April 27, 2016                     Volume 4 Issue 4     
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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

Patrick J. Harrington

Joseph C. Rallo
Commissioner of Higher Education

Regents Approves Initiatives to Address Changing Landscape of Higher Education

Baton Rouge, LAToday, the Louisiana Board of Regents approved a series of initiatives which address the current and projected fiscal realities for Louisiana higher education. These initiatives are supported by four guiding principles and seven distinct actions which promote enhanced accountability and efficiency. “Louisiana can no longer sustain a state-supported $1.571 B enterprise (08-09) on $700 M,” said Commissioner Rallo. “These initiatives require no changes in Louisiana’s Constitution or statutes, nor do they involve campus/institutional closures.  We believe that this is a huge step in the right direction.” 
Aligned to the Elevate Louisiana mission, the approved initiatives are guided by the following 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.
The Board will utilize a framework designed around seven 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 plans to further develop the process and timeline along with collaborating with the systems to develop policies that will support this work.  “These initiatives will take time to implement,” said Rallo, “but it serves as the first step towards reshaping Louisiana public higher education to match the new fiscal realities.”  Deputy Commissioner Larry Tremblay added that these actions will ensure that Louisiana public postsecondary education continues to strategically invest in high-quality programs that meet the needs of the students and stakeholders.  “We believe that these efforts will allow our institutions to focus on what they do well and provide an opportunity to strengthen higher education in this state,” said Tremblay.

Board Actions

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

Academic Programs

- Letter of Intent: BS/Entrepreneurship – LSU 

-  New Academic Programs 

  1. GC/Applied Behavior Analysis -- McNeese 
  2. MAT/Elementary Education Gr 1-5 -- SUBR 

- Program Reconfiguration: BS/Kinesiology & Health Promotion – LA Tech

Placement/Admission Updates 
A. AA Policy 2.18, Minimum Requirements for Entry-Level, College-Level Mathematics & English 
B. Supplement to Minimum Admission Standards

Consent Agenda 
- Reauthorization of Transformational Technologies & Cyber Research Center – LSU 
- Program Terminations 

  1. BS/Education and BA/Art Education – LSU 
  2. PBC/Accounting for Financial Analysis and PBC/Human Resources Management -- McNeese 

- Routine Staff Reports 

  1. Staff Approvals 
  2. Progress Reports for Conditionally Approved Programs/Units 
  3. Letters of Intent/Proposals in the Queue

The Board of Regents received an update from the Facilities and Property committee
Consent Agenda:  Small Capital Projects Report

  1. La Tech: Early Childhood Education Center Relocation
  2. La Tech: Shreveport Center Roof Repair
  3. LSU A&M: Annex Building Renovations for Planning, Design, & Construction
  4. LSU A&M: Athletic Administration - Retrofit HVAC Controls
  5. LSU A&M:  CAMD - Replace Cooling Tower
  6. LSU A&M: East Campus Apartments, Buildings 13 & 14-Interior Painting,  Flooring,  and Lighting
  7. LSU A&M: Fire & Emergency Training Institute -Bum Building Addition
  8. LSU A&M: Frey Computing Services Fire Protection System Upgrade
  9. LSU A&M:  Natatorium Roof Repairs  (2015 Storm  Damage)
  10. LSU A&M: PMAC Renovations to the Deumite Room
  11. LSU  A&M:   PMAC (West Mechanical  Room) HVAC  Replacement
  12. LSU A&M: Renovation of Hatcher Hall for Printmaking
  13. LSU A&M: Replacement of Bridge Over Wards Creek - Burden Center
  14. LSU A&M:  West Laville Annex  Roof Replacement
  15. LSU Ag Center:  Irrigation Water Well -North Farm
  16. LSU HSC-NO: Dental Clinic Building -3rd Floor Reception/Waiting Area Renovation
  17. LSU  HSC-NO:   Resource  Center Building 2nd Floor  Lobby Renovations
  18. LSU HSC-NO: School of Nursing/Allied Health Professions Building - Auditorium B Renovations
  19. LSU HSC-NO: School of Nursing/ Allied Health Professions Building - 3RD Floor Atrium and Elevator Lobby Renovations
  20. NSU:   Student Union  Pedestrian Bridge
  21. NSU: Turpin Stadium Seating Replacements
  22. SLCC- Teche Campus: Machine Tool Shop Renovation/Expansion
  23. ULM:   Hemphill  Hall HVAC Renovation
  24. ULM:   Scott Plaza Fountain Re-Design
  25. ULM: Summer 2016 Parking & Paving Project    

- Major Repair Fund Reallocations (Act 27 of 2006 [SUPP A7 2008])

- Board of Regents Facilities Policy Revision

- 3rd Party Project Lease Approvals

  1. ULL: Tier II Athletics Renovation
  2.  ULL: CGI IT Center of Excellence

The Board of Regents received an update from the Legislative committee.

- 2016 Legislative Update

  1. Board of Regents’ Bills
  2. Bills Impacting Board of Regents
  3. Bills Impacting Higher Education 
  4. Bills to Monitor 
The Board of Regents approved the following Sponsored Programs items:
  1. FY 2015-16 Board of Regents Support Fund Award Recommendations
  2. Campus Request for Waiver of Endowed Chair National Search Requirement: University of New Orleans

The Board of Regents approved the following Planning, Research, and Performance items:
Consent Agenda
- R.S. 17:1808 (Licensure)
     1.   Initial Licenses
           a.    Art Institute of Pittsburgh
           b.    Galen College of  Nursing
           c.    Northeastern  University
           d.    University  of Louisville
     2.  License Renewals
          a.    Central  Texas College
          b.    Virginia College,  LLC

-  State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Institution Renewals
  1. Tulane University
  2. University of Louisiana  - Lafayette
  3. University of Louisiana - Monroe 
- SARA Initial Application
         1. Nations University

-  Elevate Louisiana: The New Reality for Higher Education

-  GRAD Act
    A.   3rd Quarter Report  of Board of Regents'  GRAD Act Intervention Policy for SUS
    B.   GRAD Act Schedule (informational item)


April Meeting Highlights

The Board of Regents recognize its outstanding administrative professionals in honor of Administrative Professionals' Day. Pictured from left to right. Commissioner Joseph C. Rallo, Gayla Sanchez, Carla Smith, Kathy Hoyt, Michelle Brandon, Jill Holton, and Regents Board Chair Richard Lipsey.

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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