Strategic Plan

Louisiana State University System
2011-2012 through 2015-2016 Strategic Plan

Vision Statement: Through teaching, research, health care delivery and public service, the Louisiana State University System collectively will enhance the dissemination of knowledge by increasing student access and success, improving the quality of life for citizens of Louisiana.

The LSU System, due to its diverse spread of academic campuses, professional schools, research labs, and agricultural extension services, is Louisiana’s only postsecondary enterprise with a presence in all 64 of the state’s parishes. As an institution, the LSU System, which includes the state’s oldest land-grant university, has a constitutional mandate serve the educational, health care and economic development goals of Louisiana as its principal public university and research institution.

Mission Statement: As a mission, the Louisiana State University System fosters first-class learning, the discovery of innovations and the development of Louisiana’s human capital by applying research and scholarship in advancing intellectual, personal and professional growth.

Through its wide-ranging academic, research and health care institutions, the LSU System is deeply committed to enhancing the lives of students from a diverse range of social, racial, cultural and economic backgrounds by providing accessible and cost-effective education to not only undergraduate and graduate students but also professional school students.

LSU System institutions conduct high-quality research that generates discovery and applied knowledge to advance the public good by propagating technical, social, cultural and economic benefit Louisiana and the nation.

In Graduate Medical Education and patient care, the LSU System provides empathetic and exceptional medical treatments through its hospitals and clinics that form the core of the university’s medical teaching, research, scholarship and service.

In addition, LSU System institutions enrich appreciation for the arts through programs and events that demonstrate the physical and performance skills of individuals and groups in the classroom, on stage, or on the playing field. Just as importantly, the LSU System serves life-long learning through continuing education and post-graduate programs, including wide-ranging agricultural extension outreach efforts and continuing legal education programs.

Philosophy Statement: The LSU System, in attracting and supporting gifted students dedicated to the pursuit of expansive educational experiences, also must recruit and retain talented and diverse faculties known for their manifest distinction and unbending honesty. Our institutions, as catalysts for accelerating change—socially, politically, economically and technologically—must use precious taxpayer financial resources to uphold standards of academic excellence that effectively and efficiently benefit students and the communities we serve.

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