Louisiana State University
Office of Academic Affairs
October 15, 2001
From: Daniel Fogel, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
To: Faculty and Staff
Subject: LSU Planning Document, Release 2.0
With special gratitude to the University Planning Council and to all of
the members of the LSU community--alumni, students, staff, and faculty--who
have offered suggestions for the improvement of LSU's strategic plan, we
are pleased to present you with the new release of the University Planning
Document. As ever, we affirm that LSU is committed to following this plan
with effective, timely action in order to realize its goals and objectives.
The UPC continues to invite dialogue and encourages communication by email
Preamble to the University Planning Document, Release 2.0
We believe that LSU can best accomplish its mission by providing the people
of Louisiana with access to academic excellence. As Louisiana's flagship
research institution, Louisiana State University and A&M College must
be a leader in the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic advancement of
the state. LSU must attract the brightest students from Louisiana and
around the nation in order to develop talented, productive, responsible
citizens. LSU must be a source of new knowledge, innovation, and
With appropriate support, LSU will continue to rise among the leading
public research universities in the nation; LSU will model the highest
aspirations of higher education as a learner centered, faculty and staff
supportive, research intensive, diverse university, with a commitment
to public service; and LSU will be a leader of education in Louisiana, with
special emphasis on partnerships aimed at the improvement of K-12
We affirm that:
- LSU is a distinctive institution with special opportunities: we must
make the most of these attributes--for example, the unique culture and
history of our state, our strategic relation to the Caribbean and to
Central and South America, and our resource-rich wetlands and coasts.
- LSU is a public institution: we must provide access to
excellence and we must be accountable, always showing that LSU has used
its resources wisely and efficiently.
- LSU is committed in practice and by policy to equal rights for all,
to providing a learning environment and a workplace free of intolerance,
discrimination, and any form of harassment or violence, whether by virtue
of religion, race, national origin, gender, or any other of the attributes
that create the rich diversity of our LSU community.
- Planning and assessment are continuous and essential processes: we
must know where we are heading and how to gauge our progress.
- Shared governance is a fundamental principle: we must work as a team,
with full respect for dialogue and due process.
The University is not the momentary mix of its students, faculty, and staff,
nor is it a particular place. Rather, it is a complex, fluid network of
changing relations that extend far beyond our immediate community and the
borders of our campus. To stay abreast of a rapidly changing world, LSU
must be flexible, bold, and imaginative. At the same time, it is essential
for the economic and social well-being of Louisiana that LSU hold
steadfastly to a vision: to be a leading research university, challenging
undergraduate and graduate students to achieve the highest levels of
intellectual and personal development.
LSU and A&M Planning Document, Release 2.0 October 15,
Vision: To be a leading research university, challenging undergraduate
and graduate students to achieve the highest levels of intellectual and
Mission: The mission of Louisiana State University and A&M
College is the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application
of knowledge and cultivation of the arts.
LSU must offer excellent curricula and must attract, retain, educate,
and graduate highly qualified students.
LSU must attract, retain, develop, and support excellent faculty and
LSU must facilitate and encourage teaching, research, and service that
benefit society and advance knowledge.
LSU must contribute to the social, economic, and cultural well-being
of the state, the nation, and the world.
Strategic Directions and Objectives:
Strategic Direction 1: To create a challenging learning environment
that enriches students' intellectual lives, develops their professional
and personal abilities, and fosters civic engagement and ethical conduct.
Objective 1.1: To enroll students who will succeed at LSU.
Strategic Direction 2: To foster multiculturalism.
Objective 1.2: To provide opportunities for the development of interdisciplinary
connections and approaches to learning.
Objective 1.3: To provide competitive financial aid and scholarship
programs for undergraduates and competitive stipends for graduate and
Objective 1.4: To help students achieve personal and academic goals
through outstanding academic and professional advising, counseling,
and career services.
Objective 1.5: To provide faculty with professional development and
support in order to improve teaching.
Objective 1.6: To develop a wide variety of experiences and support
programs outside the classroom that enrich the emotional and
intellectual development of students.
Objective 1.7: To provide extensive internship, service-learning,
and community service opportunities.
Objective 1.8: To promote inside and outside the classroom an informed
commitment to ethical conduct.
Objective 1.9: To support lifelong learning through credit and
Objective 1.10: To assess and continuously improve curricula.
Objective 2.1: To foster mutual respect and tolerance.
Strategic Direction 3: To invest resources wisely.
Objective 2.2: To recruit and retain students, faculty, and staff
from underrepresented groups.
Objective 2.3: To promote the international and multicultural aspects
Objective 2.4: To support the international exchange of faculty and
Objective 2.5: To foster relationships with foreign universities and
Objective 3.1: To evaluate the needs of the University, determine priorities, and reallocate accordingly, with emphasis on investment
in departments and interdisciplinary areas that will enhance the quality
of the entire institution.
Objective 3.2: To make administrative processes and functions as
efficient and facilitative as possible.
Objective 3.3: To assign decision-making authority to the lowest
Objective 3.4: To cross-train personnel for increased responsibility
Objective 3.5: To use campus facilities efficiently.
Objective 3.6: To investigate all outsourcing opportunities.
Strategic Direction 4: To reward faculty and staff systematically for
Objective 4.1: To recruit and retain scholars of the highest
Objective 4.2: To provide mentoring and encourage professional
Objective 4.3: To implement participatory management techniques that
involve all faculty and staff.
Objective 4.4: To administer a regular, predictable, equitable
compensation program with competitive benefits and annual merit raises
based upon clear criteria and rigorous, consequential performance
evaluations for all faculty, staff, and administrators.
Objective 4.5: To support participation in professional and service
Objective 4.6: To provide promotional opportunities and multi-year
contracts to outstanding faculty with non-tenurable appointments.
Objective 4.7: To encourage and support wellness programs for all
members of the campus community.
Strategic Direction 5: To increase the quality and quantity of University
scholarly and creative activity.
Objective 5.1: To invest in the technological and physical infrastructure required for a nationally competitive research university.
Objective 5.2: To invest more in research, including matching funds,
start-up funds, and maintenance of equipment.
Objective 5.3: To develop a culture that encourages, supports, and
rewards scholarly and creative activity, including the scholarship of
Objective 5.4: To support technology development and transfer, to
foster partnerships with external entities, and to develop spin-off
companies, with special emphasis on economic development for the state
Objective 5.5: To establish a Research Foundation.
Strategic Direction 6: To be a national leader in the application of
information technology and the development of library collections and services.
Objective 6.1: To develop under academic leadership and implement
a Master Plan for technology and electronic information.
Objective 6.2: To provide state-of-the-art educational technology
and training in its use.
Objective 6.3: To provide support for the Libraries at a level that
is nationally competitive.
Objective 6.4: To achieve an appropriate balance of printed and
electronic information resources.
Objective 6.5: To be a leader in developing and publishing learned
journals in electronic formats.
Objective 6.6: To develop and deliver electronic learning programs
in areas in which LSU has distinctive competencies, market advantages,
and the ability to develop programs in very cost-effective ways.
Objective 6.7: To promote among students, faculty, and staff mastery
of information technology and high skill levels in information retrieval,
assessment, interpretation, and application.
Strategic Direction 7: To enhance the physical infrastructure of the
Objective 7.1: To pursue a campus facilities planning process driven
by the University's strategic plan, by needs assessment, and by an
architectural, aesthetic vision.
Objective 7.2: To invest regularly in the upkeep of University facilities in order to ensure preservation of the historic values of the campus and appreciation of LSU's physical assets.
Objective 7.3: To ensure that routine facilities services provide
a campus that is well maintained, environmentally safe, and physically
Strategic Direction 8: To build and sustain informed support for LSU's
role as Louisiana's flagship research university.
Objective 8.1: To coordinate public relations, governmental and
corporate relations, and fund-raising.
Objective 8.2: To encourage, recognize, reward, and publicize individual
achievement by faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
Objective 8.3: To ensure effective communication with the internal
and external stakeholders of the University.
Strategic Direction 9: To secure adequate private and public funds
to support the mission of the University.
Objective 9.1: To enhance academic programs and faculty and student
rewards and stipends through giving from individuals, foundations, and
Objective 9.2: To secure state allocations commensurate with those
of peer, flagship institutions.