As the flagship institution of the state, the vision of Louisiana State University is to be a leading research-extensive university, challenging undergraduate and graduate students to achieve the highest levels of intellectual and personal development. Designated as a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, the mission of Louisiana State University is the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application of knowledge and cultivation of the arts.
In implementing its mission, LSU is committed to:
- offer a broad array of undergraduate degree programs and extensive graduate research opportunities designed to attract and educate highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students;
- employ faculty who are excellent teacherscholars, nationally competitive in research and creative activities, and who contribute to a world-class knowledge base that is transferable to educational, professional, cultural, and economic enterprises; and
- use its extensive resources to solve economic, environmental, and social challenges.
(Mission Statement approved December 2006)
The University has over 1,400 full-time and part-time faculty members. The Boyd Professorship—named in honor of two early University presidents, David and Thomas Boyd—is the highest professorial rank awarded. The William A. Read Professorship of English Literature and the Nicholson Professorship of Mathematics are comparable to the Boyd Professorship.
Other awards for outstanding achievement are Endowed Chairs, Endowed Professorships, LSU Foundation Professorships, Alumni Professorships, Distinguished Faculty Fellowships, and the annual Distinguished Research Master Award. Recognized authorities in various fields are appointed as consulting professors or visiting lecturers.
The University is committed to the principle that excellence in teaching depends upon qualified and conscientious instructors. LSU boasts a nationally and internationally recruited faculty—approximately 85 percent of whom have terminal degrees. Many faculty members are international authorities in their fields and bring esteem and recognition to the University. The recipients of such coveted awards as the Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, LSU professors represent an enviable array of knowledge.
LSU is one of a small number of universities nationwide designated as a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution. According to a report by the National Research Council, LSU consistently ranks among the top 30 universities in total federal, state, and private expenditures. The University's success in the leveraging of state funds to obtain federal dollars places it among the best in the nation and represents a good investment of taxpayers' money. The economic result of this activity is the creation of 2,250 new jobs, $55 million in new income for Louisiana households, and $125 million in new sales to Louisiana firms.
The University Libraries comprise the largest research library in the state. And LSU's Office of Intellectual Property ranks among the nation's top 20 university patent receivers. The University now holds 243 patents and received more than $308,000 in licensing revenue in 2006-07.
In addition to more than 40 institutes, centers for advanced study, and other specialized units headquartered at LSU, various state and federal governmental units maintain offices and laboratories on campus.
LSU injects more than a half-billion dollars into the Baton Rouge economy annually, with direct expenditures of more than $344 million by all units in Baton Rouge, creating sales of nearly $672 million.
At any given time, more than 2,500 sponsored research projects are in progress. Additionally, faculty and staff members and graduate students pursue numerous research projects that are not sponsored by outside agencies. Since the 2002-03 fiscal year, external research funding at LSU has increased steadily to the current level of $146.3 million. LSU’s awarded grants and contracts from federal, state, and private sources provide a significant boost to the Louisiana economy. Other research projects and instructional programs are undertaken through the LSU Agricultural Center, the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, and Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
Government, education, business, and industry in Louisiana benefit daily from the outreach services provided by LSU. New technology is transferred from University laboratories to the community, providing a vital boost to the economy and helping to find answers to some of Louisiana's most pressing environmental issues.
Several LSU divisions provide public services to the community and state.
- The LSU Cartographic Information Center (CIC), ranked among the largest academic map libraries in the U.S., holds a vast collection of maps, globes, journals, monographs, photographs, slides, and atlases. The center serves patrons from the LSU community, local businesses, state agencies, and the general public.
- The J. Bennett Johnston, Sr., Center for Advanced Microstructures & Devices (CAMD) is a high-tech research center that serves the public by providing: an infrastructure for economic diversity within the state in the area of microfabrication; testing services for local area gas, oil, and chemical industries; a focus for material science research and development at LSU and within the state; and scientific outreach to students in elementary school through graduate school.
- The LSU Center for Internal Auditing (LSUCIA) is an internationally recognized program that provides students with nationwide internships and career opportunities. The LSUCIA also provides executive training for professionals.
- Continuing Education provides valuable learning opportunities by extending LSU's resources beyond the campus through workshops, short courses, extramural courses, correspondence courses, institutes, seminars, and conferences.
- The Curriculum Theory Project is internationally recognized. Housed in the Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Practice, the project supports research at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels concerning curricular issues.
- The Delta Express Project, a collaborative program between the College of Education and the University of California-Berkeley, addresses both educational and social needs of underserved children displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
- The Division of Student Life matches community needs with student and faculty resources through its academic service learning program, LSU PLUS, coordinated through University College; and the Student Community Outreach Center, coordinated through the Campus Life.
- The LSU Coastal Roots Program is a coastal wetland restoration project in south Louisiana led by the College of Education and the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences. This program engages fourth through twelfth graders in the growing of native plant seedlings that they then plant in coastal habitat restoration projects in south Louisiana.
- The Earth Scan Laboratory is a satellite receiving station and image processing facility for environmental data from six unique earth observing sensor systems. The laboratory specializes in real-time access to satellite imagery and measurements of the atmosphere, oceans and coastal areas within the Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean Sea region, data which is obtained directly from satellite transmissions many times each day. The mission of the laboratory is state emergency response, education, and research. During hurricane season the laboratory provides detailed maps of hurricanes, their structure, location, and movement every 15 minutes to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Response. Also provided is real-time imagery of hurricanes, tropical storm, and coastal/ocean events through the laboratory’s Web site: www.esl.lsu.edu.
- The LSU FACES Laboratory is a public service, research, and educational facility designated to assist law enforcement agencies in the positive identification of human remains, profile analysis, and trauma analysis. Since 1981, this laboratory unit of the Department of Geography & Anthropology, the only one of its kind in the state and region, has offered complete methods of identification through forensic anthropological autopsy and computer-generated techniques.
- The primary goal of the French Education Project is to improve the teaching of French and francophone cultures with special emphasis on Louisiana’s francophone heritage. Among its offerings to K-12 teachers of French and science is the Virtual Museum, a collaborative effort between the College of Education and the LSU Museum of Natural Science, which provides statewide access to LSU’s immense collection of natural science specimens and rich academic expertise.
- GEAR UP Baton Rouge is a College of Education outreach initiative which supports faculty’s work with area schools to provide postsecondary opportunities for at-risk youth.
- The Healthy Aging Studies Project is led by an interdisciplinary team collaborating to profile for creating healthy aging. Findings from the study of genetic and physiologic determinants of longevity and “healthy aging” benefit the state as it addresses aging issues.
- The LSU Hurricane Center is a multidisciplinary center addressing hurricanes and other hazards and their impacts on the natural, built, and human environments. Center faculty work closely with resource managers and emergency preparedness decision-makers, transferring the latest information and technology in areas such as storm prediction, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.
- The mission of the Stephenson Entrepreneurial Institute (SEI) is to enhance efforts to develop and sustain entrepreneurial and family business opportunities in the state of Louisiana. Specific activities carried out by the institute include, but are not limited to, educational seminars and workshops in an executive education format, University course work, business planning and consultation, and venture funding assistance, with a prime goal of job creation for Louisiana.
- The College of Agriculture’s Les Voyageurs student speakers bureau conducts programs for middle and high school age student groups on career opportunities and career decision making in the agricultural and natural sciences.
- The Louisiana Business & Technology Center (LBTC) is a small business incubator on campus that is the home to 25 start-up businesses. The LBTC offers flexible space, business equipment, and consulting services to those firms and outside clients through the LSU Small Business Development Center. In addition, the LBTC operates the Louisiana Technology Transfer Office for the state of Louisiana, that, through its offices at LSU and NASA/SSC, provides technical assistance to Louisiana companies through NASA and other federal laboratories. Graduate and undergraduate students work on projects through the LBTC.
- The Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, a division of the LSU Agricultural Center, is a statewide program that maintains agricultural agents and specialists in each of Louisiana's 64 parishes.
- The Louisiana Geological Survey performs geological investigations that benefit the state of Louisiana by encouraging the economic development of the natural (energy, mineral, water, and environmental) resources of the state, protecting the state and its citizens from natural, geological, and environmental hazards, and ensuring the transfer of geological information.
- The LSU Writing Project, a National Writing Project site established in 1984 and housed in the College of Education, supports university/P-12 partnerships dedicated to improving the quality of P-12 student writing. Serving 10 parishes in the southern part of the state, the project hosts invitational summer writing institutes, rural open institutes, P-12 administrators’ writing retreats, and youth writing activities.
- Louisiana State Youth Opportunities Unlimited (LSYOU) is a College of Education program which assists Louisiana adolescent youth at high risk for dropping out in overcoming obstacles to their success.
- The Louisiana Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory provides a comprehensive animal disease diagnostic service to the agricultural and general communities.
- The McKinley High Oral History Project resulted in taped interviews now housed in the East Baton Rouge Parish Carver Branch Library. These tapes document the history of Old South Baton Rouge. The tapes represent work stemming from a 10 year collaborative among the College of Education, T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, School of Social Work, Service Learning Center, and the Old South Baton Rouge community. With impact locally and nationally, these oral histories highlight the important role the Old South Baton Rouge community played in the civil rights movement.
- The Peripheral Neuropathy Exercise Intervention Project focuses on physical activity for health and wellness for people with peripheral neuropathy. Department of Kinesiology faculty offer diagnostic services and provide information on peripheral neuropathy, as well as guide such interventions as Tai Chi, assisted walking, and infrared light therapy focused exercise.
- The Positive Behavior Support Center is a long-standing College of Education program for P-12 education which provides support to the Statewide Positive Behavioral Support Team, as well as related professional development and evaluation of school-wide PBS.
- The Public Policy Research Laboratory combines the talents and disciplinary perspectives of economists, mass communication scholars, and political scientists. The lab offers an innovative approach to original public opinion research on behalf of policy makers, state and local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, media outlets, and academicians. It is a partnership of the Manship School of Mass Communications Reilly Center for Media& Public Affairs, the E. J. Ourso College of Business, and the College of Arts & Sciences.
- Psychological Services Center offers assessment and treatment to adults and children for a variety of psychological and behavioral difficulties.
- Speech-Language Hearing Clinic offers diagnostic evaluation and management services for the communicatively handicapped.
- The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs provides symposia, forums and research on the relationships between the media and social, economic and political issues.
- The Office of Community Design & Development in the College of Art & Design, provides architectural, landscape, and interior design services, as well as community planning, technical assistance, and educational outreach to local communities, housing authorities, and community development corporations.
- The Louisiana Council of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement for P-12 schools (SACS-CASI) partners closely with the College of Education, where it is housed. SACS-CASI is committed to assisting public and nonpublic elementary, middle, and secondary schools and school systems in Louisiana in efforts to achieve accreditation so as to ensure quality instruction for students.
- The Office of Sea Grant Development communicates the results of marine and coastal research through practical assistance, educational programs, and various media products. Public service efforts are conducted through the Sea Grant Legal Program, Marine Extension Services, Advisory Services in Marine Recreation and Tourism, and the Communications Office.
- The Office of Social Service Research & Development assists social service agencies in the areas of research, program evaluation, program development, grant writing, technical assistance, information, specialized training, and advocacy activities.
- The Spanish Education Project, established in the College of Education in 2000, supports Spanish teacher education through educational guidance, information and materials, and workshops. Focus is on organizing and promoting cultural and artistic activities related to the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures.
- The School of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Teaching Hospital & Clinics offers tertiary, secondary, and primary care services for animals of the pet-owning public and animal industries of Louisiana and surrounding states. Specialty services in large and small animal internal medicine and surgery, cardiology, dermatology, avian and exotic animal medicine, radiation and medical oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, pathology, and theriogenology are available.
- The Applied Math Clinic, offered by the Dept. of Mathematics, works on mathematical modeling projects for local industries and provides “real-world” experience for advanced undergraduate math majors as a capstone experience.
- The Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI), which is housed in the E. J. Ourso College of Business, was established to help save the lives of people and animals by continuously improving disaster response management through research and education.
The University also offers numerous cultural and entertainment events, including lectures, musical performances, and plays, to the community each year. In the College of Music & Dramatic Arts, the Department of Theatre and Swine Palace present 10-12 theatrical productions, each of which runs over extended periods of time. The School of Music presents more than 250 recitals and concerts, many of which are free to the campus community and general public. These latter offerings include fully staged operas; choral, band, jazz, and orchestral concerts; and faculty and student recitals. The LSU Music Academy, run by the School of Music, offers private lessons on a wide variety of instruments and voice. In addition, LSU’s museums—including the Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural Science, and the unique Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens—are open to all citizens.