Previous Chancellors Messages

  • Interim Chancellor Paul Coreil

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    Paul Coreil, vice chancellor and director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service for the LSU AgCenter since 2001, has been named Interim Chancellor at LSU Alexandria, it was announced Tuesday by LSU Interim President William Jenkins.

    “Paul Coreil has served the LSU AgCenter and the LSU System admirably for many years and he is the ideal individual to lead LSU Alexandria during a critical time,” said Jenkins. “He is a proven leader who made the AgCenter’s extension and outreach effort a great success, and it is that kind of leadership that is important for LSU Alexandria in this transition period.”

    Coreil has been in his current position for 12 years and with the AgCenter for more than 34 years. Last month, Coreil announced his plans to retire in September of this year. He will remain as Interim Chancellor at LSU Alexandria until a permanent replacement is named.

    “I look forward to working closely with President Jenkins, the LSU Board of Supervisors and with LSUA faculty, staff and student body during these challenging times to take positive steps that position LSUA as a critically important and valuable institution within the LSU System,” said Coreil. “As a native of this great state, I am passionate about higher education in Louisiana and very much appreciate the tremendous contributions that have been made by LSUA in not only the Alexandria area but across the state and nationally. As I assume this important interim leadership role, I pledge to support and enhance a culture of excellence and community/business engagement that will prepare LSUA and its students for long-term success and achievement.”

    A native of Ville Platte, La., he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in zoology in 1976. He earned a master’s degree in wildlife management in 1984 and a Ph. D. in vocational education in 1995, both from LSU.

    Except for a brief stint in 1998-1999 with private industry, he has been with the AgCenter since 1978, serving as an extension agent, specialist, assistant director and vice chancellor. Coreil has been a national leader for the Cooperative Extension Service. He was chair of the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors in 2006 and chair of a committee that developed a national Web-based extension information system called eXtension.org. He also served as the chair of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy, or ECOP, in 2009.

    He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors Excellence in Leadership Award in 2010.

    LSU Alexandria is seeking to replace current Chancellor David Manuel who has been named president at Drury University. Manuel will serve in his current position at LSUA until May 1.

  • Message from the Chancellor (September 17, 2012)

    Dr. David Manuel PictureWelcome to LSU Alexandria! We are delighted that you have chosen to browse our website and to explore the many opportunities that LSUA offers our undergraduate population. You will notice immediately that LSUA focuses on the success of the undergraduate student. We are the only public university in Louisiana whose mission is devoted exclusively to the undergraduate. As such, we have many of the characteristics of a private university, but at the cost of an affordable public university.

    Our degree programs span the breadth of Arts and Sciences and Professional Studies. You can study the details of these at http://www.lsua.edu/Academics where you will also learn of the options available to concentrate in a variety of academic areas in the General Studies curriculum. Besides offering the B. S., B.A., A.S., and A.A. degrees, LSUA offers several alternative and ‘add-on’ certifications in several fields of education.

    The U. S. Department of Labor is forecasting that in the years 2012-2020, growth in the healthcare fields and the resulting employment will outstrip that of the rest of economy by a significant margin. In order to prepare our graduates for this diverse and extraordinary growth, our faculty will shortly finalize the proposals for a new B. S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science and a B. S. degree in Eldercare Administration. These degrees will complement the success of our associate degrees in Allied Health, Medical Laboratory Sciences and Nursing. The latter is now complemented by the B.S. degree in Nursing and of course, the success and capability of these students is evidenced by the spring 2012 100% pass rate on the NCLEX examination!

    Value for higher education is a prominent concern of students, parents and non-traditional learners. As a university with a singular focus on the undergraduate student, our efforts are aimed at keeping our tuition more than competitive, ensuring that our student-to-faculty ratio is as low as possible, spending as much as possible on instruction and academic support, appointing the very best qualified faculty we can attract, and investing in initiatives that will help you achieve your goals. Our efforts at improving the value of attaining a higher education degree has been recognized twice this year by U. S. News and World Report; in February, 2012 LSUA was singled out as being one of the least expensive public universities for out-of-state students and in the 2013 rankings of the magazine, LSUA is recognized as one the ten National Liberal Arts Universities from which students graduate with the least debt.

    Please know that you can contact our admissions staff and counselors at 318-473-6417 or by emailing them athttp://www.lsua.edu/Admissions. Please feel free to email me at chancellor@lsua.edu if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you on our campus soon.

    Thank you. 
    David P. Manuel

  • Message from the Chancellor (January 23, 2012)

    Dr. David Manuel PictureEach New Year brings the hope and promise of bright futures, new rewards and fewer challenges. LSUA began this academic year by offering classes in the new Multipurpose Academic Center (MPAC) and by hosting the first theatrical performance in the MPAC’s Black Box Theatre. Please enjoy a visual tour of theMPAC opening ceremonies.

    This wonderful facility is now home to four academic departments and is the center of course offerings that comprise the bulk of the undergraduate core curriculum. The facilities include:

    • 58 faculty offices
    • 17 new classrooms
    • 12 classrooms seating for 30 students.
    • 2 classrooms seating for 85 students.
    • 2 classrooms seating for 48 students.
    • 1 “methods” classroom with seating for 30 students in Teacher Education.
    • Computer Lab/Writing Lab for 20 students and study room for 6 students.
    • Digital Media and Digital Photography Laboratory
    • Painting/Drawing studio for 30 students.
    • Ceramics studio for 24 students with kiln room and outdoor ceramics yard.
    • Photography suite with lecture and work area for 20 students.
    • Archive storage for LSUA permanent art collection.
    • Chorale Room/Theatre rehearsal space.
    • 4 music practice rooms with storage area.
    • Black Box Theatre seating 175 persons; control booth, lighting, equipment system.
    • Theatre support space: design rooms, costume shop, scenery shop and loading area.
    • 3 office/studios for art faculty.
    • 4 departmental office suites.
    • Every classroom is a “Smart Classroom,” fully equipped with teaching and learning technology.

    The completion of the Multipurpose Academic Center is complemented by the expansion of the Quadrangle. The final stage of this overall project calls for the removal of Jerry Myrick Drive (between Grady Britt Drive and Middleton Drive), expanding the Quadrangle’s green space, adding walkways from the MPAC to the center of the Quadrangle and creating the Jerry Myrick Plaza between the MPAC and the Brumfield-Caffey Annex. This latter plaza will include a passenger drop-off facility on Middleton Drive that will serve visitors to the MPAC, the Black Box Theatre and the Brumfield-Caffey Annex.

    One project that will have little effect on the physical environment of LSU Alexandria, but manifold impacts on learning and administrative processes is the Network and Telephone Cabling Infrastructure Project. When completed, this project will have cost $2.6 million and all networks, routers, switches and fiber optic cabling will have been replaced. The initial phases of the project have begun with the replacement of the fiber optic cables on campus. Teaching, research and learning at LSUA will be enhanced with new network components, greater information bandwidth and significant capacity for expansion.

    On Friday, January 20, 2012 we announced the completion of the LSUA Walking Trail. This 2.5 mile loop around and through parts of the campus is noteworthy on several dimensions; recreational walkers and joggers can enjoy the paths that wind through the beautiful Live Oak Trees, named for those who cared deeply for the mission of LSUA; the Trail enables walkers to pause and enjoy the water features of the campus and also skirts the edge of the beautiful Oakland Plantation Golf Course; a special exercise path is integrated into the Trail for those who wish to incorporate aerobic exercise; and, there are markers along the Trail indicating locations of structures which existed when the site was home to the Oakland Plantation. LSU Alexandria is especially thankful to The Rapides Foundation which funded the design and construction of the portion of the Trail that loops around the Baseball and Softball Complex.

    Planning for the future entails more than technology upgrades, new buildings and campus beautification. Fundamental to all universities is the stature of its library as a central point of university learning. The LSUA James C. Bolton Library was built in 1965 and has served LSUA faculty and students very well; however, it is vital that the Bolton Library serve as a vehicle for 21st Century learning. In order to plan for this future and map the potential renovation of the facility, we have engaged Alex Cohen and Associates. They will work closely with the Bolton Library Study Committee of faculty, staff and students to seek input and information that will guide recommendations. This is a very exciting project that promises to open new learning opportunities for LSUA and the entire campus community.

    I hope you have an opportunity to visit LSU Alexandria as a future student, as an alumnus or as a visitor. In my next message to you, I will be discussing current curricula offerings and the plans for future academic directions. Please feel free to contact me at chancellor@lsua.edu with your comments and questions.

    Thank you. 
    David P. Manuel

  • Message from the Chancellor (August 18, 2011)

    Dr. David Manuel PictureOf those persons within the ages of 25-64 who reside in the Region 6 Labor Market (Central Louisiana parishes surrounding Alexandria), 9 percent hold the bachelor degree and 3.3 percent hold the associate degree. This compares very unfavorably to the averages of all eight Louisiana labor markets -- 12.8 percent hold the bachelor degree and 4.6 percent hold the associate degree. Only one labor market (Monroe) has attainment levels that are comparable to or below those of Alexandria. This context forms the backdrop essential to understanding the mission of LSU Alexandria to “… offer Central Louisiana access to affordable baccalaureate and associate degrees…” and its vision to be “…a university of choice recognized for academic excellence and a commitment to fostering student and community growth…” Against this backdrop it becomes clearer why the mission of LSUA, as the only public university in Louisiana focused exclusively on the undergraduate student, is of paramount importance to the future of Central Louisiana. The challenge at hand addresses the past shortcomings and forms the foundation for the future.

    The key feature of this challenge is to improve access to higher education. Many associate access with vehicles of educational delivery. For example, online education can be an important delivery tool, but online delivery is not mutually exclusive from traditional classroom instruction and learning. Indeed, blended online and traditional faculty-led classroom instruction is far preferable for many students. Regardless if the student is a traditional first time freshman just out of high school or a returning re-entry student who has interrupted his/her academic career, access is first measured by degree availability. The baccalaureate status of LSUA, achieved in 2001, improved access to bachelor degrees in Central Louisiana; however, the reluctance to approve new undergraduate degree programs at the State level has hampered the pace of the access, particularly for non-traditional students who are place-bound. Evidence of this lack of access is powerful. For instance, the number of bachelor degrees available per 10,000 persons averages 1.8 in the eight Louisiana labor markets. The density of such degrees is lowest in the Alexandria labor market with only .5 bachelor degrees available per 10,000 persons. Thus, Alexandria once again has the dubious distinction of having the lowest density of degree availability in Louisiana. One would think that the answer is to have more online degrees available to these persons. While more online degrees are now available, it is not clear that the choice has been to pursue these. Had online education been the significant choice of students in Central Louisiana, educational attainment levels would have improved dramatically more than the evidence demonstrates.

    Who are these Central Louisiana students? What are the characteristics of these students that make their college-going culture so different? First, Central Louisiana continues to be a place-bound population that does not have as much mobility or the family financial resources that would enable them to attend a university as a full-time degree seeking student. A large percentage of the LSUA student body is characterized as “first generation” college students and over 40 percent receives Federal Pell Grant assistance to cover the cost of tuition and related fees. Thus, affordability of a regional university degree is imperative for many of these students if they are to reach their career goals.

    Second, degree seeking status is impacted by both financial and locational factors. The region’s relatively modest per capita income requires that a large portion of students work part-time or full-time in order to have the resources to pay for their education. This is particularly the case with LSUA students and is a feature of non-traditional students nationwide; more than 45 percent of LSUA students attend the university as part-time students. The dilemma for the student and his/her family is a complex one -- part-time status requires more years dedicated to pursuing the degree, tuition increases over those years and income is foregone for delayed entry into the workforce as a full-time employee.

    A third complicating feature is that a large number of LSUA non-traditional students have interrupted their academic careers for a variety of reasons. Restarting university experiences is challenging and requires unique academic advising different from that received by the traditional student. Many of these non-traditional students are women (73 percent of the LSUA population) and the average age is nearly 27 years. For example, in the spring 2011, 20 percent of the student body had experienced an interruption in their academic careers of at least five years. Historical research reveals that nearly 25 percent of all LSUA graduates have experienced the same interruption.

    The academic and advising needs of the traditional student differ from those of the non-traditional student and while the goal of student success is the common thread, measuring the outcome with the same measure does not accurately reflect that success. For example, it is astonishing that more than 34 percent of all LSUA graduates have completed degrees in the first 8 years since the award of its first bachelor’s degree. Furthermore, in the May 2011 graduating class, 85 percent of the graduates did not fit into the commonly accepted graduation rate because they may have transferred from another university, may have been enrolled as a part-time student or may have reentered after some period of non-attendance.

    These anomalies about the LSUA student body and the mix of its traditional and non-traditional populations do not diminish the challenge or the promise of educational attainment. The benefits are unmistakable. Annual median incomes of families who have earned a bachelor’s degree are nearly 90 percent higher than those who have earned only a high school degree and those who have earned an associate degree have annual earnings that are 35 percent higher than those holding a high school degree. Unemployment rates have a direct inverse correlation with educational attainment. Diversity of the regional industry mix is greater with higher educational attainment and economic development is more vibrant. These outcomes are palpable benefits of educational attainment; LSUA’s challenge is to ensure that the promise is attainable to a diverse traditional and non-traditional student population.

    Thank you. 
    David P. Manuel

  • Message from the Chancellor (January 6, 2011)

    Dr. David Manuel PictureOn behalf of the faculty, staff and students of LSU Alexandria, Happy New Year! We hope that 2011 brings you many successes as you journey to reach your goals and dreams of higher education accomplishments.

    Our Fiftieth Anniversary year has come to a close and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their commitment to our students and to the success of LSUA. The energy, enthusiasm and commitment of our faculty and staff, of our student body and of our supporters have helped us overcome repeated challenges and have helped us celebrate the wonderful mission of LSUA in Central Louisiana. As I said so many times in 2010, if we continue to focus on the success of our students, we will message to all that the mission of LSUA is indispensable to the future of the region.

    Many have contributed to the success of the Fiftieth Anniversary of LSUA and your participation in so many of the events that filled the year brought excitement to our events. Our celebrations focused on our faculty, on our students, on our committed former faculty and staff, and our alumni and community partners. An important marker of the year was the publication of the Fiftieth Anniversary History authored by Dr. Jerry Sanson of our History faculty. With our Commencement Ceremonies on Thursday, December 16, 2010 we closed the era of the first fifty years of LSUA. Thank you for being part of this memorable year and for your support and dedication that led to this important milestone. I hope you will visit the Commencement Photo Gallery at http://news.lsua.edu/_stock/slideshow/GraduationFall2010/ to enjoy the successes of our students.

    On Friday, December 17, 2010 we opened the door to the next fifty years at LSUA and marked it with the inaugural LSUA Foundation Scholarship Gala. Nearly 650 faculty, staff, students, donors and regional community supporters joined us for an outstanding evening to raise funds for student scholarships; you can enjoy the spirit of the evening by viewing the Scholarship Gala Photo Gallery at http://news.lsua.edu/_stock/slideshow/Gala/. Although we have not yet completed the financial assessment, our expectations were clearly exceeded and we will have added significant resources to the LSUA Scholarship Fund. This is vital to improving our ability to bring greater higher education affordability to LSUA students and continued growth of scholarships will ensure a strong future for LSU Alexandria.

    Creating a yearlong celebration takes the work, commitment and dedication of many volunteers and professionals. Please join me in thanking Mr. Michael Jenkins for his leadership as Chair of the Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration Committee; he is untiring in his love for LSUA and for his faithful dedication to our success. Ms. Linda Bordelon provided singular leadership for the LSUA Foundation Scholarship Gala and we are all most grateful for her tireless efforts that brought this event to a successful conclusion. Finally, please join me in thanking Ms. Melinda Anderson for her leadership; her work complemented that of the Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration Committee and the Scholarship Gala Committee to result in a very successful jubilee year for LSUA.

    Thousands of former students, alumni and supporters have exhibited a wonderful dedication to LSU Alexandria and to the success of our students. Their commitment to our students makes our journey into the next fifty years confident and certain.

    Thank you. 
    David P. Manuel

  • Message from the Chancellor (June 14, 2010)

    Dr. David Manuel PictureEnsuring the quality of our efforts at LSU Alexandria is an ongoing process of strategies, planning for the future, implementing best practices, assessment of results and improvements. Of course our measurements and yardsticks run the gamut from State and legislatively mandated outcomes to those that are personal and individualistic. Occasionally others take note of our achievements in ways that confirm our direction and reinforce our commitment to quality. Below I offer three recent examples that speak to the mission of LSUA and to the attainment of national quality benchmarks. As a new or continuing student, these exemplify our focus on your success.

    One of the hallmarks of an academic department is the recognition of its quality by peer institutions. The LSUA Department of Education reached that milestone this month with the recognition of its full accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Thanks to the extraordinary work of Dr. Judy Rundell, chair of the Department, the faculty and the staff, the rigorous review by the NCATE professionals confirms the high quality of the curricula, the commitment of the faculty and staff to student success, and dedication of our education graduates to the success of students in their schools. Our success is further confirmed by the widespread approval of school principals and superintendents in the quality of LSUA graduates, 91 percent of whom are employed in Central Louisiana parishes. Our national affirmation is an important consideration to all students who are seeking a degree in education.

    The LSUA commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement is exemplified by our naming to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Julie Gill and other faculty, LSUA students have contributed hundreds of hours of service to civic organizations, non-profit groups, schools, and other groups to help them achieve their respective missions and to incorporate service into the university learning environment. In recognition, Honor Roll recipients were noted for their critical role in expanding the opportunity for citizens to serve, increasing the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities to become more effective, and demonstrating that service is a crucial tool for addressing the challenges that the nation faces. LSUA is pleased that service learning plays such an important role in our mission and in our strategies for improved learning. As either a new or continuing student, we invite you to join us in our service outreach as we impact our Central Louisiana community in positive and exciting ways.

    You will assess your success at LSUA through both short term and long term outcomes. Imparting the knowledge, helping you hone the skills, and assisting you in the acquisition of necessary attitudes will be manifested in how you reach your career goals and in your ability to navigate through life’s challenges. A former student, Mr. Jerry L. Touchton in an opinion/editorial in the June 11, 2010 issue of The Town Talk stated it eloquently when referring to gifts of three former faculty members:

    • Regarding a mathematics professor: “I learned how to be a problem solver; not just techniques and tricks and algorithms, but a kind of attitude and approach…”
    • Regarding a chemistry professor: “…when the procedures didn’t work he would revise them … and we would have to modify our work on the fly. You really learned to think on your feet …”
    • Regarding a history professor: “… I understood from him that I was the result of a long historical process, both good and bad, and that knowing the details of that process was an important part of knowing who I was … I had been taught to view the world with faithful acceptance, and he challenged me to look instead with unflinching intellectual honesty. This to date is the greatest gift anyone has ever given me.”

    These are endearing qualities that LSU Alexandria faculty seek to instill in all of our students -- problem solving attitudes and skills, adept critical thinking, and arriving at a sense of one’s self worth and place in the world; as an LSUA graduate these will carry you forward in your career and confidently into your future.

    Thank you.
    David P. Manuel

  • Message from the Chancellor (March 5, 2010)

    Dr. David Manuel PictureEveryday we are alerted to the increasing connectivity in our world. Indeed, technology has not only been the ‘great equalizer of resource scarcity’ in the world, but it has connected people and communities more rapidly than ever before. This connectivity via a variety of technology-mediated vehicles has improved communication, shortened the lag in emergency notifications and enabled people to connect via ‘social networking’ mechanisms. A related benefit of this technology infusion has been the enhancement of international and multicultural endeavors on the university campus. I deliberately use the word “enhancement” to describe the role of technology; fundamentally, internationalization and improved multicultural dimensions at the university are people-centered. This personal interaction of students, faculty, staff and community leaders of varying cultural and professional backgrounds is fundamental to achieving the goals of a diverse university campus.

    At LSU Alexandria, our commitment and goals of diversity, a multicultural environment and an international university, are articulated in the LSUA Strategic Plan as:

    • Internationalization 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.
    • 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.

    Our commitment to a multicultural university environment is evidenced in an array of initiatives and activities that celebrate the diversity of Central Louisiana. At the annual community-wide Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon we host scores of community leaders to campus to celebrate regional diversity and the life of Dr. King. A regional compliment to this event is the regular campus appearances by members of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Nation who are native to Central Louisiana. These events are important linkages to the region’s diversity and enable LSU Alexandria to widen our students’ perspectives on the significance of diversity as a complement to their undergraduate education. Fortunately faculty and students embrace this diversity as an important teaching opportunity, as evidenced by the Geo-Awareness Multicultural Fair in which regional elementary school students are invited to campus to participate in a series of educational projects that widen their understanding of the world in which we live.

    The LSU Alexandria commitment to internationalization is a growing endeavor best evidenced by the students who choose to attend LSUA from countries other than the United States. Currently students from sixteen countries have joined us to pursue their undergraduate careers, and we have taken several opportunities to welcome them and highlight the heritage of their respective homelands. They contribute to the quality of university life and provide us with a breadth of perspectives that we otherwise would not have. Furthermore, during the fall 2009 semester LSUA was pleased to host Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Marija Knezevic, from the University of Montenegro.

    All of these endeavors enrich the LSU Alexandria learning environment and enhance the quality of our student body. There is much more that we can pursue and we will continue to expand these multicultural and international initiatives in order to enliven our curricula, to prepare our students for their role in a global marketplace and to serve as an example of diversity in action. To view a few memorable moments celebrating our diverse, multicultural and international environment, please view:

    Thank you. 
    David P. Manuel

  • Message from the Chancellor (December 1, 2009)

    Dr. David Manuel PictureAs 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. Our Strategic Plan, “LSU Alexandria 2009-2014: Launching the Next Fifty Years,” will guide the direction and growth of LSUA for the coming five years. This document represents the insight, aspirations and goals of hundreds of persons who have offered input. The following six themes will serve as the foci of all of the objectives pursued.

    Student Success

    LSUA 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 student success.

    Undergraduate Academic Experience

    The 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.

    Professional Growth and University Improvement

    The 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 growth.

    Vibrant University Life

    A 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.

    Campus Quality

    LSUA 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.

    Community Relationships and Outreach

    LSUA 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.

    I hope you will take the time to read the entire Strategic Plan that is posted on this website and I look forward to comments you may wish to offer. It is our sincere hope that you can join us in this journey of academic excellence, access and educational attainment in Central Louisiana. As we progress on the goals and objectives, we will post updates and look forward to sharing our new successes with you.

    Thank you. 
    David P. Manuel

  • Message from the Chancellor (November 1, 2009)

    Dr. David Manuel PictureHealth Professions

    The Department of Allied Health is increasingly a center of excellence for its innovation in delivery of certificate, associate and ultimately baccalaureate programs in the health professions. The “excellence” is manifested in part through the long-standing record of the placement of pharmacy technicians, radiologic technicians, clinical laboratory technicians and others in Central Louisiana. Further manifestation of this is also expressed through collaborative initiatives with Southern University and with LSU Eunice in which students take courses (some through video-based learning, some on-line, and some traditional classroom) at more than one location, thus expanding the access and the reach of Allied Health educational opportunities.

    Although the Allied Health programs at LSUA have been in existence a relatively short time, they have had a large impact in Central Louisiana. Since 1995, LSUA has produced 57 Clinical Lab Technicians. The Certificate in Pharmacy Technician did not begin until Fall 2000, but the program has produced 102 Pharmacy Technicians with a 100% pass rate on the licensure exam. Radiologic Technology began in Fall 2001 and has produced 77 Radiologic Technologists thus far. The pass rate on the licensure exam for that program has also been 100% for the past 3 years.

    The department is also most collaborative with our regional partners. With a strong tradition of clinical education, the department worked closely with the larger University and with the Rapides Regional Medical Center to create the A.C. Buchanan III Allied Health Education Building in downtown Alexandria. With state of the art laboratories, including radiology, and in close proximity to the many clinical sites of central Louisiana, the entire enterprise (accomplished without direct University funds) is helping transform the way in which allied health educational opportunities are delivered.

    The Department of Nursing has offered the Associate Degree in Nursing since the 1960’s and has produced over 3300 registered nurses. Throughout the long history of serving as a source of skilled nursing care to Central Louisiana, the department graduates have dominated the registered nurse core population in the region. The program has long been considered a singular point of excellence for LSU Alexandria by the regional healthcare providers. Indeed, the many of the department’s graduates have attained advanced degrees and have progressed to senior leadership positions at large hospitals and healthcare providers; e. g. chief operating officers and vice presidents of hospitals.

    The Associate in Nursing Program is approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and accredited by the national League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Graduates are eligible to apply to write for Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) to receive licensure as a registered nurse (RN). The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) pursuing an Associate in Nursing may elect to enroll in the LPN to ADN articulation track. The goal of the accelerated LPN to RN track is to facilitate educational mobility from the LPN level to RN practice at the associate degree level.

    As of 2008, the Department of Nursing offers a 2+2 program taking the registered nurse to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The BSN provides registered nurses with an opportunity to broaden their career pathways in an effort to move up the career ladder when presented with the opportunity to do so. The BSN program allows students to develop their critical thinking, supervisory, and communication skills, thereby strengthening their leadership potential. In the BSN program, students learn to apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision making in the provision of high quality nursing care.

    The Nursing Program at LSUA meets or exceeds the criteria for programs of excellence as listed below:

    • Accreditation by Board of Regents approved agency
    • Pass rate on licensure examination
    • Graduate employment rate
    • Employer satisfaction data
    • Student satisfaction data
    Program Name: Associate of Science in Nursing
    Licensure Examination: NCLEX-RN
    Spring 2006 Fall 2006 Spring 2007 Fall 2007 Spring 2008 Fall 2008
    Students eligible to write exam. 46 56 52 45 48 49
    Students writing exam. 46 56 52 45 48 49
    Number of students passing exam. 43 49 46 40 40 46
    LSUA Pass Rate 93% 88% 88% 89% 83% 94%
    State Pass Rate: ADN Programs 90% 89% 86% 91% 89% 90%
    State Pass Rate: All Programs 89% 87% 84% 84% 87% 85%
    National Pass Rate 89% 87% 85% 85% 87% 86%
    Students graduating from the AND program express satisfaction with the LSUA nursing program. 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
    Employers agree that LSUA graduates are comparable or better in performance when compared with graduates of similar experience from similar programs. 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
    Graduate Employment Rate / Full or Part Time 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

    Thank you. 
    David P. Manuel

  • Message from the Chancellor (October 1, 2009)

    Dr. David Manuel PictureIn my most recent message on this site, I discussed how LSU Alexandria (LSUA) is a university on a journey to maturation as a baccalaureate institution. As the only public university in Louisiana whose mission is devoted entirely to the success of undergraduate students, its academic focal points (centers of excellence) must clearly speak to this mission. At this point in our maturation, our clearest expressions of excellence (although still early in development) are the concept and vision of the Business Education Center, the engagement of the Arts and Humanities in both integrated learning and community outreach, and our collaborative approach to the education of Health Care professionals. Below I am pleased to share with you our articulation of the expression of the need for high quality teacher education as an academic focal point and a Center of Excellence for undergraduate education at LSU Alexandria.

    Students in Louisiana and the United States are severely impacted by the shortage of qualified teachers at all levels of public education, pre-K through high school. The goal is simple and targeted: provide Louisiana, particularly Central Louisiana, with certified teachers who will remain domiciled and employed in region. Since fall 2003, LSUA has prepared 177 program completers for teacher certifications, 87% of whom are employed in Rapides Parish or surrounding parishes.

    Conversations with all of the region’s school superintendents confirm the positive outcomes for the region’s parishes. More than simply credentialing teachers and placement in the region to improve public education, the Department of Education has demonstrated excellence in specific ways. The teacher education unit gives priority to the scholarship of application – where teacher candidates and instructors connect with real life situations in the surrounding P-12 schools. University instructors and P-12 clinical faculty collaborate to plan successful training experiences for LSUA teacher candidates - experiences that also ensure meaningful experiences for P-12 students. Similarly, university faculty and P-12 clinical faculty identify or present professional development opportunities for the purposes of enhancing the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions of teacher candidates, university faculty, and P-12 clinical faculty.

    The faculty members of the Department of Education provide enrichment and tutoring experiences for surrounding P-12 students. Through close collaboration with the faculty and departments of the arts and sciences, teacher education programs at LSU Alexandria have a stronger marriage between pedagogy and content than do many programs in education. The faculty of the arts and sciences are partners with their colleagues in education ensuring that students in the Department of Education receive high quality content and are assessed to rigorous and demanding standards.

    All eleven LSUA teacher education programs have been approved by external evaluators through the Louisiana Board of Regents approval process. State and national accreditation visits (Louisiana Department of Education and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) are scheduled for October 24-28, 2009.

    Thank you.
    David P. Manuel

  • Message from the Chancellor (September 1, 2009)

    Dr. David Manuel PictureIn my most recent message on this site, I discussed how LSU Alexandria is a university on a journey to maturation as a baccalaureate institution. As the only public university in Louisiana whose mission is devoted entirely to the success of undergraduate students, its academic focal points (centers of excellence) must clearly speak to this mission. At this point in our maturation, our clearest expressions of excellence (although still early in development) are Education, the concept and vision of the Business Education Center, the engagement of the Arts and Humanities in both integrated learning and community outreach, and our collaborative approach to the education of Health Care professionals. Below I share with you our articulation of the expression of the Arts and Humanities as an academic focal point and a Center of Excellence for undergraduate education at LSU Alexandria.

    One of the most refreshing changes to undergraduate education in the late 20th and early 21st Centuries has been the conversation surrounding the integration of undergraduate curricula, widening engagement of different constituencies in learning, and the blending of the traditional general education objectives with those of professional education. At the center of this is the synergy created via student learning opportunities in the arts and humanities and the university responsibility to serve as a regional cultural catalyst.

    The Department of Arts, English, and Humanities has developed several initiatives to bridge undergraduate student learning with cultural activities that reach out to the Central Louisiana community and also bring the community to cultural venues available through LSU Alexandria. Noteworthy examples of this programming include film and theatre, art and architecture, philosophy and religious studies, literature and languages, communication studies and media opportunities.

    • The Cavanaugh Public Lecture Series provides a forum for provocative ideas. Local authors and scholars from as far away as New Brunswick and Montenegro have offered international and global perspectives on a variety of topics. Recent series have featured author and journalist James Grady, as well as Native American writer Diane Glancy. The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities awarded this program a speakers grant in 2009.
    • The Tournées Film Festival provides Central Louisiana with its own French film festival through a grant from the French American Cultural Exchange. The film series attracted more than 500 participants in 2009.
    • Shakespeare-on-the-Green, now a decade-long tradition that is performed outdoors under the LSUA oaks each spring, is the annual culmination of LSUA’s theatre program. Other performances during the year are held in the Kress Theatre and the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center in downtown Alexandria. During the 2009 four-night performance schedule, Shakespeare-on-the-Greene attracted more than 1200 to the campus quadrangle of LSUA.
    • Arts programs are offered through the University Gallery on the campus of LSUA and at the Alexandria Museum of Art, one of the few accredited museums in the state. A full schedule of workshops, camps, lectures, classes, and exhibitions make these spaces a constantly renewing source of aesthetic enjoyment for the Central Louisiana region’s population. The department has also sponsors outreach programs, such as the traveling theatre troupes that expose rural schoolchildren to Shakespeare and commedia dell’arte, and annual poetry workshops.

    All of these programs attest to the vital role that LSUA and the Department of Arts, English, and Humanities play in the cultural lives of the residents of Central Louisiana. More than simply activities undertaken for the enrichment of the University and the larger community, these are also applications of the arts and humanities to education and afford opportunities for LSUA students to interact with the community and to do so in a way that makes the community a laboratory of applied learning for students in the liberal arts. Unlike the altogether typical campus-centered programs in the arts and humanities, students at LSUA are engaged in what are truly community-centered programs which enrich their learning. As much, if not more, than other areas of the University, Arts, English and Humanities is beginning to deliver on the ideas referenced by the Association of American Colleges and Universities in its provocative “College Learning for the New Global Century.”

    Thank you. 
    David P. Manuel

  • Message from the Chancellor (August 3, 2009)

    Dr. David Manuel PictureLSU Alexandria is a university on a journey to maturation as a baccalaureate institution. As the only public university in Louisiana whose mission is devoted entirely to the success of undergraduate students, its academic focal points (centers of excellence) must clearly speak to this mission.

    The mission and culture of LSU Alexandria have been shaped by the needs of the region in response to the barriers that prevented a high level of undergraduate student success in Central Louisiana. Thus, through the mission, culture and resulting responses, LSU Alexandria embraced issues of broadened access to higher education, issues of working with the adult learners, issues of providing professional training for place-bound students, and issues of responding to the needs of non-traditional learners. As the University embraced selective admissions (2007) and a focus on being an exclusively undergraduate institution and a leader for post-secondary education in Central Louisiana, our “excellence” has come in maintaining a commitment to access (e. g. the LSUE collaborative), maintaining and building on our connections to K-12 schools (one of the strongest early start/dual enrollment programs in the state) and building an institution which is strongly connected to its community. The enhancements in our facilities – the Allied Health Education Center created through a partnership with the Rapides Regional Medical Center, the Alexandria Museum of Art, and the Business Education Center co-located with the Central Louisiana Business Incubator in downtown Alexandria - demonstrate the point.

    Discipline-based “Centers of Excellence” are emerging from this institutional commitment and from this institutional culture. At this point in our maturation, our clearest expressions of excellence (although still early in development) are Education, the concept and vision of the Business Education Center, the engagement of the Arts and Humanities in both integrated learning and community outreach, and our collaborative approach to the education of Health Care professionals. In the coming weeks, I will be sharing with you our commitments to each of these Centers of Excellence.

    Thank you. 
    David P. Manuel

  • Message from the Chancellor (June 19, 2009)

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    Dear Friends:

    New construction always speaks to the future, to the dynamic of change and to the promise of quality.The LSU Alexandria community is fortunate to mark the beginning of this future with the groundbreaking of the Multipurpose Academic Center (MPAC).We will gather at 10:00 AM on June 18, 2009 to set this new construction on its path forward and we hope to celebrate its conclusion in eighteen months.The MPAC will create a major presence on the LSUA campus with its imprint of 70,000 square feet and three stories of glass, steel, and brick exterior finishes.The investment of nearly $11 million is the largest investment on the campus in twenty-five years and will represent a stunning commitment of LSUA to undergraduate student achievement and success.

    Features of Multipurpose Academic Center include:

    • Twelve classrooms each seating 30 students;
    • Two classrooms each seating 85;
    • Two classrooms each seating 48;
    • A methods classroom with seating for 30 students;
    • A computer and writing laboratory for 20 students and adjoining small group study room;
    • Painting and drawing studio for 30 students;
    • Ceramic studio for 24 students, an indoor kiln room and outdoor ceramics kilns and yard;
    • Photography suite with lecture and work area for 20 students, darkroom, and digital printing capabilities;
    • Archive storage for the LSUA permanent art collection;
    • Chorale room and theatre rehearsal room;
    • Four music practice rooms;
    • Black Box Theatre seating 175 and associated controls, equipment and lighting;
    • Four department office suites; and
    • Sixty-one faculty offices.

    In recent years several additions to the LSU Alexandria campus have signaled important change and advancement, such as construction and occupancy of The Oaks Residence Hall, construction of the new baseball and softball complex (scheduled for dedication on February 3, 2010), and the current renovation of the Student Center and Brumfield-Caffey Annex.All of these speak to the very bright future of LSUA; however, the Multipurpose Academic Center will serve as a singular resource to transform teaching and learning on the campus.While it has taken several years to reach this stage, the MPAC will mark a new era in undergraduate higher education in Central Louisiana.

    Thank you.
    David P. Manuel
  • Message from the Chancellor (May 13, 2009)

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    Dear Friends:

    First, as I near the close of my first year as Chancellor I wanted to thank all who have helped to ease my transition to LSU Alexandria and for your patience as I asked questions, learned processes, came to appreciate the traditions, and listened to your aspirations and hopes for the University. The year has progressed more rapidly than I anticipated and has given me a new perspective on the time available for meaningful progress. As I look back on the year, I am particularly grateful for the dedication of our faculty and staff and for the broad understanding that we will only make significant progress if we all focus on the ultimate goal, the success of our students.

    I am very proud of the way our campus responded to the challenges of the year, whether they were natural disasters or financial strains. The common thread of these extremes is that we responded expeditiously and humanely, with deep appreciation for the wellbeing of our colleagues and students, and with a focus on our mission and core activities. We may face more financial stresses and I know that we have learned to address these in creative ways that preserve and nurture our academic mission. Thank you for your honest and open concerns over these financial matters and for your suggestions on how to address them.

    LSU Alexandria has many positive markers on its horizon. Three large construction projects will be in various stages during the year and all will have immense and diverse impact on the academic and campus life of the University -- completion of the baseball and softball complex, completion of the renovations to the Student Center, and initiation of the construction of the Multipurpose Academic Center. As we welcome our faculty and students in the fall semester, we will also be welcoming a Fulbright Scholar from Montenegro. In the coming summer and during the fall semester, we will be finalizing our plans for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of LSU Alexandria. We will mark the special legacy of the University during the year 2010 and will also chart the course for a bright and engaging future.

    Finally, I have learned much about LSU Alexandria during the year and wish to thank all who participated in the strategic planning consultations. These conversations have been valuable and they will continue during the early weeks of the summer. These serve as important sources to inform the content of the new strategic plan. Hopefully I will be able to have a draft of this plan ready for review at the end of the summer and at that time will invite your comments.

    Thank you.
    David P. Manuel
  • Message from the Chancellor (March 3, 2009)

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    Dear Friends:

    Selecting the university that best fits your academic, professional and personal goals can be a challenging experience. In these days of stressed financial and credit markets, the challenge can seem daunting. In spite of this challenge, you should seek the assistance of those who have attended the institution you are considering. Always try to visit the campus and consult with faculty, staff and students who are associated with the university. Below are a few of the points of comparison that are important as you consider and evaluate your choices.

    Do the academic offerings and degree programs meet your expectations? Carefully look at the majors you might choose, the rigor of the curricula, and how they will fit into your career goals. To assist in this navigation, you should inquire into the availability of professional advising services and whether your faculty will serve as advisors and mentors. To reinforce these touch points of academic quality, seek other quality measures, such as the ratio of undergraduate students to full-time faculty, undergraduate research opportunities, and other extracurricular activities that complement your academic goals.

    As a first time freshman, I think it is important for you to ask if you will be welcomed to campus as a leader. Attending a university is certainly first and foremost about reaching your academic goals; however, you should also see the university as an environment in which you will grow and evolve as a leader. Opportunities to contribute to the vibrancy of the campus life and to the service and outreach mission of the university should not be overlooked. The years you will spend at the university are important for your growth and maturity, but they are also times when the university will need you to be part of its life and future. Experiences gained through extra-curricular activities can enhance your marketability and opportunities beyond your college years.

    The question of cost and affordability are foremost in the minds of many. As you seek answers to your questions, be certain to ask about financial assistance, scholarships and other financial aid. The university you choose will work closely with you and your family to find the package of financial assistance that best fits your financial needs. Regardless of your financial need, always try to evaluate the best value for your personal investment.

    If you are a non-traditional student who may have some university experience and you are seeking to complete your degree, the same considerations apply. However, you might also look for other university features that will assist you in completing your degree objectives; for example, the availability of non-traditional course formats, variations in course and class locations, special financial assistance, or child care facilities.

    Finally, I invite you to visit LSU at Alexandria. Our faculty, staff and administration are available to answer your questions, consult on academic degree programs, tour the campus with you or guide you through the issues of financial assistance and scholarships. I also hope you take the opportunity to meet some of our students and that you seek their insight into the quality of their experience at LSUA. To a person, I think you will discover that LSUA enthusiastically focuses on your undergraduate academic success.

    Thank you.
    David P. Manuel
  • Welcome from Dr. Manuel & LSUA Strategic Plan

    Dr. David Manuel PictureDear Friends:

    Welcome to the Louisiana State University at Alexandria website and on behalf of the faculty, staff and students of LSUA, Happy New Year! The year 2009 marks the forty-ninth year in the remarkable history of this University and represents an important cusp in both its history and its future. On a personal note I have just completed my first six-month-milestone on my own journey as Chancellor of LSUA. Many alumni, donors, community leaders, faculty, staff and students have played important roles in my orientation and acculturation. I have come to appreciate the dedication that has taken LSUA to its present status, to value the quality of the faculty who care deeply about student success, and to embrace the hope that LSUA will be a driver of economic growth in Central Louisiana.

    In the coming months we will evaluate the current strategic plan for LSUA, engage the various constituencies of the University in an open conversation, and create a strategic document that will steer the campus as we launch into our next half century. Higher education faces many challenges, yet the call to educate our students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to lead and to succeed has never been stronger. Our plan will map the goals, objectives, and actions that will enable us to capitalize on our strengths, seek and make new educational opportunities, improve our processes, and proactively address our challenges.

    As we prepare for our upcoming years and new milestones, it is important that we celebrate the successes of our past and the richness of the LSUA heritage. To that end, I will soon announce the formation of the LSUA 50th Anniversary Planning Committee. Members will assist the University in designing and planning a series of celebrations that will mark this important anniversary in 2010. As part of these celebrations we will call attention to the turning points that created new directions and honor those whose dedication has helped LSUA advance.

    Finally, if you are a prospective student or a parent, I invite you to visit LSU at Alexandria. Our faculty, staff and administration are available to answer your questions, consult on academic degree programs, tour the campus with you or guide you through the issues of financial assistance and scholarships. I also hope you take the opportunity to meet some of our students and that you seek their insight into the quality of their experience at LSUA. To a person, I think you will discover that LSUA enthusiastically focuses on your academic success.

    Thank you. 
    David P. Manuel