March 21, 2018              Volume 6, Issue 3            

Commissioner Search Update

The Louisiana Board of Regents announced yesterday the following finalists* for the position of Commissioner of Higher Education:

 Robert Donley, Ed.D. (Northeastern University, MA), Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Board of Regents Iowa (5/2008-8/2017)

 Kim Hunter Reed, Ph.D. (Southern University and A&M College, LA), Executive Director, Colorado Department of Higher Education

 Paul D. Turman, Ph.D.   (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE), System Vice President for Academic Affairs, South Dakota Board of Regents
"The Board of Regents is excited to learn more about the candidates for this position," said Regents' Chair Robert W. Levy.  "We believe these individuals are extremely qualified to move forward the work of elevating higher education in Louisiana including advocating for stable funding and working toward educational attainment and access." 
An update on the Commissioner's Search will be given at the next Board of Regents meeting Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Stakeholder interviews will be held on April 16-17, 2018, followed by interviews with the Board of Regents at the April 18 meeting. The Louisiana Board of Regents plans to name the next Commissioner of Higher Education during the April 18, 2018, board meeting. 
Additional information about the search is available at:

Dr. Cathy Sandeen has subsequently withdrawn her application for the position. 

LaSTEM Launches Official Website 

The official site for LaSTEM is an online resource for  STEM (Science,Technology Engineering Mathematics education. It contains a wealth of information, ranging from experiential programs and STEM schools to the latest news and developments in the STEM Workforce.  It is your one-stop shop to everything STEM in Louisiana!  To view the website, click on the image below.

About LaSTEM
The Louisiana Science,TechnologyEngineering &  Mathematics Advisory Council (LaSTEM) was created by Louisiana State Senator Sharon Hewitt in the 2017 Legislative Session, and is Chaired by the Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education, Dr. Joseph C. Rallo. Under the auspices of the Board of Regents, the Council is tasked to coordinate and oversee the creation, delivery, and promotion of STEM education programs, to increase student interest and achievement in the fields of STEM, to ensure the alignment of education, economic development, industry, and workforce needs, and to increase the number of women who graduate from a postsecondary institution with a STEM degree or credential.
79th Annual Conference of Louisiana Colleges & Universities

The 79th Annual Conference of Louisiana Colleges & Universities (CLCU) was held March 8, 2018, at Southeastern Louisiana University(SLU). This year's conference focused on Louisiana's colleges and universities' challenges and opportunities. The CLCU was established with the purpose of improving postsecondary education in Louisiana. It serves as a communications medium for all institutions of higher education in the State and other constituents. The CLCU is comprised of representatives from Louisiana's accredited two-year and four-year colleges and universities, as well as members of the Louisiana Board of Regents and the management boards for each system.

For a recap of the 79th Annual Conference of Louisiana Colleges & Universities, click on the following link:


LAWHE Re-Launch and Annual Conference

The Louisiana Association of Women in Higher Education (LAWHE) Re-Launch and Annual Conference, in conjunction with the Conference of Louisiana Colleges and Universities (CLCU), was held on March 7, 2018, at Southeastern Louisiana University. LAWHE, chaired by Dr. Lisa S. Vosper, Associate Commissioner for Workforce Education & Training, is a professional development and networking gathering for women in Louisiana's higher education community. The purpose of the conference was to provide a forum with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education.

2018 Louisiana ACT Symposium

The Louisiana ACT Council hosted the ACT Pre-Symposium, a College and Career Readiness awards and networking program, at the Louisiana Governor's Mansion. Louisiana's 2017-18 ACT College and Career Readiness Champions were recognized; and Louisiana's First Lady, Donna Edwards, was the keynote speaker at the reception. For more information on ACT, visit

BoRSF Spotlight
By Carrie Robison,  Deputy Commissioner for Sponsored Programs, Louisiana Board of Regents

Research teams at LSU A&M, in partnership with Southern A&M, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette have each received a three-year NASA EPSCoR Research award totaling $750,000 in federal funding, matched with an equal amount from the Board of Regents Support Fund. NASA recently moved to a two-year review cycle, meaning that although eligible states could submit up to two proposals, the chances of receiving more than one award would be slim. Louisiana proved the exception to the rule, competing at the highest level and receiving the maximum support for which it was eligible. These successes add to our extraordinary record of NASA research support, totaling more than $17 million in federal funding, and $30 million including Support Fund match.
Louisiana's Achieving a Better Life Experience 
Press Conference

The  Louisiana Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) hosted a press conference February 26, 2018, at the Louisiana State Capitol to bring awareness to the LA ABLE account program. LA ABLE 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

"I never thought I would see the day that I could save for my future," said Ashley Volion, first LA ABLE account holder. "I wanted to be self-sufficient and not have my family members have to care for me. This opens new doors for me to be able to look toward the future and take care of myself."
Faculty Experiences on Teaching with OER: A Webinar Celebrating Open Education Week 2018
By Jaime Barrileaux, LOUIS Web and Communications Program manager

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) hosted an exciting webinar on open educational resources (OER) during 
Open Education Week 2018 last month.

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

The webinar is now available on the Affordable Learning LOUISiana website at

Our next webinar, "Simplifying Affordable Resources for Faculty", will be held on April 4, 2018 at 2:00 PM CDT. Laurie Phillips and Elizabeth Kelly, Loyola University New Orleans, will discuss how Monroe Library is encouraging faculty to adopt affordable course materials. Learn more and register at
The 2018 Louisiana GEAR UP Conference: Providing Louisiana GEAR UP Students with College and Career Readiness
By Tiera LeBlanc , Field Outreach Services Media Specialist,  Louisiana Office of Student 
Financial Assistance

A Program of the Board of Regents
"The conference is very informational, and it has a very good balance. You can learn about each aspect of moving forward into your future. There were things that we learned about the financial aspects as well as career information. We were able to see the world in a different light by learning about our futures," Chloe Woods, a Louisiana GEAR UP student at McKinley Middle Magnet School, recounts of her experience at the 2018 Louisiana GEAR UP Conference.

Genesis Stewart and Chloe Woods pose after attending the 2018 Louisiana GEAR UP Conference.

Chloe was one of the 351 Louisiana GEAR UP students who attended the conference from March 9-11, 2018 at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center. The conference theme was "Today's Effort, Tomorrow's Success: Excel. Prove. Mobilize," and the conference was supported by business and industry representatives as well as postsecondary partners from LCTCS, the LSU system, the LAICU system, the UL system, and the Southern University system. It focused on providing students with the tools and resources to excel so that they may experience success in the future. To receive these tools and resources, the students participated in sessions and activities centered around academic preparation and college and career readiness.

Lyndra Smith, the Senior Accountant Administrator LOSFA of Field Outreach Services, speaks to students about the education, skills, and abilities required to work in accounting.

Sessions and activities included the College and Career Fair, Financial Facts, Chopped: Louisiana GEAR UP Edition, Rip the Career Runway, and the World of Dentistry. Another notable activity that the students participated in was the Career Speed Networking. During Career Speed Networking, the students rotated through the conference ballroom to learn about careers from real-life professionals in engineering, business, cosmetology, photography, medicine, technology, and law enforcement. While networking with the professionals, the students received knowledge about the professions, information on the required training and education, and the recommended skills and abilities needed to succeed in the careers and future.
In partnership with 16 school districts, LA GEAR UP aims to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. 

By Jennifer "Murt" Conover, Associate Director of Education and Outreach & Aquarist, LUMCON: Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

A Program of the Board of Regents
LUMCON hosted OCEANDOTCOMM at the DeFelice Marine Center from March 15 - 20, 2018.  This event brought together 40 talented science communicators that use online social media outlets to communicate science-related information.  OCEANDOTCOMM is designed to be a collaborative, social media, storytelling event that focuses on one central theme.  This year that theme was "Coastal Optimism."  

The goals of the event were to produce narratives about common themes, establish a new standard in how science and the environment can be communicated through social media, provide a testing ground for innovation in online science communication, and to build lasting relationships between scientists, science communicators, and community leaders/members through an immersive experience on the Louisiana coast.  Participants spent four days meeting people, going out on coastal field trips, and visiting culturally important sites to complete projects centered on the theme.  To help the participants tell stories, they interviewed and interacted with community members, scientists within many disciplines, and community leaders. 

To see one of the total 26 projects that were done during this event you can visit  Projects will be highlighted on LUMCON social media accounts as they become available.

In other news, "Marine lab has 'front row seat' to Louisiana coastal loss," check it out >
March Board Meeting 

Regents Board Chair, Robert W. Levy, shares an update on the search process for the next Commissioner of Higher Education 

John Broussard, Chief Investment Officer, Louisiana Department of the Treasury, joins Dr. Sujuan Boutte, Executive Director, LOSFA and the Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority (LATTA) Committee as Dr. Boutte provides an overview of L ATTA
Dr. Larry Tremblay, Deputy Commissioner for Planning, Research & Academic Affairs & LeAnn Detillier, Assistant Commissioner for Program Administration - Planning, Research & Performance Committee 

Sponsored Programs Board Development

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

I.  Academic Programs
     A. Letter of Intent
               1. MS/Computer Information Systems - NSU
      B. Academic Proposals
                1. AAS/Industrial Electrical Technology - Sowela TCC
                2. AAS/Information Technology & AS/Computer Science - La Delta CC
                3. BS/Public Health - LSUHSC-NO
                4. PBC/Strategic Corporate Communication - McNeese
                5. PhD/Energy and Earth Sciences - ULL
  II. Consent Agenda 
          A. Previously Approved Centers and Institutes 
                1. Reauthorization of the NIMSAT Institute - ULL
                2. Suspension of the LA Vaccine Center - LSUHSC-NO
           B. Routine Staff Reports 
                1.Staff Approvals
                2.Progress Reports for Conditionally Approved Programs/Units
                3.Letters of Intent/Proposals in the Queue
 III. Other Business

The Board of Regents approved the following Finance items:

I. Review and Acceptance of the FY 2018-19 Preliminary Funding Recommendation

II. Other Business
The Board of Regents approved the following Legislative items:

I. 2018 Regular Session Update
          A. Bills Directly Impacting Board of Regents and Higher Education
          B. Bills Being Monitored
II. Other Business

The Board of Regents approved the following Statewide Programs items:

I. Consent Agenda 
          A. Publication of Final Rule - Add Korean as a Foreign Language equivalent
          B. Approval of Exceptions
II. Other Business

The Board of Regents approved the following Sponsored Programs items:

I. Consent Agenda
          A. Appointment of Endowed Chairholder without National Search:                                 University of New Orleans 

II. Other Business

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. Art Institute of Pittsburgh
                   b. National University
                   c.Relay Graduate School of Education
                   d. San Joaquin Valley College
                   e. Virginia College

           B. State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Institutional 
                1. Louisiana  State University Alexandria
                2. Nations University

           C. Proprietary Schools Advisory Commission
                1. Initial Licenses 
                   a. Pilut Healthcare Training Institute 
                   b. Precision Development Center 

                2. AOS Application
                   a. Academy of Interactive Entertainment 
                3. License Renewals
  II. State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
            A. Initial Applications 
                1. Southern University and A&M College 
                2. Southwest University 
 III. Other Business
            A. Louisiana Online 

The Board of Regents approved the following Search items:

I. Update of the Search Process 
II. Other Business
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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