Pearson Cross Head of the Political Science Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Pearson Cross currently serves as Head of the Political Science Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette . His principal areas of teaching are State and Local politics, Southern politics, and Louisiana politics.
He is a regular commentator on Louisiana politics on national, local and state-wide media. Dr. Cross received his B.A., from San Francisco State University in 1985 and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University in Massachusetts in 1997. His dissertation was titled "Collective Action in Colonial America."
Current research interests include gender and politics, legislative politics, and Louisiana government.
Dr. Cross advises the College Democrats and serves on the American Democracy Project committee.
His first avocation is jazz piano; his second is southern cooking.
He is married to Lisa Orten Cross and has one son, Elias.
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.
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