To be a leading research university, taking undergraduate and graduate students to the highest levels of intellectual and personal development.
The mission of Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (LSU) is the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application of knowledge and cultivation of the arts for the benefit of the people of the state, the nation, and the global community.
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (LSU) is recognized as the state's comprehensive research university by the Louisiana Legislature (House Bill 1) and by the Board of Regents' Master Plan for Higher Education. It is the only Southern Regional Education Board Four-Year 1 University in Louisiana, it is one of only 88 institutions classified by the Carnegie Foundation as Research University I (again unique in Louisiana), and it is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution. The federal judiciary has also recognized LSU's unique role, stipulating in the 1994 desegregation Settlement Agreement that LSU "shall continue to be recognized as Louisiana's flagship state institution and its only comprehensive research institution. LSU shall continue to have the greatest number of graduate and research programs and selective admissions criteria."
Because of its role, scope, and mission, and because of the degree of selectivity in admissions on both the undergraduate and graduate levels (a degree of selectivity unequaled among the public institutions of higher education in Louisiana), LSU must serve the entire state of Louisiana by providing bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs comparable to those afforded to the citizens of other states at their flagship institutions of higher education.
It is this institution's conviction, accordingly, that LSU will best serve the citizens of Louisiana by pursuing its goal of being recognized nationally as one of the leading public universities in the South and as one of the top twenty public universities in the nation; that it can model the highest aspirations of higher education as a learner-centered, faculty and staff supportive, research intensive, diverse university, with a continuous commitment to public service; and that it must continue to lead public higher education in Louisiana in undergraduate education, graduate and professional education, research, service, and economic development.
CLIENTS and/or USERS and BENEFITS and/or SERVICES
LSU's instructional programs include 202 undergraduate and graduate/professional degrees. The University attracts about 16 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 28,000 students from all 50 states and more than 120 foreign countries. Since its first commencement in 1869, LSU has awarded more than 164,000 degrees. The University produces about 20 percent of Louisiana's baccalaureate graduates, approximately 26 percent of the master's degrees, and about 62 percent of the doctoral degrees. Of LSU's 54 doctoral degrees, 48 are unduplicated in Louisiana's public institutions of higher education. With more than 130,000 alumni, LSU ranks in the top 10 percent in the nation in number of graduates. The university has approximately 1,300 full-time and part-time faculty members-more than 85 percent of whom have terminal degrees. 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. At any given time more than 2000 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. LSU annually brings in an average of $70 million in grants and contracts from federal, state, and private sources-a significant factor for the Louisiana economy. The University Libraries comprise the largest research library in the state and provide services for LSU faculty, students, and staff and for state, parish, and school libraries. LSU injects more than a half-billion dollars into the Louisiana economy annually with direct expenditures of more than $344 million by all units in Baton Rouge, creating sales of nearly $672 million.
EXTERNAL FACTORS AND LIMITATIONS
A number of potential external factors are beyond the control of the University and could significantly affect the attainment of the above goals and the following objectives. Among these factors are new demands, requirements, and/or changes in federal and state statutes, rules and regulations; new or changed criteria for accreditation by regional or specialized accrediting agencies; and changes in the rules and regulations of governing boards. In addition, University funding is dependent upon economic changes on the local, state, national, and/or international levels. Federal and state appropriations may vary depending upon these economic fluctuations and are subject to the special priorities and/or targeted programs corresponding to legislative initiatives.
STATUTORY REQUIREMENT OR AUTHORITY
The following statutory requirements and authorities are applicable to all of the goals below:
The Master Plan for Higher Education, Board of Regents, State of Louisiana, April 1994, p. 18;
Louisiana Constitution of 1994, Article 8, $7; Louisiana Revised Statutes, 17:3216; Reaffirmation of Accreditation, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on colleges, 1995; Louisiana State University Self-Study, 1993-1994; Minutes, Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors, October 24, 1991; United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, Civil Action Number 80-3300, Section "A," p.3 and pp. 20-23
DUPLICATION OF EFFORT
Act 19 of 1998 considers LSU a single program; thus, there is no duplication of effort in the statement of goals and objectives.
USE OF PERFORMANCE INDICATORS IN DECISION MAKING
The performance indicator documentation sheets accompanying the strategic plan provide information on the use of performance indicators in management decision making.
1. LSU must offer excellent curricula and must attract, retain, educate, and graduate highly qualified students
2. LSU must attract, retain, develop, and support excellent faculty and staff
3. LSU must facilitate and encourage research that benefits society and advances knowledge
4. LSU must contribute to the social, economic, and cultural well-being of society
Objective 1.1: External and internal peer evaluators will review 68 percent of the current 202 degree programs by the year 2003 in order to identify and correct weaknesses and set priorities for investing resources. [LSU students, alumni, faculty, staff, alumni and citizens of Louisiana]
Program Evaluation Used to Develop Objectives and Strategies: Institutional Self Study, Recommendations of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and recommendations of specialized accrediting bodies
Objective 1.2: To maintain an accreditation rate of at least 95 percent for all academic programs eligible for accreditation.
Program Evaluation Used to Develop Objectives and Strategies: Recommendations of specialized accrediting bodies
Objective 1.3: LSU will increase student success in completing academic programs as measured by increasing the freshman to sophomore retention rate from 77 percent to 82 percent by the year 2001 and by increasing the six-year graduation rate from 47 percent to 52 percent by year 2003 [LSU students, alumni, faculty, staff, Louisiana high schools, and citizens of Louisiana]
Program Evaluation Used to Develop Objectives and Strategies: LSU Self-Study; BOR Peer data; student assessment/surveys
Objective 1.4: LSU will increase by year 2000 the information technology access available to students as measured by a 10 percent increase in the number of active network connections in dorm rooms, classrooms, and laboratories [LSU students, faculty, businesses employing LSU graduates]
Program Evaluation Used to Develop Objectives and Strategies: Student Government Referendum, Self Study, Program Review recommendations, professional accrediting associations' recommendations
Objective 2.1: LSU will develop and implement for all academic and administrative units, long-term faculty and staff plans that consider mission, changing needs in critical areas (e.g., teaching, research, service), and faculty/staff balance (rank, specialization, diversity, full vs. part-time, vacancies/retirements, etc.) by 2003
Program Evaluation Used to Develop Objectives and Strategies: Self-Study, SACSCOC Recommendations, Program Review Recommendations, Specialized Accreditation Recommendations, peer comparison
Objective 2.2: LSU will increase by 5 percent the cumulative number of awards indicative of national and international distinction won by its faculty by the year 2003
Program Evaluation Used to Develop Objectives and Strategies: Peer comparison
Objective 2.3 LSU will increase faculty participation in programs designed to provide incentives, support, development, and recognition by 5 percent by year 2003 [LSU faculty, LSU students]
Program Evaluation Used to Develop Objectives and Strategies: Faculty Senate Recommendations/Resolutions
Objective 2.4 LSU will increase faculty salaries each year to compare favorably with average faculty salaries at peer institutions by year 2000 [LSU faculty, greater Baton Rouge community, Louisiana citizens]
Program Evaluation Used to Develop Objectives and Strategies: Comparison of faculty salaries with faculty salaries at LSU's Board of Regents peers.
Objective 3.1: LSU will increase by 10 percent the annual level of externally funded expenditures by year 2003 [LSU Faculty, Louisiana citizens]
Program Evaluation Used to Develop Objectives and Strategies: Peer comparison, analysis of current externally funded projects and funding trends
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Objective 3.2 LSU will increase by at least 10 percent expenditures in LSU Libraries by year 2000 [LSU faculty, students, state and local libraries, Louisiana citizens]
Program Evaluation Used to Develop Objectives and Strategies: Faculty Senate Recommendations, Self Study, specialized accrediting body recommendations
Objective 4.1: LSU will increase by 5 percent the cumulative number of patents, licenses, and copyrights (applied/awarded) by the year 2003
Program Evaluation Used to Develop Objectives and Strategies: Peer comparison