May 23, 2018              Volume 6, Issue 5           

Over the past three years, Dr. Rallo has served this board and this state in a stellar manner. We are more than appreciative of his efforts and his guidance.  I want to mention a few highlights of his tenure with us...

Under Dr. Rallo's leadership, the Board of Regents has:

1. Created an aspirational message - Elevate Louisiana:

-working with stakeholders and Deloitte, developed long-term goals for higher education and innovation in the state.

2. Developed a statewide 'footprint' for the Board of Regents:

-integrated LUMCON, LOSFA, LOUIS, LONI and LaCASU under the Board's leadership thereby emphasizing its broad mandate and responsibility for a multitude of critical programs.

3. Emphasized the need to enhance the rigor of high school preparation for career or college:

-developed policies to minimize the need for remediation for high school graduates.

-tightened requirements for faculty to teach dual credit classes to high school students.

4. Initiated the Affordable Learning Initiative to directly benefit college students:

-supported the initiation, development, and implementation of a program to replace expensive textbooks with less costly but still rigorous open source materials.

5. Developed an intentional outreach program to stakeholders throughout the state:

-made multiple, regular and repeated visits around the State to share the Board's message, solicit support from business, community groups and university faculty / leaders on behalf of higher education.

6. Invigorated the forgotten potential of LUMCON as a state-wide research / teaching resource: 

-commissioned a business study, hired a new director and provided the financial resources to allow this singular, maritime resource to become an asset for all the universities in the state.

7. Stemmed the continuous erosion of state funding for higher education:

-served as a visible, vocal and powerful voice for all of higher education, especially when dealing with the legislative and executive branches of state government. 

Those were but a few of his many accomplishments. Dr. Rallo, we thank you for your work. You will be missed. Our state and Louisiana higher education are better because of your work!
- Regent Robert W. Levy, Board Chair 

Higher  Education  Stakeholder Day at the Capitol

Governor John Bel Edwards

Regent Marty J. Chabert, Board Vice Chair, and our 2018-19 Council of Student Body Presidents 

2018 Regular Session Legislative Update

Louisiana's 2018 Regular Legislative Session concluded at 8:53 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018.  Several bills and resolutions affecting Higher Education were passed covering topics ranging from financial aid to campus policy, student data, funding and included study resolutions. 

Although several significant bills were passed by the legislature, the most important issue - the state budget shortfall - remains unsolved.  Therefore, Governor Edwards called a  special session  to consider revenue measures to replace a portion of the temporary taxes that expire June 30th.  This revenue is necessary to address the significant budget challenge facing higher education institutions, TOPS, health care services, and virtually all other areas of state government.

Currently, higher education institutions face a $96 million reduction from the previous year.  TOPS faces a shortfall of $85 million and is therefore funded at 70%.  The special session will convene at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, and must adjourn by midnight on Monday, June 4, 2018.  For a full statement from Dr. Joseph C. Rallo, senior advisor to the Board of Regents, and a high-level summary of the bills that were passed by the legislature during the 2018 Regular Session, click on the button below. 

Commissioner Reed confirmed by Senate

Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, Commissioner of Higher Education
Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, Commissioner of  Higher Education, appeared before the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee for her confirmation hearing on May 14, 2018; and was confirmed on Friday, May 18, 2018.

"When we have strong education and training, we have a strong Louisiana. We don't just think about the (higher education) system we have, but the system we need to have," said Dr. Reed.

Dr. Reed plans to transition to Louisiana from Colorado in June. For more information about Commissioner Reed, visit our website
Spotlight on Sponsored Programs
By Carrie Robison, Deputy Commissioner for Sponsored Programs, Louisiana Board of Regents

The Board of Regents Sponsored Programs section administers grants and endowment matching from both State and Federal sources, providing more than $25 million in annual support to higher education institutions across Louisiana. This funding has a significant impact on the Louisiana economy, generating direct returns - funds flowing into the campuses as an immediate result of BoR investments - of more than $1.75 billion since 1987.  More important, indirect returns - benefits to campuses, faculty, and students - are substantial, including cutting-edge equipment and technology, increases in competitiveness and capacity, recruitment and retention of superior students and faculty, and opportunities to commercialize research results developed in Louisiana. In challenging times for higher education, Sponsored Programs funding has helped campuses keep pace with the rapidly advancing demands of the 21st-century economy.
LaSTEM Advisory Council Meets
By Vernon Dunn, Program Manager, Louisiana Board of Regents Sponsored Programs

The Louisiana STEM (LaSTEM) Advisory Council hosted its monthly meeting on May 16, 2018, in the Thomas Jefferson room of the Claiborne building. 

Dr. Frank Neubrander, director at the LSU Cain Center for STEM Literacy, discussed a STEM Certification pathway at Lee High School. Dr. Neubrander, along with representatives from the Louisiana Department of Education, students, and principals from both Baton Rouge Magnet and Lee High School, stressed the importance of university partnerships and funding for the creation and sustainability of STEM pathways in Louisiana.

Representatives from  Nepris, an online video-conferencing platform connecting industry to classrooms around the country, gave a presentation on its impact and reach in Louisiana. Sabari Raja, co-founder and CEO, and Jim Clor, vice president of sales and marketing, shared collaborative strategies with industry partners and teachers that would enable increased student access to STEM opportunities.

The LaSTEM Advisory Council meeting concluded with a presentation and discussion of a timeline for objective implementation by the High School-Postsecondary Subcommittee Chair, Dr. Lupe Lamadrid. 

The next advisory council meeting that will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. 

For more information on the LaSTEM Council and its initiatives, email

COSBP Orientation

Governor John Bel Edwards and our 2018-19 Council of Student Body Presidents 
Arthur Williams, outgoing COSBP Chair, presented with a plaque from Harold Bouttee, COSBP Advisor, on behalf of the outgoing 2017-18 Council of Student Body Presidents.   
2018-19 Council of Student Body Presidents 
Dr. Joseph C. Rallo, Senior Advisor, Louisiana Board of Regents

COSBP Elections

2018-19 Council of Student Body Presidents 
Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, Commissioner of Louisiana Higher Education 
Regent Robert W. Levy, Board Chair
Regent Marty J. Chabert, Board Vice Chair
Anthony B. Kenney, Jr., Board Member-Elect
Installation of our new  COSBP Executive Board (L to R): Grant Henry (UL System), Secretary, Meagan Crews (LSU System), Vice Chair, Kristen Belanger ( LCTC System), Chair, & Warren Thompson ( SU System), Parliamentarian; Dr. Uma Subramanian administers the oath

Congratulations to the newly elected student board members for all four systems, the Board of Regents and our COSBP Officers.

Louisiana GEAR UP to Host Summer Learning Programs for Students
By Tiera LeBlanc , Field Outreach Services Media Specialist, Louisiana Office of Student 
Financial Assistance

A Program of the
Board of Regents
Louisiana GEAR UP students will spend their summer months learning at LA GEAR UP Summer Learning Programs. The programs, which will be held in six cities across the State of Louisiana, will be hosted by the Louisiana GEAR UP Program in partnership with Central Louisiana Area Health Education Center , Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, and Northwestern State University

During the summer learning programs, the students will attend academic classes, participate in engaging activities, and perform enriching experiments designed to prepare them for the next grade level as well as postsecondary education. In addition, Junior Achievement will be partnering with Louisiana GEAR UP to provide job shadowing experiences for students attending camps in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Here are the dates and descriptions of the Louisiana GEAR UP Summer Learning Programs:
Jayden performed an experiment on acids and bases during Grambling's Spotlight on STEAM Summer Camp last year.
Grambling State University Pathways to College SUCCESS
June 4-8 and June 25-29, 2018; Baton Rouge, LA - Park Forest Middle School
This program will provide students with diverse experience focused on strengthening knowledge of STEAM (Science, Technology Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and expanding important ACT College and Career Readiness skills. In addition, students will participate in sessions and activities designed to develop their cognitive, effective, and psychomotor skills to better prepare them for success in college. At the end of the camp, students will take a campus tour of Grambling State University.
Louisiana GEAR UP campers Courtland and Kingston were both excited to attend the Robotics class at last year's STEAM Summer Camp at Louisiana Tech University.

Louisiana Tech University Demystifying the Computer: A One-Day Build
June 11-12, 2018; Baton Rouge, LA
Students will use a "box of parts" to build an entire computer, install an operating system, and connect the computer to a network of computer built by fellow campers in one day.
Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Healthcare Awareness Camp
June 11-15, 2018; New Iberia, LA - Iberia Parish Career Center
July 16-20, 2018; Lake Charles, LA - F.K. White Middle School
During this camp, students will be introduced to different health careers and health care professionals who represent the fields of primary care, allied health, complimentary medicine, and public health. Students will complete activities focused on blood typing, simulated urine analysis, blood diseases, drugs and toxicology, suturing, and vital sign recording. Additionally, students will be trained on CPR and first aid.
Louisiana Tech University Gaming Activities for Motivating Innovative New Generation (GAMING) for STEAM Careers
June 11-15, 2018; Ruston, LA - Louisiana Tech University
June 18-22, 2018; Baton Rouge, LA - Park Forest Middle School
July 2-6, 2018; Bastrop, LA - Bastrop High School
Students will participate in sessions focused on strengthening STEAM knowledge and developing college and career readiness skills. In addition to the academic sessions, all students will take a campus tour of Louisiana Tech University and visit Louisiana Tech University's SciTEC Center to conduct hands-on robotic and drone activities.
Louisiana Tech University Sports STARS (Striving Together to Achieve Readiness and Success)
June 25-29 and July 9-13, 2018; Ruston, LA - Louisiana Tech University
This camp focuses on academic enrichment, skill development, and career readiness in kinesiology. During the camp, students will be able to explore four career areas in the sports industry: 1) Prevention, Recognition, and Treatment of Sport Injury; 2) Social Media in Sports and Society; 3) Sports Marketing and Event Management; and 4) Strength and Conditioning Assessment and Training. Additionally, students will take a tour of Louisiana Tech University's Athletic Department.
Northwestern State University: Culture, History, Art, and Technology (C.H.A.T.)
July 23-27, 2018; Natchitoches, LA - Northwestern State University
This 5-day summer camp will introduce students to careers and postsecondary education opportunities involving C.H.A.T (Culture, History, Art, and Technology.) During the camp, students will discover how CHAT elements intersect by exploring the architecture, landscape, foods, and historic sites of Natchitoches, which was established in 1714 as the first settlement of the Louisiana Purchase. In addition, students will take a campus tour and visit academic departments around Northwestern State University.
LUMCON 2018 Open House
By Jennifer "Murt" Conover, Associate Director of Education and Outreach & Aquarist 

LUMCON held an open house at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie on  April 21, 2018,  30 years after the very first LUMCON Open House was held.  The DeFelice Marine Center has grown and changed considerably in that time.  Approximately, 1,400 people attended this year's event, many of whom visited the marine center during the first open house in 1988 - including the first Executive Director of LUMCON, Dr. Don Boesch, who traveled from Maryland.
Visitors interacted with the science staff while engaging in hands-on activities designed to highlight the research programs of each of the marine center faculty members.  These activities included flume races, a fish predation simulator, a live-animal touch tank, plant and animal identifications, and an up-close look at deep-sea creatures.  Guests were also treated to tours of the R/V Pelican, airboat rides, story times featuring stories about ocean animals, and a live interactive play about watersheds written and performed by LUMCON staff members.
The 2018 open house allowed the public to see the progress on the renovations to some of LUMCON's research and education spaces.  The newly-renovated cafeteria, library, auditorium, and wet lab facilities were heavily visited areas as the public made their way through the marine center.  

"Open House is always a great day.  These events really allow us to say thank you to all the members of the community that support the marine center and the consortium in a way that is uniquely LUMCON," says Murt Conover, associate director of education and outreach.  

The next open house is tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2021.

May Board Meeting

Regent Sonia A. Perez

Dr. Larry Tremblay, Deputy Commissioner for Planning, Research & Performance & Academic Affairs, and LeAnn Detillier, Assistant Commissioner for Program Administration 
Matt Adams, Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Legislative Affairs
Dr. Sujuan Boutte, Executive Director, LOSFA

The Board of Regents approved the following  Audit items

IPresentation of the Internal Audit Charter by Postlethwaite and Netterville
II. Approval of the Internal Audit Charter
III. Other Business

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

I. Academic Programs 
          A. Letters of Intent 
               1. BS / Accounting - LSUA
               2. BS / Kinesiology - LSUA
               3. Master of Engineering in System Engineering (MESE) - UNO
               4. Master of Music Education (MME) - ULM
               5. MS / Cyber Security & Operations - UNO

            B. Academic Proposals 
               1. AAS / Criminal Justice - LDCC
               2. AAS / Medical Laboratory Technician - FTCC
               3. GC / Business Administration - LA Tech

II. AA 2.22 Revision - Alternate Dual Enrollment Eligibility Instrument 

III. Consent Agenda

           A. Program Changes / Restructuring
               1. AGS - SOWELA
               2. MS & PhD / Leadership & Human Resource Development - LSU

            B. Statewide Master Articulation Matrix, 2018-19
               1. AGS - SOWELA
               2. MS & PhD / Leadership & Human Resource Development - LSU

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

 IV. Other Business
The Board of Regents approved the following Facilities and Property items:

I. Consent Agenda: Small Capital Projects Report 

         A. GSU: Carver Hal Science Lab & Associated Roof Repairs
         B. GSU: Criminal Justice Building Renovations
         C. GSU: School of Nursing Auditorium Renovation
         D. LSU Ag Center: Audubon Sugar Institute Roof Replacement t
         E. LSU A&M: Dodson Hall HVAC Replacement
         F. LSU A&M: Natatorium Toilet Suite Renovations (Budget Increase)
         G. LSU A&M: Open Jet Facility (Old River Model Building) Addition
         H. LSU HSC-NO: Seton Building 2nd Floor Office Renovation
         I.  LSU HSC-S: Medical School Educational Space Renovations Phase II
         J. LSU-S: H&PE Roof Replacement
         K: NSU: New Parking Lot Installation - Watson Library
         L: NSU: New Stadium Seating & Press Box - Track Complex
         M: NSU: Replace / Overlay Caspari Drive 
         N: NSU: Teacher Education Center Elevator Installation
         O: NSU: Turpin Stadium New Elevator Installation
         P: RPCC: Reserve Campus: Roofing & Wall Coating Project
         Q: SELU: University Housing Painting Project 

II. Consent Agenda: 3rd Party Projects Report 

         A. LSU A&M: Renovation and Expansion of Alex Box Batting Cage                        Facility 

III. 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   

The Board of Regents approved the following  Statewide Programs items:

I. Consent Agenda 

          A. Approval of Exceptions 

I. Other Business

The Board of Regents approved the following  Sponsored Programs items:

I. FY 2017-18 Supplemental Endowed Professorships Funding: SOWELA Technical Community College 

II. Consent Agenda 

A. Consolidation fo BoRSF-Matched Endowed Chairs: University of Louisiana at Lafayette

B. Conversion of BoRSF-Matched Endowments

1. Endowed Chairs to Endowed Professorships: LSU and A&M College 
2. Endowed First-Generation Scholarship to Endowed Two-Year Workforce Scholarship: SOWELA Technical Community College

C. Other Business 

1.Board of Regents Support Fund Return on Investment 

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

I. Consent Agenda

A. R.S. 17: 1808 (Licensure)

l. Initial License a. United States University Inc. 
 2. License Renewals 
 a. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University 
 b. Southwest University 
 c. Upper Iowa University

B. State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Institutional Renewals 
 1. Grambling State University 
 2. Louisiana Slate University Eunice 
 3. Louisiana Stale University Shreveport 
 4. Loyola University 
 5. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 

 C. Proprietary Schools Advisory Commission 
 1. Initial Licenses 
 a. A Breath Away, LLC 
 b. Accelerated Dental Assisting Academy (Prairieville) 
 c. Integrated Education Solutions, LLC 
 d. Precision Weld Testing & Training, LLC 

 2. Change of Ownership Application 
 a. Mccann School of Business and Technology 

 3. License Renewals

II. R.S. 17:1808 (Licensure)

A. Initial License
1. Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine 

III. Other Business 

A. Southern Regional Education Board 

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