LSU Alexandria 2009-2014: Launching the Next Fifty Years
As Louisiana State University Alexandria (LSUA) prepares to embark
on its second half-century, the University and Central Louisiana are
maturing respectively as provider and consumer of higher education. A
comprehensive baccalaureate institution, LSUA is authorized, via the
Louisiana Board of Regents’ 2009 Master Plan for Post Secondary
Education, to offer certificate, associate, and baccalaureate degrees.
As such, LSUA is the only public university in Louisiana whose entire
focus is on a 21st century undergraduate education that blends
professional studies with an informed and intentional general
education. In the process of its evolution, the University has
responded to the needs of the region, its students and its employers by
designing and offering degree programs that establish a foundation for
continued academic growth and a platform for regional economic
development. Nevertheless, the challenge of improving educational
attainment in Central Louisiana is borne out by startling evidence --
fewer than twenty percent of those between the ages of 25 to 64 have
earned a bachelor’s degree or higher and fewer than eight percent of
the same groups have earned an associate degree. Raising this
educational attainment level is of paramount importance if Central
Louisiana citizens are to advance and if the economic base of the
region is to grow more diverse and stronger. Our pledge to Central
Louisiana and the State is that LSUA will be the platform for this
attainment and a catalyst for this growth.
offers Central Louisiana access to affordable baccalaureate and
associate degrees in a caring environment that challenges students to
seek excellence in, and bring excellence to, their studies and their
lives. LSUA is committed to a reciprocal relationship of enrichment
with the diverse community it serves.
be a University of choice recognized for academic excellence and a
commitment to fostering student and community growth through teaching,
research and service.
Strategic Themes and Objectives
will become recognized as a University that excels at ensuring the
academic success of its students. Ensuring such success is dependent
upon a faculty and staff who care deeply for the goals and ambitions of
students and who respect the multiple demands on students’ lives. To
reach the objectives requires an organizational culture that rewards
strategic thinking which removes existing and potential barriers to
- Students’ rates of
progression toward degree and graduation will equal or exceed those of
peer universities and the expectations of the Louisiana Board of
- The Advising Center will work
proactively with students, faculty advisers and academic departments to
improve the academic advising process for all LSUA students.
agreements with community and junior colleges will be improved and
transfer of students into LSUA will be more easily facilitated; LSUA
will pursue academic relationships and collaborations that complement
its mission and contribute to the improvement of access and higher
education attainment in Central Louisiana.
- The academic success rate of students in general education core courses will be improved.
Undergraduate Academic Experience
undergraduate academic experience is the mainstay of the mission of
LSUA. The quality of this experience must be palpable from the earliest
encounter with the potential student to the student’s placement after
graduation. Curricula and related programmatic academic initiatives
bear the initial mark of this quality; however, all undergraduate
experiences must signal this quality.
- All academic curricula and programs will demonstrate currency and rigor.
- LSUA will develop new undergraduate degree majors and programs that respond to student demands and employer needs.
general education core will reflect the legacy of the liberal arts and
their relevance to professional studies of the 21st Century.
- As an institution that focuses on undergraduate student success, faculty research and scholarship will inform teaching.
academic curricula and programs will be regularly assessed against the
highest standards and outcomes available, including graduation rates,
employment placement and graduate school placement.
University will complete all objectives and implement all strategies
delineated in its SACS Quality Enhancement Plan (2004).
complement the undergraduate academic experience, LSUA will enhance its
career counseling, assist students with internship placements and
prepare applicants for graduate and professional school admission.
a public undergraduate university, LSUA will explore the consequences
of broader engagement in undergraduate research; enabling strategies
will be designed and implemented.
- Service learning opportunities and the role of civic engagement in learning will be enhanced for both faculty and students.
of the curricula and the University will be pursued via a variety of
vehicles; e. g. exchange agreements, curriculum infusion, travel-study
courses, and collaborations with partner universities.
- The University will serve as a source for creative experiences and cultural growth for all of its students, faculty and staff.
within the selective standards applicable, LSUA will recruit and
increase the enrollment of qualified first-time students, transfer
students and adult learners.
- A modern
university must prepare students to participate in a diverse world;
LSUA will improve the diversity of its students, faculty, staff and
curricula to reflect such a world.
- The Honors Program will become a showcase of rigor and challenge for a selected group of undergraduate students.
Professional Growth and University Improvement
demands on the modern university pivot on its ability to provide the
highest quality education for the greatest value. LSUA improvements in
delivery of that education and in the value proposition are driven by a
commitment to professional enrichment, organizational change and
- Professional growth and
development of faculty will continue to be a high priority so that
teaching, learning and scholarship will continue to support student
success and the mission of LSUA.
- Development opportunities for staff members of LSUA will continue and will be enhanced.
University will explore the feasibility of, and adopt, innovations in
course and program delivery; examples may include additional online
instruction, intersession course formats, off-site instruction and
enhanced evening offerings.
- The University will seek means of supplementing revenues via self-sustaining auxiliary operations.
- A campus technology plan will be undertaken and completed by 2011.
will improve its enrollment management processes such that recruitment,
admissions and financial assistance are collaborative and
communication processes will optimize the use of technology while not
losing the relational characteristics of LSUA.
- Each department and unit of LSUA will become a model for finding and adapting to best practice, wherever it may be found.
University will complete all of the objectives of its extant Title III
Grant (2005-2010) and will assume all relevant responsibilities upon
Vibrant University Life
vibrant university community embraces and promotes its wholeness. Such
wholeness is embodied in teacher-scholars who value and complement
professional talents, in an organizational ethic that fosters integrity
and trust, by a learning community of students and faculty who pursue
learning, scholarship and service, and, by a community that welcomes
alumni, friends, energetic athletic boosters, local and regional
partners, and neighbors who collaborate in the LSUA mission.
- University and campus life will be enhanced via dynamic and thoughtful initiatives; e. g.
campus programming, intramural sports and recreational activities, Greek life, club sports and Student Government.
- LSUA will engage in practices and design policies that promote the health and wellbeing of the faculty, staff and students.
- University learning spaces for all students will be improved; e. g. classrooms, laboratories, group study space, seminar spaces.
- Opportunities for faculty, staff and students to volunteer service and expertise will be enhanced.
of all students, faculty, staff, residents and visitors on the LSUA
campus and its immediate environs will remain a high priority.
- Strategies will be implemented to ensure maximum occupancy of The Oaks Residence Hall.
athletics will expand at a measured pace, provided sufficient resources
are attainable and enthusiastic support is manifested.
University will design opportunities for guests, alumni, friends, and
donors to enjoy the LSUA campus and capitalize on the breadth of its
resources and educational sites.
is located on a beautiful 200-acre tract adjacent to the LSU AgCenter
Dean Lee Research and Extension Center and is anchored by ancient live
oak trees. The mid-to-late 20th Century architecture will soon be
complemented by the stunning design of the Multipurpose Academic
Center. The structures, setting and environment speak to the mission of
providing a high quality 21st Century undergraduate education in a
setting that is conducive to learning, pleasant in which to work and
teach and inviting to all.
- The high quality of the visual appeal, beauty and appearance of the LSUA campus will continue to be a high priority.
- The Campus Master Plan (2003) will be evaluated, assessed and revised as necessary.
Children’s Center will assess its service model, adopt innovative
processes and implement strategies to become a beacon of childcare
excellence in Central Louisiana.
- Completion of
the Multipurpose Academic Center in 2011 will transform the LSUA
campus; a comprehensive utilization study of all LSUA facilities will
be completed by 2012 so that campus building utilization is optimized.
feasibility study regarding future needs of the James C. Bolton Library
will be completed by 2011 and will inform subsequent renovations of the
Community Relationships and Outreach
has embraced its role as a regional catalyst by widening its presence
in Central Louisiana and welcoming opportunities to partner with
schools, governments, healthcare providers and area constituents. The
University assumes its role as a public resource with deliberateness,
with knowledge of the importance of reciprocal community relationships
and a commitment to the future of Central Louisiana.
- LSUA will strengthen its relationships with alumni, former students, friends and supporters.
- Donor stewardship will be improved and, in collaboration with the LSUA Foundation, the donor base will be enhanced.
- A dynamic web presence will effectively communicate with, and reach out to, all of the relevant LSUA audiences.
will work diligently with Central Louisiana schools to enhance their
academic programs and enrich the professional development of school
- Each academic department will enlist the
assistance and expertise of external regional professionals by forming
and utilizing Advisory Councils.
- LSUA will
partner with governmental entities and non-governmental organizations
for the benefit of Central Louisiana’s population.
Office of Continuing Education will reach out to regional businesses,
organizations, and families to improve productivity, enhance
effectiveness and provide for a higher quality of life.
will leverage its position to improve the Central Louisiana economy,
enhance its cultural environment and improve its quality of life.
multiple sites of LSUA will be utilized to the fullest extents possible
so that its academic and service outreach is effectively and