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Continuing Education


Assistant Dean

Assistant Dean

Development Director





The vision of LSU Continuing Education is to extend the educational resources of LSU to improve the quality of life for the people of Louisiana, the nation, and the global community.


The mission of LSU Continuing Education is to identify, create and support lifelong learning through quality programs that are timely, capitalize on University expertise, and address educational needs with both credit and noncredit programs.

Louisiana State University created University Extension in 1924 to offer credit correspondence and extension classes to students who were unable to attend classes on campus, and to extend higher education throughout the state. Today, the Division of Continuing Education continues to provide access to the highest quality nontraditional educational initiatives to help individuals and groups meet those learning needs that are not addressed by traditional on-campus, classroom-based undergraduate and graduate instruction. The Division is an integral part of LSU, and LSU academic programs and faculty form the core of the Continuing Education outreach mission. In cooperation with the various schools and colleges of the University, the division extends the resources of LSU with more than 85,000 registrations a year to persons in every parish, every state, and throughout the world.

As an independent academic unit, Continuing Education is able to initiate, pursue and support viable programs in response to identified needs. Continuing Education provides support for units which do not have sufficient resources for outreach, and can initiate or facilitate interdisciplinary programs. Some Continuing Education courses are transmitted using unique delivery methods (distance learning, off-campus classrooms, telecourses). Continuing Education has also developed specialized outreach support functions, including computerized registration systems, marketing capabilities, operating procedures, on-line testing, and customer-centered service strategies.

Continuing Education participants seek information, often with the goal of returning to the workplace and using the information they have learned. In todayís competitive and information-rich environment, students who do not get what they need from courses will choose to go elsewhere. Continuing Education programs must provide excellence in design, execution and followup in order to be successful. Outreach programs that are developed and managed through Continuing Education follow applicable University policies and state regulations, and are designed to be self-supporting. Continuing Education has the appropriate staffing and procedures in place to manage large revenue and expenditure streams.

To be effective, outreach must incorporate two-way communication. Continuing Education promotes programs directly to prospective participants, thus increasing public awareness of the University and its programs. Continuing Education reaches beyond the walls of the campus to extend educational opportunities outward, and to bring information about the needs of off-campus constituencies back to LSU. Continuing Education works closely with LSU faculty to match the needs of external audiences with the strengths of the University. Each LSU Continuing Education department has a unique vision and mission to meet the needs of the various publics that it serves.


Extension courses are college-level credit programs that are offered throughout the state.

A Master of Library and Information Science degree is offered at various locations throughout the state, the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts is offered at Fort Polk, and a doctoral degree in education is offered in Shreveport. Courses are taught on-site and via compressed video.

In addition, a program sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, Mississippi, represents a consortium of LSU, Texas A&M, and Mississippi State University, each of whom provides doctoral courses in various scientific fields.


The Continuing Education Center offers pleasing accommodations and superb meeting facilities that are available to anyone visiting the LSU campus. It is one of the outstanding centers of its kind in the nation. The 72 bedrooms and 17 suites have private baths and daily maid service. Concierge services available include complimentary continental breakfasts and airport shuttles. The center also houses a large auditorium with a seating capacity of 200, two medium-sized conference rooms with seating capacities of 60 and 80, and six smaller conference rooms.

Pleasant Hall, easily accessible to all campus activities, is available to those individuals coming to campus for conferences, University-sponsored activities, and athletic events.


Computer Rehabilitation Training (CRT), provides a comprehensive training program to prepare severely disabled adults as computer programmers. Established in 1980, CRT operates under the combined sponsorship of LSU, CRT's Business Advisory Council (BAC), and Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS). The BAC, a nonprofit organization of local data processing professionals, is directly responsible for the CRT curriculum, candidate selection, and graduate review and placement. LRS funds the program, provides all referrals, and supervises the students during training.

The CRT program offers a Certificate of Completion after 11 months of comprehensive study in a curriculum designed to provide students with the computer skills needed to qualify for entry-level programmer/analyst positions. Because the students are chosen and evaluated by computer professionals and trained in a curriculum developed to reflect current business needs, CRT graduates have the knowledge and skills needed to be immediately productive employees. Many state and federal agency and business environments accept a certificate from CRT as equivalent to a four-year degree.


The Computer Training Program provides non-credit training in computer operating systems, application programs, programming languages, internet & website development, computer aided design (CAD), and networking. Courses feature hands-on instruction using IBM or Macintosh computers. Customized and on-site training is available. The Computer Training Program is an authorized training center for Novell and Microsoft.


LSU Conferences employs a professional team approach to planning and conducting programs and providing comprehensive conference services for groups bringing their meetings to the Baton Rouge campus and throughout Louisiana. Professional conferences, institutes, and research symposia are planned and conducted in collaboration with the various academic and research units of the University for regional, national, and international audiences. Many professional associations, public and private agencies, and cultural and civic organizations have also found LSU Conferences to be a valuable programming partner.

A staff of professionals assists clients throughout the University, the State, the region, and across the nation, by providing essential conference services, including site selection and negotiation, publicity and promotion, audio-visual and other learning aids, comprehensive registration services, financial planning and management, meeting room set-up and catering arrangements, optional tours, transportation and parking arrangements, on-site management, and post conference wrap-up. The highest priority of the conference administration team is working with the group to create a proper learning environment for each program.

The Gulf South Compression Conference attracts over 1,000 participants from the oil and gas, gas transmission, and refinery industries to the LSU campus each year. The mission of the conference is to lead the compression industry to excellence by providing a high quality forum for technology and information-sharing and experience exchanges. Through tutorials, workshops, roundtable discussions, and vendor exhibits, the conference program enables engineers, operators, supervisors, maintenance personnel, purchasing agents, training managers, and other participants to learn new and leading-edge industry information as well as share challenges and solutions from real world, field experience. Call 225/388-GULF (4853) for more information.


English Language and Orientation Program (ELOP) offers English language training to international students through a variety of course components. These components are designed to enable international students to attain a mastery of English for academic, professional, or personal goals and to facilitate their adjustment to the educational, social, and cultural life of the U.S. through an integrated program of language classes, orientation events, cultural activities, and field trips.

Five Eight-week Basic Courses are offered each year in August, October, January, March, and June. These courses have a core curriculum of 22.5 hours per week in reading, grammar, composition, listening comprehension, and spoken English. Levels are established by placement tests and range from elementary through advanced. All classes are taught by experienced, full-time faculty.

Elective Classes offered to students in the Basic Course include: a 10-hour TOEFL Preparation Class; a 20-hour Conversation Class led by trained American students who meet with small groups of ELOP students; a 20-hour English for Business Class, designed to introduce students to a variety of concepts and issues concerning U.S. and international business; Introduction to Computers; and Beginning and Intermediate Golf.

Two Four-week Conversational Courses are offered each year to focus on American cultural experiences and holidays at Thanksgiving and Mardi Gras. These courses focus on building conversational skills in a relaxed but stimulating learning environment.

All ELOP students have access to a state-of-the-art Audio/Visual lab for listening comprehension classes and independent study and a computer teaching lab environment with internet connections, TOEFL programs, word processing, and pronunciation programs.

Admission to the English Language and Orientation Program neither signifies nor guarantees admission to LSU.

Applications to this program may be obtained by contacting the English Language and Orientation Program by mail, phone, fax or website.


The LSU Office of Government Programs (OGP) provides education and training programs, seminars, conferences, and technical assistance for local governments and associations. Agencies can schedule special topic seminars on-site and can attend regional training programs.

For more information concerning training schedules or to schedule one of the programs listed below, please contact Brookie Allphin, LSU Office of Governmental Programs.

The LSU Leadership Academy for Elected Officials enrolls local government elected and appointed officials from parishes and municipalities throughout the state. The two-day Academy programs examine topics of critical concern to local elected officials. The program is POST-Certified for law enforcement.

The Certified Local Government Manager Program is a certificate management training program leading to the designation "Certified Local Government Manager." The CLGM Program assists the local government administrator/manager with professional leadership training needed to solve problems and make decisions. The course is POST-Certified for law enforcement.

Strategic Planning Retreats are sessions facilitated by professionals in organizational planning and development in which participants define and clarify the leadership vision and mission of their agency. The leadership team learns to develop an entrepreneurial approach to managing organizational effectiveness, renewal, and change through clearly defined goals and action plans.

The LSU Academy of Politics provides a nonpartisan program for the education of existing and potential public leaders. The academy is designed to provide the foundation for in-depth understanding of the political system in the state of Louisiana. Individuals who complete the noncredit program receive an excellent foundation for participation in the political process, whether as an activist, candidate, political consultant, or involved citizen. The academy is nondiscriminatory, nonpartisan, and does not participate in campaigns, endorse candidates, or take positions on issues.

The LSU Executive Fire Officer Series is a comprehensive, three-level management and leadership program offered in cooperation with the Fire and Emergency Training Institute. The EFO series addresses the continuing education needs required for effective and efficient administration and leadership in the modern day fire department.


The Office of Independent Study, the eighth largest correspondence program in the country, offers courses in both college and high school subjects taught by members of the University faculty. Enrollment in a correspondence course may be made at any time.

College-level courses are substantially the same in scope and content as those taught on campus. They are of particular interest to college students who are unable to attend campus classes and need the flexibility of a nine-month enrollment period. In addition, college-level courses are taken by high school seniors or graduates who want to earn college credit, as well as individuals wanting to work independently toward their academic goals.

High school instruction by correspondence offers high school students a program of study that can be followed at home at their own pace. High school correspondence work may be undertaken by students to earn credit in courses not offered by local school systems, to supplement or make up required credits, or to enrich academic programs.

Independent Study also offers a high school diploma option. Persons who are 18 or older and who have been out of high school for one full semester may complete their academic requirements and receive a diploma from University Laboratory School. In accordance with Louisiana Department of Education guidelines, graduation requirements are those which were in effect the year the individual entered high school.

Further information concerning correspondence study courses, requirements, and opportunities may be obtained from the Independent Study Bulletin, which is available from the Office of Independent Study, or from the Independent Study website:


Lagniappe Studies Unlimited is Louisiana's first and only "learning in retirement" program. The program is for retired people, and is a member-run organization. Interesting noncredit classes and field excursions are offered in the day time and at convenient off campus locations. Members participate as students and also have opportunities to teach courses and serve on committees. The program is affiliated with Elderhostel, the national nonprofit educational program for older adults.


The LSU Law Enforcement Training Program provides education and training for law enforcement personnel at all levels of their career. The nine-week Basic Training Academy is offered four times per year and provides state certification for entry level personnel. Advanced and specialized schools such as the four-week Scientific Crime Investigator Institute are also offered. Other specialized schools are conducted both on and off campus as the need arises.

This training program is designed to provide officers with the most current information available from experts in all fields of law enforcement and related areas. Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, judges, district attorneys, sheriffs, state and municipal officers, other public officials, and LSU faculty assist with the educational courses.

Law Enforcement Training also offers the 40-hour Private Investigator certification course and various courses for the eight hours of continuing education requirements by the State Board of Private Investigator Examiners.


EconomicsAmerica and the Stock Market Game, the programs of the Louisiana Council for Economic Education (LCEE), enable K-12 teachers to bring high quality economics programs to their students. This mission is accomplished through teacher training, curriculum and program development, instructional materials production and dissemination, and evaluation and research at university/college centers for economic education.

The LCEE is affiliated with the National Council on Economic Education and its EconomicsAmerica network of state councils, centers for economic education, and EconomicsAmerica school districts.


The Paralegal Studies Program is approved by the American Bar Association and is an outgrowth of the Division of Continuing Education's paralegal course offerings begun in 1982. The program offers a noncredit certificate for individuals seeking careers as paralegal. A bachelor's degree is recommended for admittance to the program, but students with 45 hours of college credit are eligible for admission. The program features day and evening classes and can be completed in one year. The courses are taught by attorneys and practicing paralegals.


LSU Professional Development designs and implements selected non-credit continuing professional development programs in the form of open enrollment offerings and custom programs conducted in response to the specific educational needs and concerns of sponsoring business, industry, government, and professional organizations. The programs are designed to build on the strengths and expertise of LSUís faculty and their academic and research units for the purpose of assisting participants to become more effective in their professional roles. The vast majority of programs are presented by teams comprised of select LSU faculty and proven professionals from business, industry, academia, and leading consulting firms from across the nation. LSU Professional Developmentís programmatic activities increasingly serve as a major vehicle for knowledge and technology transfer.

The Environmental Management Program offers non-credit courses in asbestos management, lead paint management, indoor air quality, hazardous materials management, environmental site assessments and audits, and special environmental topics that meet or exceed federal and state training requirements. All asbestos management and lead management courses are recognized by EPA and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality for certification purposes.


The Office of Youth Programs conducts numerous programs for young people of pre-college age. Included are major summer programs, such as mini-courses for Gifted and High Achieving Youth, the Honors High School Credit Program, the Youth Academy, Camp Discover, Camp Challenge and various summer camps and courses.

Science and Engineering Fairs

The Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair and the Region VII Science and Engineering Fair are Louisiana State University based educational programs which provide unique opportunities for public and private school students in grades six through twelve. Through development and presentation of science and engineering projects, students enhance their abilities to: make observations; ask questions regarding scientific phenomena; formulate ideas regarding the solution to a problem; develop and carefully follow procedures related to finding an answer or solution to a problem; and effectively present their works to society.



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