New degree, certificate programs proposed for LSU-Shreveport
With support from the LSU flagship campus in Baton Rouge, the LSU System Work Group on Organization and Collaboration is proposing the creation of up to two-dozen new degree and certificate programs at LSU-Shreveport. The degrees could be available to LSUS students as early as this fall. The Baton Rouge campus is partnering with LSUS to offer jointly six new degree programs in Shreveport, including petroleum engineering and construction management, sports administration and international studies. The LSU System says, "No significant additional state funding would be requested under the plan," adding that new programs would be rolled out over an 18-month period and "supported primarily with self-generated funds such as tuition." If any extra funding were needed, system work group officials say, the university will ask for donations from businesses in the Shreveport/Bossier City area. A number of the proposed new academic programs would be provided mostly online. High school dual enrollment courses also would be offered. LSUS currently offers 38 degree and one certificate program to its roughly 4,100 students. Board of Regents approval is not needed for programs extended from the flagship campus, but other elements of the plan will be submitted for approval over the next year and a half, officials say. The LSU Board of Supervisors could be asked to approve some segments of the proposal at its April 27 meeting. More details and a copy of the LSU Shreveport Commitment Plan are available online here.
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