03/01/2013 09:42 AM
BATON ROUGE – BATON ROUGE – The Research & Discovery and Academic Sub-Committees of
the LSU Transition Advisory Team held their first meetings Thursday, Feb. 28, at the
LSU AgCenter. The sub-committees are part of the LSU2015 process for the reorganization
The Research & Discovery Sub-Committee was welcomed by LSU Interim Chancellor and
President William Jenkins and Sub-Committee Chair Jim Firnberg, chancellor emeritus
of LSU-Alexandria, and heard presentations from James Duderstadt, president emeritus
of the University of Michigan; Steven Heymsfield, executive director of the Pennington
Biomedical Research Center; and Nicole Honorée, LSU System director of research and
economic development initiatives.
Duderstadt, via teleconference, discussed current trends in research at American universities.
“The nation’s public research universities supply 65 percent of the research and 70
percent of the researchers that power this country,” he explained, detailing how Michigan’s
shift to a research-based focus in recent decades has made it one of the nation’s
top public universities, and a member of the Association of American Universities.
“I see all of the cards that are turned up that suggest that it’s time for an AAU-class
institution in Louisiana and you are it,” said Duderstadt. “You have launched a process
that is appropriate and I do not see a reason why you cannot achieve it.”
Heymsfield explained Pennington’s focus on issues that directly affect Louisiana and
the surrounding region, such as obesity, while Honorée explained metrics on research
and technology transfer within the LSU System, and how the figures relate to peer
institutions. She stressed that one of the questions LSU’s Transition Advisory Team
has to focus on is “what must be done to sustain and enhance the inputs into the LSU
research and development pipeline to increase both the volume and variety of outputs,
and thus expand LSU’s economic impact?”
The Academic Sub-Committee is co-chaired by Jenkins and Lester W. Johnson, professor
and chief of surgery and director of Surgical Services at LSU Health Sciences Center.
Jenkins welcomed the sub-committee members, and issued the committee’s charge to make recommendations on: intra- and inter-campus innovation and collaboration, academic standards and the strategic deployment of academic programs and the leveraging of technology for learning.
The sub-committee discussed ways for LSU and the other campuses of the system to further
develop processes to incorporate service-learning and life experience into coursework;
the importance for uniform course numbering within the system; how to attract, retain
and further promote the best and brightest students; the development of online courses
and exploration of their role in education; and how to increase cooperation among
the system’s nine campuses.
“We are campuses, not institutions,” said committee member Lee Engel, the associate
program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the LSU Health Sciences
Center in Shreveport.
Jenkins stressed that he wants the sub-committee to hear as many different voices
and ideas as possible.
“I want you to think about what you heard today, and what we can do differently,”
he said. “What can make us more efficient and more competitive, nationally and internationally.”
Agendas for all LSU2015 sub-committee and task force group meetings can be found at http://www.lsu.edu/LSU2015/subcommittees_meeting_schedule.shtml.
For more information about LSU’s re-organization process, visit www.lsu.edu/LSU2015.
Posted on Friday, March 1, 2013