Governance Structure, see following project leadership section for detail


With a project as long lasting and complex as a student information system implementation across four institutions, an established governance structure is critical to success. The key objectives of project governance are:

  • Timely decision-making
  • Clear escalation process for decision-making
  • Clear responsibilities at each level of progressive decision-making
  • Empower LSU personnel with significant organizational stature to make decisions in the best interests of the project
  • Transparent program/project reporting, decisions, and status updates
  • Consistent flow of communication
  • Forums for advisement on critical program/project-related matters
  • Venues to inform and attain buy-in 

Project Leadership

Executive Sponsors

  • Champion holistic success of the program
  • Critical unresolved issues

Executive Steering Committee

  • Advocate for Strategic Project Vision, Objectives, and Scope
  • Affirm and enforce project charter
  • Complex program management & project oversight
  • Assuring project delivery and quality control
  • Milestone and deliverables sign off
  • Cross-Institution Project Change Champions
  • Drive change management agenda with executive leadership across all institutions

Academic Policy Committee

  • Making recommendations regarding academic policy questions and issues to the LSU Office of Academic Affairs
  • Drive solutions and escalations of risks and issues

Process Governance Committee

  • Making decisions on process and non-academic policy issues
  • Drive solutions and escalations of risks and issues

Enterprise IT PMO & Student Program Management

  • Includes Project Functional Director / Project Deployment Director
  • Cross-Institutional Tactical Leadership
  • Team management and escalation of operational risks and issues
  • Alignment/awareness of dependent projects

Workstream Teams

  • Cross-Institutional Tactical Leadership
  • Workstream Execution