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2015

Big News on Campus: Accreditation by SACS Commission on Colleges is Affirmed

December 15, 2015

LSUS Earns Accreditation for Another 10 Years from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Rare approval "without recommendations or suggestions" made at SACSCOC annual meeting in Houston

Following years of rigorous self-study and intensive scrutiny, LSU Shreveport has earned accreditation for another 10 years from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The approval came earlier this month in Houston, Texas, as SACSCOC began its annual meeting.

"Not only was the accreditation reaffirmed, but it was approved 'without recommendations or suggestions,' " said LSUS Chancellor Larry Clark. "It is a rare thing-and quite a compliment to our educational programs-that there were no recommendations or suggestions for future improvements before final accreditation. This is a testament to the great teamwork of our faculty and staff and to the quality of LSUS offerings."

Chancellor Clark and John S. Vassar, LSUS provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, were in Houston for the announcement and annual meeting. The approval follows an earlier SACS action in the spring of 2014 when LSUS was upgraded to a Level V institution, allowing the university to offer the Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies and up to two more doctoral programs. "That also was approved without recommendations or suggestions," Vassar said.  "What is particularly distinctive is that we were affirmed once for the level change and once for the reaffirmation of accreditation in successive years." Vassar said it is exciting to be a part of an organization so focused on student success in quality programs. "There is a special story going on at the LSU Shreveport campus and this external review is a strong validation of that story," he said.

The accreditation process for a Level V institution involves 91 standards and the development of a unique education enhancement program. It involves a review of every facet of university quality from rigor of programs, to excellence of faculty, to state of the physical facilities.

LSUS's reaffirmation of accreditation news follows a number of positive events and rankings for the campus. Expanding programs in healthcare, business and graphic design led the way to an increased growth of 8.4 percent in enrollment for the fall semester and included the largest freshman class in three years.

LSUS launched a new online MBA and doctoral program in leadership studies, a milestone over a decade in the making. This past year LSUS had six newly endowed professorships and announced the upcoming addition of a Student Success Center on campus.

In October LSUS and Southern University Shreveport-Bossier signed a joint agreement that will make it easier for health-field graduates of SUSLA to complete a bachelor's degree at LSUS. A similar joint program exists with Bossier Parish Community College and other joint agreements are pending, including another one with SUSLA, one with LSU A&M, and another with LSU Health Shreveport.

In early November, national accreditation for the joint Public Health Program at LSU Shreveport and LSU Health Shreveport underscored the quality of that program for students and itself concluded a lengthy and challenging process for faculty and staff. The Council on Education for Public Health announced the accreditation of the Masters in Public Health program, which is offered through a collaboration between LSUS campus and LSUHS. 

A wealth of LSUS rankings have been issued by various organizations and publications in recent weeks. Among them:

            -- The Economist magazine, in its first-ever ranking of colleges and universities, chose LSUS as the highest ranked public institution in Louisiana for doing the most for its graduates' pay packets.

            --The U.S. Department of Education named LSUS the top university in Louisiana for the lowest average annual cost.             --Affordable Colleges listed LSUS among the Top 50 most affordable public schools for out-of-state students.

            -- Affordable Colleges Online ranked LSUS No. 4 in the nation for its online Master of Business Administration program.

            --TheBestSchools.org listed LSUS's online Master of Healthcare Administration in its article "The 25 Best Online Master of Healthcare Administration Degree Programs."  

           --Top Education Degrees listed LSUS in its Top 20 most affordable online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction programs.

            LSUS has 25 undergraduate degree programs, 13 master's degree programs and a Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies. There are more than 70 clubs and organizations as well as an athletic program that has quickly become one of the top NAIA programs in the country.

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Media Contact: Lynn Stewart, 318-797-5108, or Lynn.Stewart@lsus.edu