Overview of the LSU System
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The Louisiana State University System provides teaching, research, extension services, graduate medical education, and health care delivery within a sound structure that takes advantage of coordinated planning and economies of scale among its 10 public institutions.
As a statewide enterprise, the LSU System manages overall budgets exceeding $3.5 billion, centralizes legal services, provides academic oversight, and administers and controls facilities construction. Over the past five years, the LSU System has supervised 315 separate construction projects worth more than $2 billion, ranging in scope from small building repairs to the new, $1.1 billion University Medical Center in New Orleans and the $60 million E. J. Ourso College of Business complex on the Baton Rouge campus.
Rather than standing alone, LSU institutions are part of a network that adds value to each System campus. More importantly, the LSU System broadens the LSU brand and reputation for excellence of the Flagship campus, sharing resources and improving quality across a broad array of campuses statewide by improving education standards, better coordinating degree programs, setting and monitoring targets to improve graduation rates, approving academic promotions, and working to make it easier for community college students to transfer to four-year LSU institutions.
Louisiana State University System institutions provide accessible and inexpensive paths to career-related training for more than 54,000 students. At LSU campuses, great emphasis is placed on undergraduate teaching and world-class research along with the delivery of state-of-the-art health care.
The LSU System acts as an honest broker, encouraging cooperation and collaboration among campuses in dealing with technology-transfer issues, sharing electronic library databases, and adopting a uniform approach to assessing financial performance as well as monitoring student learning.
The LSU System is working to make sure Louisiana taxpayers know campus-by-campus graduation rates and how tuition dollars are being spent. From a system perspective, it all comes down to accountability overseen from the center.
The system speaks with a coordinated voice to legislators, other policy makers and, most of all, to the public, providing genuine help to its institutions.