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The institution's continuing education, outreach, and service programs are consistent with the institution's mission.



Southeastern is in compliance with Educational Programs Comprehensive Standard 3.4.2.



Consistent with Southeastern's mission to lead the educational, economic, and cultural development of Southeast Louisiana, the Division of Continuing Education meets the needs of traditional and non-traditional students in our Northshore service region by:
  • providing greater access to academic offerings through off-campus and distance-delivered courses, and
  • developing and delivering non-credit programs that contribute to educational, economic, and cultural development in the region.
Additionally, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies reach out to the surrounding community and special populations through educational partnerships and collaborative agreements with area high schools and through a variety of academic support programs and special initiatives for current and future students.

The Division of Continuing Education and Special Activities
The Division of Continuing Education and Special Activities was established by the University in 1974 in recognition of the need to centralize all “special activities” under one administrative unit. At Southeastern, the main functions of Continuing Education and Special Activities are the coordination of all non-credit courses and special activities both on and off campus and the coordination of off-campus and electronically delivered credit courses. Credit and non-credit activities are announced each semester, and all continuing education programs and special activities are publicized in local newspapers and on the division's web site.

Table 1
Off-Campus and Distance Education Delivered Courses
Academic Year 2003-2004

Delivery Method

Number of Sections

100% Internet


At least 50% Internet


Compressed Video


Telecourses – Public Broadcasting




Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

  • Internet Courses
    As the primary delivery mechanism for internet courses, Southeastern utilizes Blackboard, a software program that allows instructors to create, deliver, and manage web-based components for on- and off-campus courses. It can be used to add online elements to traditional courses or to develop online courses with few or no face-to-face meetings.
  • Telecourses
    Telecourse offerings are limited to those telecourses that are available through the Public Broadcasting System in Southeastern's service area. Telecourses carry academic credit and are offered through the appropriate Academic Department, coordinated by Continuing Education. Universities that offer college credit telecourses through Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) are required to pay a per-student licensing fee to LPB. In order to cover this additional cost each student who enrolls in a telecourse is assessed the fee plus regular tuition.
  • Compressed Video Classes
    Southeastern now has 5 compressed video rooms on the main campus, two rooms at the Nursing Center in Baton Rouge, and one room in St Tammany. Four of the rooms are "Multi point" rooms, capable of conferencing multiple sites simultaneously. Instructors can originate from all sites on campus, and one site each in BR and St Tammany. Southeastern utilizes Video over IP, ISDN, and T-1 connections to deliver the classes. The equipment includes the latest state of the art Polycom Codecs, and large 27- or 32-inch monitors. Selection of sources including multiple document cameras and PC video output, is accomplished via AMX touch panel controllers.
    Signals for two satellite downlink sites for C, KU and Digital reception can be disseminated through the Teacher Education Center and the University Center rooms.
  • Off Campus Courses
    Off-campus courses are primarily for college credit and are offered in cooperation with the University's academic colleges. These courses are available at off-campus locations where there is sufficient demand for a particular course. Southeastern Louisiana University will make available selected academic offerings (provided there is sufficient enrollment) in any of the following parishes: Livingston, St. Helena, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, and east of the Mississippi River in Jefferson and St. Charles Parishes.
  • Non-Credit Programs
    Non-credit programs, including short courses, conferences, institutes, seminars, workshops, and special training programs are also available through Continuing Education and Special Activities. These programs, offered on and off campus, may be designed to meet the needs of public, industrial, or civic organizations, governmental agencies, or any group which may share a common interest. Instructors for the non-credit programs are from the Southeastern faculty and/or qualified professionals outside of the University community. Students completing designated non-credit programs will receive Continuing Education Units (CEU's), the nationally adopted unit awarded in recognition of the completion of non-credit educational programs.

The Southeastern Channel
The Southeastern Channel (Channel 18), the University's official television channel, provides a valuable educational asset for the citizens of Southeast Louisiana as well as for the students of Southeastern. The educational channel demonstrates Southeastern's commitment to education, to its students, and to the entire Southeast Louisiana region. The channel works hand in hand with the Department of Communication to help advance student opportunities in the field of television production. The channel's main mission is to help lead the educational, economic, and cultural development of our region.

Technology and Computing Services
There are over forty separate computer labs on and off campus for support of the students, faculty, and staff. The equipment in these labs ranges from multi-media super PCs, printers and scanners, to CD players. Open labs, available to all students and majors, are located in the North Campus Main Building, Fayard Hall, and the Library. One of the open labs in Fayard Hall is available 24 hours a day, six days a week. A listing of all technology resources can be found on the Office of Technology website.

Off-campus access to Southeastern's computer resources is provided by a modem network, which gives users text based connections to the computing system. The users may also use other ISPs to access the network. A wide area network T1 line in Baton Rouge and Covington provides Internet and network connectivity for users in these areas. Through the use of compressed video, the University is also connected to any other campus in the state included in the Board of Regents Video Network.

The College of Arts and Sciences
The High School Cooperative Agreement is a program offered by the College of Arts and Sciences to students in area high schools whose ACT scores indicate they would have required developmental courses upon entry to Southeastern. In a partnership agreement, high school courses are offered to prepare students to meet developmental course requirements before entering college. The courses offered are Transition to College Algebra and Transition to College Writing. Final portfolios are assessed by faculty in the Mathematics and English departments to determine if the requirement has been met. There are no fees for students taking these courses in high school.

The College of General Studies
The College of General Studies administers the General Studies degree programs and also provides outreach, preparation, and support for success in post-secondary study. The College promotes outreach, transition, and retention. The College houses federal outreach grants, which include Math/Science Upward Bound, Upward Bound Livingston/St. Helena, Upward Bound Tangipahoa, Talent Search, TRIO Dissemination, and Education Opportunity Center. Post-secondary support divisions are the Career and Academic Planning Center (CAP Center), Student Enhancement Services, Student Support Services and Veterans Upward Bound.

  • TRIO and GEAR UP
    The TRIO and GEAR UP programs are designed and implemented to promote the educational and cultural preparation, development, and advancement of diverse populations to assist in academic success for junior high, secondary, and post secondary students. Pre-college preparation, assistance in post-secondary enrollment, and services that enhance academic and non-academic student success are included in the comprehensive array of services available for student involvement. Collectively, the TRIO programs serve approximately four thousand participants annually.
    The TRIO Dissemination Partnership program works with partnering institutions on their campuses to implement the best practices of Student Support Services, Veterans Upward Bound, and Educational Opportunity Center. TRIO Dissemination trains faculty and staff to provide tutoring, financial aid assistance, and supplemental instruction to their students. This program collaborates and partners with Delgado Community College, Baton Rouge Community College, Louisiana Technical College at Bogalusa, and Louisiana Technical College at Hammond.
    GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federal early intervention program designed to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to complete a post-secondary education. Students participate in a rigorous academic curriculum taught by master teachers and receive information about post-secondary options, financial aid, and college admission to foster a systemic change in student preparation for post-secondary studies. GEAR UP requires partnerships among colleges and universities, schools, and outside organizations, which focus on systemic change.
  • Upward Bound Programs
    The Classic Upward Bound program provides the academic strength, skills, and motivation in high school students to ensure success in post-secondary education. On Saturdays and during a six-week on-campus summer program, participants receive instruction in literature, composition, foreign language, mathematics, and science. High School juniors and seniors can earn college credit while working with the program.
    Math & Science Upward Bound provides a center to offer a mathematics and science curriculum to sixty high school students in a five-state area for the purpose of preparing them to enroll in high school mathematics and science courses, and upon graduation, to enroll in a post-secondary institution in a math/science curriculum. These students participate throughout the academic year through internet-based assignments and attend a six-week summer residential program where college professors mentor and guide their learning and research. Participants earn college credit while they are juniors and seniors in high school.
    Veterans Upward Bound provides veterans with assistance and services to obtain the skills and motivation necessary to pursue a program of post-secondary education. Academic and career assessment, academic instruction and tutoring, enrollment and admission services, and other enrichment activities are provided to veterans at both the main campus and at a satellite campus in Baton Rouge.
  • Educational Talent Search Program
    The Educational Talent Search Program assists students in persisting with and completing secondary school, as well as enrolling in a post-secondary educational program. Academic and social needs of high school juniors and seniors are addressed by offering academic tutoring, LEAP remediation, and workshops in the areas of financial aid, personal and career counseling, ACT testing, enrollment, and essential life skills.
  • Educational Opportunity Center
    The Educational Opportunity Center targets adult citizens 19 and older by providing educational preparation through tutoring, workshops, and pre/post-testing for entrance into institutions of higher education. Other services include career exploration and financial aid assistance.
  • Student Support Services
    Student Support Services provides academic support for first-generation and low-income students enrolled at Southeastern to increase their retention and graduation rates. Services include tutoring, academic and non-academic workshops, financial aid, career exploratory assistance, supplemental instruction, and cultural experiences.



Division of Continuing Education and Special Activities

Blackboard at Southeastern

Internet Courses, Spring 2004

Spring 2004 Telecourses

Compressed Video Courses, Spring 2004

Off Campus Courses, Spring 2004

Non Credit Courses, Spring 2004

The Southeastern Channel

Office of Technology, Technology Resources

High School Cooperative Agreement

College of General Studies



Upward Bound

Math & Science Upward Bound

Veterans Upward Bound

Educational Talent Search Program

Educational Opportunity Center

Student Support Services


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