Today LSU holds a prominent position in American higher education and is committed to meeting the challenge of pursuing intellectual development for its students, expanding the bounds of knowledge through research, and creating economic opportunities for Louisiana. LSU is in a state of dynamic transformation - changing and evolving to meet the needs of its students, faculty, and the people of Louisiana. LSU 2010, the National Flagship Agenda, brings into focus the University's commitment to excellence at every level. The goal of this agenda is to have LSU reach the upper tier of national prominence by the year 2010, the University's 150th anniversary.
LSU is one of only 21 universities nationwide designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution. It also holds the Carnegie Foundation=s designation as a doctorate-granting university, with very high research activity.
LSU's instructional programs include 202 undergraduate and graduate/professional degrees.
The University attracts about 13 percent of the state's total enrollment in higher education, and LSU students come from many ethnic and religious backgrounds. The student body consists of more than 28,700 students from 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. Although the average age of undergraduates is 21, many older students also pursue degrees at LSU. The student body is 51 percent women and 49 percent men.
Since its first commencement in 1869, LSU has awarded over 221,000 degrees. The University produces about 26 percent of Louisiana's baccalaureate graduates, approximately 22 percent of the master's graduates, and about 53 percent of the doctoral graduates. In 2008-09, LSU awarded 6,044 degrees.
The University is a member of the American Council on Education, an organization of accredited post-secondary educational institutions founded in 1918; the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, founded in 1962 to represent the major public universities and land-grant institutions; and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, a select group of leading public institutions of higher education. LSU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees.
The LSU System, comprised of 11 institutions on eight campuses in five cities, as well as 10 public hospitals in 10 cities, was established by an Act of the Louisiana Legislature on February 6, 1965. The System includes: LSU A&M; LSU Agricultural Center; Paul M. Hebert Law Center; LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans; LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport; University of New Orleans; LSU Eunice; LSU Alexandria; LSU Shreveport; Pennington Biomedical Research Center; and LSU Health Care Services Division.
The governing body of the LSU System is the Board of Supervisors, composed of 15 members appointed by the Governor to staggered six-year terms and one student member elected to a one-year term by fellow LSU System student government leaders. Chief administrative officers of the LSU System are the President, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief of Staff, Vice President for Student and Academic Support Services, Vice President for Communications and External Affairs, Vice President for Health Affairs and Medical Education, Assistant Vice President and University Architect, Assistant Vice President for Budget, Finance & Comptroller.
The LSU Agricultural Center, including the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station and the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Ser-vice and International Programs, has more than 200 faculty members who hold joint appointments with LSU. The Experiment Station has research programs in Baton Rouge and at branch stations throughout Louisiana. The Extension Service disseminates results of research throughout the state through special-sits, county agents, and home economists in every parish.
The Paul M. Hebert Law Center, originally established in 1906, became an autonomous unit of the LSU System in 1977. In 1979, it was renamed in honor of Paul M. Hebert, who served as dean from 1937 to 1977.
All references in this catalog to "Louisiana State University," "LSU," or "the University," are to be understood as meaning the institution in Baton Rouge (whose full name is Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College). Any reference to the LSU System or to any other institution(s) within the System will be clearly indicated.