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LSUS offers first doctoral degree

May 22, 2013

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership Studies

Shreveport, LA-- Louisiana State University in Shreveport is proud to announce the Department of Education will be offering a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership Studies.  This Ed.D. program will be the first of its kind to be offered on the Shreveport campus, allowing LSU Shreveport to offer the highest level of instruction in the field of education. 

"This is very exciting news for the Shreveport community, and is the biggest academic news at LSUS since our first graduate program was offered in 1978," said John S. Vassar, Interim Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  The news came Wednesday afternoon on May 22, following a Louisiana Board of Regents meeting, where they approved the program.

The 63 credit hour program is designed to focus on leadership skills that can be applied to a business, government, non-profit, or educational setting. It includes instruction in organizational planning, dynamics of leadership, finance, team building, conflict resolution and mediation, communication and other management skills.  "This degree will give area educators and other organizational leaders an opportunity to obtain an advanced practice degree that can equip them to develop and sustain best practices while building the capacity of others," said Dr. Ruth Ray Jackson, Chair of the Department of Education.

In order to offer a doctoral degree, LSU Shreveport will file the appropriate paperwork with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) for a SACSCOC Level V institution.  Students interested in the degree can enroll in classes beginning in the Spring 2014 semester, pending SACSCOC Accreditation level change approval.

The program seeks to provide an integrated learning experience that assures participants gain a knowledge base in order to function as leaders in a variety of organizations. Graduates of this program will be able to apply the knowledge gained in useful ways, and they will obtain skills that allow them to attack new problems and challenges. The Ed.D. in Leadership Studies will concentrate on developing leaders who can move forward with a vision for transforming organizations as well as those who can address change as a dynamic rather than a static condition.  Because of this broad focus on core leadership skills, the degree will be a valuable asset for a leader in any educational, non-profit, or business setting.

A wide range of the community attended the Board of Regents meeting on behalf of the proposed program.   "The Board of Regent's decision today represents an important mile-stone in the development of higher education in Northwest Louisiana" said Dr. William Jenkins, Interim President of the LSU System.  "We are proud to work closely with the Shreveport-Bossier City communities to offer this doctoral degree in the important area of Leadership Studies.  I would especially like to thank Chairman Rasberry and Commissioner Purcell at the Board of Regents.  Their considerable efforts were essential to completing this process."  The approval of the program is the result of dedicated work by a wide range of community groups and leaders in the Shreveport-Bossier area. 

The community support for the program has been significant and it highlights the importance of this type of program being offered in the Ark-LA-Tex.  "It is imperative that public and private organizations and institutions have access to a pool of skilled individuals who possess the knowledge, disposition, and vision to lead and to facilitate organizational transformation in a rapidly changing social milieu," said Dr. Paul Sisson, Interim Chancellor.  "In putting forth this program, we realize that those who provide leadership for any enterprise are required to possess a full understanding of the elements of leadership that will enhance the operation of the enterprise, and that they will have an understanding of those elements in any setting."  

Louisiana State University in Shreveport is a public university proudly serving the Shreveport-Bossier educational community with 26 undergraduate degree programs and 13 master's degree programs, and over 70 student organizations.  LSUS is a member of the LSU System, and provides a number of centers and institutes that serve as valuable economic development and educational resources to the community, as well as to our students. To find out more about LSUS, call 318-797-5000, or visit www.lsus.edu.

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