February 21, 2018              Volume 6, Issue 2            

2018 Louisiana Board of Regents Campus Safety Conference

A group of over 200 higher education stakeholders convened at Pennington Biomedical Research Center yesterday for the Board of Regents' inaugural Campus Safety Conference.  

Following an opening by Commissioner Joseph C. Rallo and a welcome from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, several national experts presented their experiences and shared best practices.
The workshop was a natural outgrowth of the Board of Regents' efforts to coordinate active shooter response, sexual violence prevention, hazing elimination and other issues of common relevance to institutions.  Recognizing there are issues that are direct threats to safe campuses, not only in Louisiana but across the nation, Regents planned the conference with the goal to increase dialog around those complex and loaded topics. 

          A Safe Campus is a Great Campus!

Dr. Joseph C. Rallo
Commissioner of Higher Education
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards
Steven J. Healy, Founder & CEO, 
Margolis Healy & Associates, LLC

2018 #LaSAFE Campus Safety Conferenc

Installation of Regent Collis Temple, III
The Board of Regents swore in Regent Collis Temple as Board Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. 

Dr. Uma Subramanian,  Deputy Commissioner for Legal and External Affairs, administers the oath of office to Regent Collis Temple, III

Regent Collis Temple
Collis Temple, III of Baton Rouge, is a National Sales Director and agency owner with Primerica, an international financial services marketing organization.
Prior to joining Primerica and pursuing his own dreams of business ownership, Collis was a student-athlete playing basketball at LSU. While at LSU he earned an Undergraduate Degree in General Business in three years, then completed a Masters in Sports Management, before beginning the pursuit of his Doctorate in Educational Leadership. According to LSU's Sports Information Department, Collis is believed to be the first Division I student athlete to complete an undergraduate degree, Master's degree, and began the pursuit of a Doctorate while still eligible to play athletics.

Mr. Temple serves as the representative of the 6th  Congressional District, and his term expires on December 31, 2020.

Board of Regents' Committee Meetings

"I want to give kudos to the Board of Regents for their work and accomplishments today on Act 619." - Senator Sharon Hewitt, Louisiana State Senate, District 1
Dr. Sujuan Boutte, Executive Director, Louisiana Office of Student Financial Aid - Statewide Programs Committee
Carrie Robison, Deputy Commissioner for Sponsored Programs - Sponsored Programs Committee

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BoRSF 2017-18 Endowment Competitions
By Carrie Robison, Deputy Commissioner for Sponsored Programs, Louisiana Board of Regents

The Board of Regents Support Fund's 2017-18 endowments competitions are ongoing, with proposals received on February 1 across three subprograms. The Board has received an extremely large number of match requests, including 11 in Endowed Chairs, 24 in Two-Year Workforce Scholarships, and 54 in Superior Graduate Student Scholarships. Requests total $12.26 million, approximately four times the $3.17 million projected in the FY 2017-18 Plan and Budget to be available for these initiatives; graduate student scholarships are in highest demand, with approximately $4.5 million - five times - more requested than matching funds estimated to be available. Out-of-state reviewers have been selected and will be evaluating proposals during February and March. External funding recommendations will be released to the campuses in early April and brought to the Board of Regents for consideration on April 25. 

Louisiana's Achieving a Better Life Experience hosts press conference 

The Louisiana Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Account Program allows individuals and families to save private funds to support persons with disabilities in endeavors to maintain health, independence, and quality of life. To find out more information on LA ABLE, visit  www.able.osfa.la.gov

Faculty Experiences on Teaching with OER: A Webinar Celebrating Open Education Week 2018
By  Jaime K. Barrilleaux, LOUIS Web and Communications Program Manager, LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network

A Program of the 
Board of Regents
As part of the Board of Regents Affordable Learning Louisiana plan, LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network and CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois) have joined together to bring an exciting webinar on open educational resources (OER) to you during Open Education Week 2018. Join the two consortia for a panel presentation on the faculty perspective on Open Educational Resources on Tuesday, March 6th from 11:00 am to noon.

The webinar will feature special guest speaker Lisa Petrides from the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) as the moderator.  The panelists include Esteban D. Araya (Western Illinois University), Kelly Black (College of Lake County), Francesca Mellieon-Williams (Southern University), and Mollye Russel (Baton Rouge Community College).

This webinar is perfect for administrators, faculty, and staff interested in learning more about how open education resources can be incorporated into their courses.
Discussion points for the panelists include:
  • What prompted your shift from traditional course materials to open resources/open textbook?
  • What has that process entailed? Is it ongoing?
  • What has been the reaction of your students thus far?
  • Has your school/department provided any type of incentives for you to make this shift to OER? Disincentives?
  • Do you feel that using open resources has any specific impact on your career, such as improvement in teaching practice, being able to use any part of this experience towards tenure and promotion, etc.?
Space is limited, so register at https://louislibraries.org/alearningla/oeweek-webinar to reserve your spot today!

About Open Education Week
Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its goal is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.  Learn more about OEWeek at https://www.openeducationweek.org/ .

More information about LOUIS is available on its website, at http://www.louislibraries.org/

More information about CARLI is available on its website, at https://www.carli.illinois.edu/

The Board of Regents approved the following Planning, Research and Performance items:
I. Consent Agenda
     A. R.S. 17:1808 (Licensure)
          1. License Renewals
               a. Alliant International University
               b. Chicago School of Professional Psychology
               c. Lamar Institute of Technology
      B. State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Institutional  
           1. Louisiana State University 
           2. Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport
           3. McNeese State University
           4. Northwestern State University
           5. University of Holy Cross
      C. Proprietary Schools Advisory Commission
          1. Initial Licenses
                a. Carter's Career Center, LLC
                b. Louisiana Dental Institute, LLC
           2. License Renewals
II. Board of Regents Uniform Policy on the Prevention of Unplanned Pregnancies (in Compliance with Act 321 of 2017)
III. Appointment to Board of Regents' Proprietary Schools Advisory Commission
IV. Draft Action Items and Budget for Implementation of Affordable Learning (ALL) Plan
V. Update on Implementation of Act 619 of 2016
VI. Other Business
     A. Update on Dual Enrollment

The Board of Regents approved the following Sponsored Programs items:
I. BoRSF Faculty Endowment Programs: Vacancy Rate Policy and Annual Calculations
II. Consent Agenda
     A. Appointment of Endowed Chairholder without National Search: LSU
          Health Sciences Center - New Orleans 
     B. Conversion of Matched Endowed Professorships to Endowed Superior
          Graduate Student Scholarship: Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady
III. Other Business
     A. Update: FY 2017-18 BoRSF Competitions

The Board of Regents approved the following Statewide Programs items:
I. Consent Agenda
     A. Publication of Final Rule - Technical Corrections to the Scholarship and
          Grant Program Administrative Rules
     B. Approval of Exceptions
II. Other Business

The Board of Regents approved the following Facilities and Property items:
I. Consent Agenda: Small Capital Projects Report
     A. La Tech: Lambright Intramural Sports Center Modifications
     B. LSU HSC-S: Medical School Educational Space Renovations Phase II
     C. ULM: University Suites Canopy Replacement
     D. UNO: Engineering Building Elevator Modifications
II. Consent Agenda: 3rd Party Projects 
    A. ULM: Malone Treatment Room Project
III. Other Business

The Board of Regents approved the following Academic and Student Affairs items:
I. Academic Programs
     A. Letters of Intent
          1. BFA / Dance - NSU
          2. OTD / Occupational Therapy - ULM
II. Consent Agenda
     A. Reauthorization of a Previously Approved Institute:
          1. Institute for Coastal Ecology & Engineering (ICEE) - ULL
     B. Routine Staff Reports
          2. Staff Approvals
          3. Progress Reports for Conditionally Approved Programs / Units
          4. Letters of Intent / Proposals in the Queue
III. Other Business

The Board of Regents approved the following Audit items:
I. Selection of an Audit Firm
II. Other Business
The Council of Student Body Presidents Takes Action 

T he Council of Student Body Presidents (COSBP) met with Governor John Bel Edwards at the Louisiana Governor's Mansion Thursday, February 8, 2018, to discuss issues that directly impact higher education and their respective campuses. The students' concerns regarding higher education funding, TOPS, federal policies, and even faculty and staff wage increases at their institutions, were addressed by Governor Edwards. Following the meeting, the Council of Student Body Presidents issued a resolution to address the State's higher education budget issues. A copy of that resolution can be accessed here: 

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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