign Commission, the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay, and the Legislative Audit Advisory Council.
Senator Nevers has received numerous awards for his public service including the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce and Metro Vision 2002 Business Champion Award and the 2003 Economic Development Champion Award, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers 2004 Senator of the Year, the Louisiana School Boards Association Legislator of the Year Award for 2010, and has been the recipient of multiple Louisiana Association of Educators Appreciation Awards.
Senator Nevers is married to Ann Williams Nevers. They have three children and six grandchildren. He is the President and CEO of NECO, L.L.C. (Nevers Electrical Contracting), established in 1980.
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.
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