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LSU Alexandria Remains Committed to All Cenla Learners

Released: 02/13/2007

Since it became a four-year degree-granting university in 2003, LSU Alexandria understood the possibility of creating an education gap when selective admissions were implemented in fall 2007. In attempts to significantly reduce this gap, LSUA began working in 2005 to find a solution most beneficial to central Louisiana and Louisiana in general. The agreement currently being finalized between LSUA and LSU Eunice reflects this resolution.

“LSU Alexandria remains committed to students who cannot meet the new admissions requirements,” said Dr. Thomas Armstrong, vice chancellor of academic affairs. “Our work with LSU Eunice is not something that started overnight. We’ve been working for some time on working out this plan.”

In August of 2005, LSU Alexandria and LSU Eunice chancellors entered into a collaborative agreement to address providing access to higher education in Central Louisiana. The plan currently being agreed upon says LSUE will, through programs and classes on the LSUA campus, provide the remedial education and general education courses to students who cannot enroll at LSUA because of the new selective admissions standards. Once students complete these remedial courses, they will seamlessly begin pursuing their bachelor’s or associate degree as LSUA students.

Through the LSUE/LSUA collaboration, therefore, central Louisiana residents will still have access to community college services at community college prices, said Dr. Robert Cavanaugh, chancellor.

“This approach is more cost-effective, more efficient and educationally sound than bringing in another community college to central Louisiana,” Cavanaugh said. “Our goal is to help lessen the burden on both existing institutions and on the always limited financial resources available for higher education in our state, and at the same time provide access to those individuals who do not meet the new requirements.”

LSUE students taking classes at LSUA would have access not only to quality education but also to the full range of on-campus student support services that are vital to ensuring a successful education, such as complete library services, student housing, multiple computer labs, advising, counseling, student organizations and athletics.

“When a student, any student, comes here, he or she will be getting a full and rich college experience — inside and outside of the classroom — at community college prices,” Cavanaugh added.

LSUA also has no plans to discontinue any of its associate degree programs or certificate programs currently offered, Armstrong said.

The selective admissions requirements effective this fall do not affect potential students who are 25 years of age and older.

Selective admissions requirements effective fall 2007 for people under 25 are as follows: 1. Complete the Regent’s high school core curriculum 2. Need no more than one remedial course. This is based on ACT Scores. 3. Meet ONE of the following three additional requirements: 1. High school GPA of 2.0 or greater 2. ACT composite of 20 or greater 3. High school graduation rank in top 50 percent of class

Individuals under 25 interested in attending LSUA but do not meet the requirements should enroll in just one course this summer to be exempt from these selective admissions criteria.

Anyone interested in attending LSUA who is 25 and older can enroll under open admissions requirements previously followed.

“We will continue to cater to adult learners, who make up about half of our student population,” Cavanaugh said.

For more information about selective admissions, contact LSUA Admissions at 473-6417.