A bid to make LSU Shreveport a branch campus of Louisiana Tech University was backed by the House Education Committee. But acting LSU System president William Jenkins advised the committee to proceed "very cautiously" because mergers overwhelmingly result in failure. Supporters say the merger is essential to the region.

LSU System president John Lombardi says northwest Louisiana colleges and universities must collaborate to provide more degree offerings. He says merging LSU Shreveport into Louisiana Tech would shrink LSUS to nothing.

About 130 people attended a higher education forum at LSU Shreveport. Speakers criticized a new report that recommends a merger between Louisiana Tech in Ruston and LSU Shreveport.