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LSUS: An Environment for Success

December 01, 2017

LSUS: An Environment for Success
by Whitney Martin

Louisiana State University-Shreveport (LSUS) offers a variety of degree programs for a diverse campus of students. It has students ranging from all ages and backgrounds. LSUS works hard to create curriculum and opportunities that prepares its students for their chosen field.

The faculty and staff at LSUS want to ensure that the curriculum for each degree program is suitable for transferring into the workforce. LSUS faculty is currently in the process of updating several programs. Faculty develops and approves the content taught in their respective degree programs. To guarantee that each program offers the best curriculum, some faculty are working with advisory boards of current employers in particular fields to assure that the curriculum taught is relevant to the work field.

“We are currently in the process of updating the general education program to ensure that we have included competencies for the 21st century learner that are transferable to the workforce. Faculty review curriculum annually to ensure it is up to date,” Dr. Julie Lessiter, Interim Provost said.

The most popular undergraduate degree programs are Biology, Psychology and General Studies while the most popular graduate degree programs are the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Master of Health Administration. The ease of access to the LSUS campus, quality of education, variety of online and on-campus classes and the school’s reputation are what keeps LSUS going. Students are attracted to the low-cost, quality education they receive at LSUS.

“An LSUS degree communicates a quality education and therefore you are a marketable job-seeker or student trying to get into professional school or graduate school,” Lessiter said. “Moreover, the cost of an LSUS degree is less than other in-state and out-of-state universities so it is of great value for the diploma you receive at graduation.”

To determine how degree programs are offered, it requires keeping in touch with certain industry professionals and discussing what they are looking for in potential employees. It takes extensive review and planning when creating a new degree program.

“There is a multi-faceted process of identifying "need" in an industry or "want" from students, then we have to develop a letter of Intent to be approved by the Louisiana Board of Supervisors. Once approved here, it goes to the Louisiana Board of Regents for approval,” Lessiter said. “In the meantime, there are many steps where other institutions within the state can review proposed degree programs and make suggestions on how they could be stronger, or if the program is being offered somewhere else. This is a really simple answer to a complex question.”

Aside from their degree curriculum, students have many opportunities to dive into leadership roles and get involved. Students can get involved with Student Government, the Student Activities Board and much more. Many of the degree programs also have their own student organizations where students can learn more about their chosen field and interact with other students and industry professionals. There are also plans to add more internship opportunities which help students prepare for their field as well.

The Student Success Center, located in the Noel Memorial Library, also provides students with necessary services to help them grow as a student. The center offers tutoring, study tips, academic coaching, and much more. LSUS wants to ensure that every single student has access to the tools they need to be successful.

The Student Success Center is located on the first floor of the Noel Memorial Library. Correll Hammond, Director of the Student Success Center, oversees operations. For more information, please visit: www.lsus.edu

 
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