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The Future Looks Bright for LSUS Doctoral Program

June 12, 2014

Shreveport, LA- Louisiana State University Shreveport is proud to announce that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) approved LSUS to become a SACSCOC Level V institution.  Since its opening in 1967, LSUS has gradually transitioned from a two-year commuter college to a four-year comprehensive urban university offering undergraduate and graduate programs to meet the higher education needs of the Shreveport-Bossier Metro area.  Now as a Level V institution, LSUS can offer doctoral degree programs; beginning with the Department of Education's Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership Studies, which has just successfully completed its first semester of courses. 

  "This doctoral program in Leadership Studies opens exciting new possibilities for the future of our region," said John S. Vassar, Interim Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs.   "Our students will do more than acquire new skills and expertise to help their own interests.  This program equips them as leaders so that they can in turn transform our Northwest Louisiana community through their leadership."     This Ed.D. program allows LSU Shreveport to offer the highest level of instruction in the field of education.  The 63 credit hour program is designed to focus on leadership skills that can be applied to a business, government, non-profit, or educational setting. It includes instruction in organizational planning, dynamics of leadership, finance, team building, conflict resolution and mediation, communication and other management skills.  "This degree will give current leaders an opportunity to fine-tune their current leadership skills-grounding them in leadership theory and research-while preparing them to advance in their current careers or transition to new careers in education, health, nonprofit administration, business, and over venues of public service." said Dr. Iris Johnson, Program Director of the Leadership Studies Doctoral Program.   LSU Shreveport hopes that the Level V change approval is one of many positive things to happen for the university in the near future.   "LSU Shreveport achieving Level V accreditation is an incredibly important, valuable achievement for both the university and the region," said LSU Shreveport Chancellor, Larry Clark.  "Our new Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership Studies is a highly innovative, responsive new program. We look forward to, over time, being able to establishing a select number of additional innovative doctoral programs to better serve this region."      Louisiana State University in Shreveport is a public university proudly serving the Shreveport-Bossier educational community with 25 undergraduate degree programs and 12 master's degree programs, and over 70 student organizations.  LSUS is a member of the LSU System, and provides a number of centers and institutes that serve as valuable economic development and educational resources to the community, as well as to our students. To find out more about LSUS, call 318-797-5000, or visit   ###

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