As indicated previously in Core Requirement 2.4
, the “role, mission, and scope” statement of every public university in the state was re-examined as part of a statewide review of higher education by the Louisiana Board of Regents in 2000 and 2001. The Master Plan for Public Postsecondary Education
was approved by the Regents in spring 2001. The plan contains comprehensive goals and objectives for Louisiana higher education as a whole, as well as an Admissions Criteria Framework intended “…to establish preparation expectations, to facilitate access for success, and to allow for the most efficient use of the state's and the student's resources. This framework assumes that the state's specialized institutions will maintain admissions criteria consistent with professional and instructional expectations. It includes three categories of selective criteria for baccalaureate degree-granting institutions and a category of open admissions for community colleges and the Louisiana Technical College” (page 25). Most Louisiana universities, including Southeastern, will implement the full admission standards described in the Master Plan
in Fall 2005.
The Master Plan document also contains the role, mission, and scope statement of every university. Southeastern's mission statement follows, in part:
The mission of Southeastern Louisiana University is to lead the educational, economic, and cultural development of the southeast region of the state known as the Northshore. The university's educational programs are based on vital and evolving curricula that address emerging regional, national, and international priorities. Southeastern provides credit and non-credit educational experiences that emphasize challenging, relevant course content and innovative, effective delivery systems. Global perspectives are cultivated through programs that offer the opportunity to work and study abroad. Together, Southeastern and the community provide a broad array of cultural activities that complete the total educational experience.
The university promotes student success and retention as well as intellectual and personal growth through a variety of academic, social, vocational, and wellness programs. Southeastern embraces active partnerships that benefit faculty, students, and the region it serves. Collaborative efforts are varied and dynamic; range from local to global; and encompass education, business, industry, and the public sector. Of particular importance are partnerships that directly or indirectly contribute to economic renewal and diversification.
Southeastern was given the opportunity to have considerable input into the formulation of the new mission statement, and many of the key concepts and phrases were taken from the University's strategic plan Vision 2005, which was approved by the University Planning Council in spring 2000.
The Master Plan document indicates that the Board of Regents has scheduled the next review of the Master Plan in the year 2006 (page 29).
Southeastern communicates its mission statement to faculty, staff, student and external constituencies in numerous ways. The mission statement appears in the 2003-2004 General Catalogue (page 38), is easily accessed on Southeastern's website, and appears in the University's employee handbooks (Part I, Section B).