The College of Business offers the student the opportunity to pursue a career in Business with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems and Marketing. The college also offers a new Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Worldwide opportunities exist for the student as a manager or owner of a small business.
LSUA's mission is to create economic value in the region that will improve quality of life in the area. To do so, the LSUA College of Business will create value by offering a quality undergraduate business education at a competitive cost in order to prepare Louisiana's future leaders and professionals to compete for global opportunities. To successfully complete this mission, the LSUA College of Business will pursue a student-centric approach focused on real-world learning, critical thinking, and professional development of students.
The B.S. in Business Administration, the B.S. in Accounting, and the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business School Programs (ACBSP). The following concentrations are candidates for ACBSP accreditation: Accounting Information Systems and Data Analytics in the B.S. in Accounting; Fraud and Forensic Accounting in the B.S. in Accounting; and Agribusiness in the B.S. in Business Administration.
The Bachelor of General Studies in Organizational Studies and the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science are not accredited by ACBSP
Randall Dupont, D.B.A.
Dr. Randall Dupont is the LSUA Alumni ,Friends Endowed Chair, and Professor of Management. He is author of the CENLA Economic Dashboard, a publication monitoring the economy of central Louisiana that is distributed to 3,000 business and community leaders. Dr. Dupont is an officer of the Southwestern Council of Business Schools, and in 2019 he led the college’s effort to achieve accreditation through the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Colleges.
As many local business leaders question the impact that COVID-19 is having on the Central Louisiana economy, the Louisiana State University of Alexandria’s College of Business responds with the creation of the CENLA Economic Dashboard.
“Knowing that all business and political leaders are searching for the economic status of our communities during this crisis, it was natural to call upon LSUA to help with such a critical project,” said R. Blake Chatelain, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red River Bank and Member-at-Large of the LSU Board of Supervisors.
Seeing the void in Central Louisiana, Chatelain contacted several community leaders including Dr. Paul Coreil, the LSUA Chancellor. Coreil, knowing a large part of LSUA’s mission is service to the region. He knew exactly where to turn to quickly develop this project.
Leading the charge was Dr. Randall Dupont, Chair and Professor of the College of Business. Having completed similar reports at other institutions, his expertise was necessary. Dupont immediately went to work and began compiling data from multiple sources including Google, the US Census, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, etc.
“Our goal is help business and community leaders monitor the economic pulse of central Louisiana,” Dupont said. “With current and relevant information they can better meet the needs of the changing business environment.”
According to Dupont, the data exemplifies that Rapides Parish is doing what it needs to do right now. However, because of the lag in data availability, the full economic impact of COVID-19 in March and April will be more apparent in the coming weeks.
Knowing that this is such a critical need for Central Louisiana, Dupont plans to release the report twice a month. “Uncertain times call for more frequent updates. In this way, our leaders can more readily gauge the business climate and respond quicker,” he continued.
Pleased with the opportunity to provide a service to the community who has so graciously invested in the LSUA College of Business, Dupont hopes to release the next report with updated indicators next week.
Click here, to view the April 13th report.