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As part of last year's agreement to prevent a LSU Shreveport and LA-Tec merger, LSUS must submit a status report to the state legislature. This report offers a commitment plan highlighting how the school is advancing itself in our community. LSUS's commitment plan has been divided up into five broad categories.

Paul Sisson, the interim chancellor, says the university will add and update academic programs to meet our area's needs. Five new degree programs will be offered to students, like petroleum engineering and construction management. Those two programs actually started in fall 2012. Three more programs are set to start this fall.

"That is actually one area that is growing," Scisson said. "So, there will be more programs coming down in the road."

Those new programs are cooperative programs between LSU Baton Rouge and LSUS and also falls under the commitment to build relationships with other schools. Sisson says a liaison will be hired to work between LSU and LSUS.

"The point of that is to just have one person who is a point person that all students from these cooperative programs can go and basically have a one stop shop just to make it that much easier to enroll in the programs," Sisson said.

Bossier Parish Community College now has an office at LSUS as part of the commitment to formalize transfer student agreements. This partnership may raise enrollment too.

"The intent of BPCC at LSU, is just to make sure that all of the barriers for educational obtainment, whatever the goals are, all of those barriers in students in our region are removed," Sisson said.

Another goal is to increase access to online classes. Sisson says LSUS is working with a company based in Texas to better its online learning experience and is adding more online degree programs.

"The one that we have underway now is a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction," Sisson said.

The last commitment is to enhance academic experience and improve retention. Sisson hopes LSUS Accelerated helps here. This makes some classes available every eight weeks instead of 16.

"Having five of those eight week terms a year, if a student can take two or three classes you can actual finish up a bachelor degree in about three years' time," Sisson said.

Those three new programs to be offered this fall will be in sports administration, human resources education and international studies.


 

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