Message from the Chancellor (March 1, 2014)
Thank you so very much for visiting the Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA) Chancellor’s website. LSUA has an exceptional history dating back more than 50 years of providing access to high quality educational opportunity, in a challenging and supportive environment, at a reasonable price; thereby, providing an excellent educational value for its students. A wide array of financial assistance is offered to students through LSUA including federal loans, grants, and work-study opportunities. Additionally, a substantial amount of scholarship support (academic, performance, merit, and need based), is provided by LSUA and the LSUA Foundation. This support creates ladders of opportunity, helps students persist through graduation, and enables students to keep debt burdens associated with attending and graduating from LSUA to an absolute minimum.
Faculty members at LSUA are experts in their respective academic fields or areas; are engaged actively in teaching, research and creative expression, and service; and are committed to helping students survive, thrive, achieve, and graduate from LSUA. This enables students, upon graduation, to be exceedingly well prepared to enter the workforce or advance to graduate or professional schools. Staff members and administrators at LSUA are first-rate and dedicated to their supporting roles in the efficient and effective operation and administration of the University.
LSUA is a public institution of higher education that is accredited fully by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Inc. (SACSCOC) to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. All academic courses and programs offered by LSUA are developed, approved, and delivered by LSUA faculty and approved by the LSUA Board or Supervisors and the Louisiana Board of Regents. As a consequence, an academic degree from LSUA provides an excellent foundation for and entrée to advanced academic courses, programs, and degrees at other institutions of higher education (both public and private).
Students at LSUA have the opportunity to enjoy the full college experience (both within and outside of the classroom) on a beautiful campus anchored by magnificent live oaks; while at the same time benefitting by attending small classes (with and overall student to faculty ration of 15 students to 1 faculty member). This allows students to become part of the campus family and known on campus by their name and personally rather than being lost in a large student body and experiencing a depersonalized educational experience. As a consequence of having its own properly staffed and well trained police force and an excellent crime prevention program, LSUA is one the safest and most secure campuses in the United States. A more comprehensive list of distinctive characteristics or points of pride is available at: www.lsua.edu/about/PointsOfPride.
In order to provide a level of excellence not otherwise possible by funds provided by the State of Louisiana (through legislative appropriates and other means) and through tuition and fees paid by students and their families and other supporters, LSUA , the LSUA Foundation, and the LSUA Alumni Association seek actively philanthropic contributions and corporate support. This includes gifted funds to support endowments (which create perpetual sources of funds through investment of the gift and creation of earnings) and immediate use funds. Philanthropic contributions and corporate support may be used for a wide array of purposes including, but not limited to, scholarships, educational travel, and development funds for students; professorships, endowed chairs, and travel and development funds, for faculty; equipment for instruction and research, library acquisition funds, “bricks and mortar” projects such as new academic facilities; and for other good, appropriate, and necessary purposes. Accordingly, LSUA seeks actively additional philanthropic and corporate support.
Additional information about LSUA is readily accessible through the LSUA website at http://www.lsua.edu/. Please feel encouraged to share with me your ideas for improving LSUA by communicating with me by email email@example.com or by phone (318) 473-6444. Once again, thank you so very much for visiting the Louisiana State University Alexandria Chancellor’s website.
G. Daniel Howard, Ph.D., CGFM, CFRE