Southeastern's Mission and Goals

The mission of Southeastern is to lead the educational, economic and cultural development of southeast Louisiana. In order to do this, Southeastern has developed Vision 2005, strategic priorities directed towards Southeastern's mission and core values.
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Southeastern's Accrediting Agencies and Institutional Memberships

Southeastern is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate, Baccalaureate, and Master's degrees.

The University is a member of and is fully accredited by the:

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (Baccalaureate level)
  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (Baccalaureate level)
  • American Chemical Society (Baccalaureate level)
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Master's level)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (Baccalaureate and Master's level)
  • Council for Social Work Education (Baccalaureate level)
  • Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training (CAAHEP) (Baccalaureate level)
  • National Association of Industrial Technology (Associate and Baccalaureate level)
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (Baccalaureate level)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (Baccalaureate and Master's level)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (Baccalaureate and Master's level)
  • National League for Nursing (Baccalaureate and Master's level)
  • SOPHE/AAHE Baccalaureate Programs Approval Committee (SABPAC) (Baccalaureate level)

Southeastern Louisiana University is a member of the following organizations:

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Association of College for Nursing
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • American Association of University Administrators
  • American Association of University Women
  • American College Health Association
  • American College Personnel Association
  • American Council on Education
  • American Family and Consumer Sciences Association
  • Association for Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
  • Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
  • Association to Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business-International
  • Conference of Louisiana Colleges and Universities
  • Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing
  • Council of Southern Graduate Schools
  • Gulf Regional Interstate Collegiate Consortium
  • International Technology Education Association
  • Louisiana Academy of Sciences
  • National Association for Business Teacher Education
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture
  • National Association of College Auxiliary Services
  • National Association of College Stores
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
  • National Collegiate Athletics Association
  • National Commission on Accreditation
  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
  • Southern Business Administration Association
  • Southwestern Business Administration Association

Southeastern's Family

Southeastern Louisiana University is a diverse family of students from over 30 states and over 50 foreign countries. Southeastern faculty and staff are dedicated to student success, and take the extra step to guide them along in their academic journeys. Our professors mirror the success we want students to achieve -- the majority of them hold the highest degree in their field, and faculty, not graduate students teach 99% of our classes!

To learn more about Southeastern's faculty and staff, click here for Southeastern's Best of the Best.


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Southeastern's History

Southeastern Louisiana University began as a grass roots movement by the people of Hammond and the surrounding area, who recognized the need for an institution of higher education in order to further the educational, economic, and cultural development of southeast Louisiana. What began as a junior college supported by local taxes has developed into a major university. Southeastern has grown to meet the evolving needs of southeast Louisiana and the Florida parishes, with a campus area that now covers approximately 1,141 acres.

  • On September 14, 1925, Hammond Junior College began to operate under the auspices of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board, with its President, Linus A. Sims, a faculty of three women, two men and forty students. The two-year coeducational institution offered basic undergraduate work in arts and sciences that culminated in a teaching certificate.
  • In 1928, Hammond Junior College became Southeastern Louisiana College, and formally adopted into the state educational system under the control of the State Board of Education.
  • In 1937, the State Board of Education authorized curricula for several four-year programs.
  • In 1938, an amendment to the 1920 Louisiana Constitution granted Southeastern Louisiana College the same legal status as other four-year colleges.
  • After WW II, returning G.I.s caused exponential growth of the college, necessitating intense expansion of the size of campus and number of buildings to accommodate the tremendous growing momentum.
  • In 1946. Southeastern was formally approved and accepted into full membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), as a four-year degree-granting institution.
  • In 1960, the State Board authorized Southeastern to offer master's degrees
  • On June 16, 1970, Governor John J. McKeithen signed into law the legislative act turning Southeastern Louisiana College into Southeastern Louisiana University.

As Southeastern celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2000, Southeastern implemented screened admissions standards for the first time. Since then Southeastern has received full approval from the Board of Regents for several additional graduate degree programs. In fall 2003 Southeastern topped its highest record of enrollment ever, with 15,662 students.

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