August 24, 2016                     Volume 4 Issue 6     
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Regents Members

Richard A. Lipsey

Edward D. Markle
Vice Chair

Joseph P. Farr

Claudia H. Adley

Raymond J. Brandt

Marty J. Chabert

Joel E. Dupré

William H. Fenstermaker

Chris D. Gorman

Thomas G. Henning

Robert W. Levy

Roy O. Martin

W. Gray Stream

Collis B. Temple III

Joseph C. Wiley

Benson T. Kinney

Joseph C. Rallo
Commissioner of Higher Education

LA Board of Regents makes progress to Elevate Louisiana!

Receives updates on new and proposed policies to strengthen public higher education

The Louisiana Board of Regents received updates on proposed policies relative to Elevate Louisiana: The New Reality for Higher Education. Today, the board discussed next steps on the review of undergraduate programs, guidelines for institutional mergers or consolidations, development of a financial health analysis, and received an update on the Elevate Louisiana timeline.
Elevate Louisiana was adopted by the Board of Regents, during the December 2015 meeting, to address the changing landscape of public higher education. This initiative serves as the foundation for the future direction of Louisiana higher education. Elevate Louisiana is supported by two very specific goals- Educate and Innovate.

Aligned to the Elevate Louisiana mission, the Board also approved a series of strategic priorities which address the current and projected fiscal realities for Louisiana higher education. These priorities are supported by four guiding principles and seven distinct actions, with several initiatives discussed during today’s meeting.
Guiding Principles:  
  1. Access to undergraduate education is essential to the population and economy of Louisiana.
  2. Access to graduate education must be re-evaluated from a narrower state-wide perspective.
  3. Resources must be provided for essential cutting-edge research at selected sites.
  4. Postsecondary resources must be targeted to respond to local/regional workforce needs.
Higher Education Initiatives:
  1. Approve, as appropriate, revisions to existing role, scope and mission statements.
  2. Develop and Adopt a Policy on mergers/consolidations of institutions.
  3. Develop and Adopt a Policy on Financial Early Warning Systems and Financial Stress.
  4. Revise Regents’ Policy on Low-Completer Review to Elevate the Threshold for Review.
  5. Conduct a Statewide and Regional Review of all Graduate programs.
  6. Conduct a Statewide and Regional Review of Targeted Undergraduate Programs.
  7. Review Degree Program Requirements and Available Courses to Encourage/Reward Structured Pathways to Degrees with Limited Course Choice.

“The Board of Regents will continue its work of focusing on the current realities of Louisiana public higher education through the actions outlined in Elevate Louisiana,” said Commissioner Rallo.  “Another important component of the Elevate Louisiana strategy is our response to Act 619 of the 2016 Regular Session, by Senator Sharon Hewitt, which calls for a comprehensive analysis of public higher education.  We believe that all of this work will help us develop a revised Master Plan, along with significant policies to realign and improve public higher education in Louisiana.”
Documents discussed during today’s meeting can be accessed using the Planning, Research and Performance and Elevate LA-Financial Health Analysis links located on the following webpage:

Drs. Adell Brown and Bill Richardson present collaborative efforts
between Southern and LSU AgCenters during today’s board meeting.

Dr. Craig McClain is officially introduced to the Board as the new Director of LUMCON.

Board Actions

The Board of Regents approved the following Statewide Programs Committee items:
  • Amend Sections 703 and 1930 of the Scholarship Program Rules which authorizes the Executive Director of LOSFA to publish notice of the emergency rules, and authorizes the Executive Director to publish notice of intent to make these rules permanent.
  • Requests of five students with exceptions to certain TOPS Regulatory Provisions. 

The Board of Regents approved the following Academic & Student Affairs items:

New Academic Programs- Conditional Approval:

  • AAS in Helicopter Aviation (CIP 49.0102)- South Louisiana Community College
  • BS in Applied Microbiology (CIP 26.0502)- Northwestern State University
New Academic Programs – Approval
  • PBC - Accounting Technology (CIP 49.0102)- UL Monroe
  • GC - Orientation & Mobility and GC - Rehabilitation Teaching for the Blind-(CIP 26.0502)-  Louisiana Tech
Approval to forward the following institutions’ applications to the Governor with an endorsement as having met requirements to receive the continued (or initial) designation of Governor’s Military & Veteran Friendly Campus:
  1. Baton Rouge CC
  2. Bossier Parish CC
  3. Central LA TCC
  4. Delgado CC
  5. Fletcher TCC
  6. LA Delta CC
  7. Northshore TCC
  8. NW LA TC
  9. Nunez CC
  10. River Parishes CC
  11. South Central LA TC
  12. South LA CC
  13. Sowela TCC
  15. Grambling
  16. LA Tech
  17. McNeese
  18. Nicholls
  19. Northwestern
  20. Southeastern
  21. UL, Lafayette
  22. UL, Monroe
  23. UNO
  24. SUSLA (Initial)
Consent Agenda 
  • Continued Approval -- Horace C. Hearne, Jr. Institute for Theoretical Physics,  LSU
  • Academic Administrative Reorganization -- SUBR
  • Routine Staff Reports (Staff Approvals, and Letters of Intent/Proposals in the Queue)

The Board of Regents approved the following Sponsored Programs items:

Sponsored Programs Policy Revision: BoRSF Planning Committee Membership 

Consent Agenda:
  • Appointment of Endowed Chair without National Search: Tulane University Health Sciences Center
  • Conversion of Three Matched Endowed Chairs to Endowed Professorships:  Louisiana State University and A&M College
  • Removal of Chair from FY 2015-16 Vacancy Rate Calculation:  University of Louisiana at Monroe

The Board of Regents approved the following Planning, Research, and Performance items:

Consent Agenda:
Proprietary Schools Advisory Commission
Initial Licenses
  • Marine Services Group of Louisiana, LLC
  • Universal Technical Institute of Northern Texas, LLC
Change of Ownership Application
  • Aspire Medical Training Academy
License Renewals

State Authorization Reciprocal Agreement (SARA) Institution Renewal
  • Our Lady of the Lake College
State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
  • Institutional Application
    • Southern University- Shreveport
  • 4th Quarter Report of BoR GRAD Act Intervention Policy for SUSLA and SUS
  • Report and Recommendations of the Grad Act Review Panel and Recommendation to Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget JLCB
  • GRAD Act Remediation Plan for SUBR and SULC and Improvement Plan for SU System
  • GRAD Act Remediation Plan for BRCC and Improvement Plan for LCTCS system (Information item- no action required)
Elevate Louisiana: The New Reality for Higher Education
  • Financial Health Analysis- The Board of Regents approved a recommendation to place institutions in poor fiscal health (with a composite score of 1.75 or below on the financial health analysis) be placed on financial notice immediately and corrective action be put forth by next meeting. 
  • Guiding Principles for Proposed Mergers or Consolidations (Information item- no action required)
  • Elevate Louisiana Timeline and Action Items (Information item- no action required)

August Meeting Highlights

Senator Sharon Hewitt discusses Act 619 of the 2016 Regular Session with the Board of Regents members.
About Regents
The Board of Regents, a state agency created by the 1974 Louisiana Constitution, coordinates all public higher education in Louisiana. The Board of Regents believes that a robust public postsecondary education system is critical in order to enhance Louisiana's social and economic environment. Through statewide academic planning and review, budgeting and performance funding, research, and accountability, Regents strives to ensure that all students have access to high-quality educational opportunities.
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