College of Science Strategic Plan

Strategic Planning Background

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Our LSU College of Science is at an exciting point in time, supported by inspiring student achievements and successes, groundbreaking discovery and innovation, new investments, and transformative partnerships. We also know that we operate in an ever-changing environment in higher education, where we must be strategic, forward-thinking, and nimble when building on our successes, constantly improving, and not only anticipating change – but counting on it.

In late 2022, our college began a strategic planning effort designed to drive the development of our future vision, priorities, goals, and strategies. Through this process, we are leveraging all available data and broadly engaging our entire college community in making decisions today that impact our collective future. We are also working to align our college plan with the broader university, particularly as LSU completes its new strategic plan.

To guide this work, Dean Cynthia Peterson has appointed a steering committee representing various areas and perspectives of our college. This committee meets regularly and works closely with college leadership to review comprehensive data related to our college’s current and future state, benchmark ourselves against other leading colleges of science, inform how we engage with our stakeholders and what we do with the information we learn from them, and ensure the future strategies we put in place are reflective of this data and college-wide engagement. We have also engaged a third-party consultant, Emergent Method, to serve as partners and objective facilitators of this process. Their team is very familiar with our university and brings significant expertise in strategic planning, particularly for higher education institutions.

Get Involved

This process is designed to focus heavily on engaging all members of our College of Science community.

Do you have questions, comments, or feedback? We want to hear from you! Email our planning team at any time at

Throughout this process, we will also conduct anonymous interviews, surveys, and focus groups. Please respond to any requests for your perspective and participation. Your feedback will be essential to how we set our future vision, priorities, goals, and strategies.

Please also feel free to contact Dean Peterson, college department chairs, or our strategic planning steering committee members at any point if you have questions or suggestions related to this process.