The following Preface to Southeastern's Compliance Certification report provides a broad description of some changes that have taken place at Southeastern that may impact the reviewers' general understandings of the University and the information contained in the Compliance Certification Report and documentation.

In the majority of instances, the members of the Compliance Certification Team cited academic year 2003-2004 as the year of reference when addressing standards, particularly those standards that describe degree programs offered, activities, funding, and statistical information such as student enrollment, etc. In some cases, however, it was important to note in the report organizational and programmatic changes that were in progress and changes that would be in effect at the time of the external review in Fall 2004. In some instances, reviewers looking at historical documentation may note seeming discrepancies between information in the report and in associated documentation such as General Catalogues, Institutional Research and Assessment reports, Louisiana Board of Regents reports, etc. These discrepancies however are the result of changes made over time.

For this reason, this Preface summarizes some of the areas of major change and attempts to clarify any important variations in data or information over time.

  • Changes in the number of degree programs reported
    The Compliance Certification Report, Core Requirement 2.6 provides the number of degree programs at the University in effect in Fall 2003. The number of degree programs quoted in the Requirement is different than reported elsewhere, for instance, in the 2003-2004 General Catalogue which is published well in advance of the academic year; in historical information reports on the Institutional Research and Assessment web site; and in the Degree and Certificate Program Inventory on the Louisiana Board of Regents web site. This is due to several significant sources of change in 2003-2004; the changes include the addition of approved degree programs and the state-mandated redesign of teacher education programs which led to completely new programs, programs being discontinued, and new programs that were initiated as replacements for previous programs.
     
    As stated in Core Requirement 2.6, the University possesses 68 degree programs, 4 at the Associate level, 46 at the Baccalaureate level, and 18 at the Master's level. The programs are listed in the Summary Report.
  • New College of General Studies
    In Spring 2004, the former College of Basic Studies was re-organized to form a new College of General Studies. The Compliance Certification Report reflects this change in a number of narrative responses. However, the change is not reflected in the General Catalogues until 2004-2005. Many reports on the Institutional Research and Assessment web site show statistics for the Department of Transitional Studies and the Junior Division. The Department of Transitional Studies which offered developmental course in English and mathematics was dissolved, and the faculty transferred to the respective Departments of English and Mathematics. The General Studies curricula at both the Associate and Baccalaureate levels were transferred from the College of Arts and Sciences to the new Department of General Studies which also houses the student success courses formerly in the Junior Division. Some of the academic support units that were previously in the College of Basic Studies, such as the Career and Academic Planning Center and Student Enhancement Services, are now in the College of General Studies.

  • Changes in admissions policies
    Beginning in 1997, the Louisiana schools of higher education began a statewide dialogue on the restructuring of postsecondary education. Initiated by the Louisiana Board of Regents and ultimately approved by the state legislature in 2001, Master Plan 2005 established four tiers for higher education institutions. Southeastern was placed in Tier III, which would have moderately selective admission standards. Louisiana State University, the state's flagship research university, was to be placed in Tier I, and several schools with numerous graduate programs at the doctoral level would be placed in Tier II. Tier IV would be reserved for the state's community colleges which would have open admissions.
     
    Until Fall 2000, Southeastern Louisiana University was required by its management boards to be an open admissions university. Students who had a high school diploma or the GED equivalent were permitted to enroll. Students were required to present ACT scores but the scores were not used to make admissions decisions. In AY 1998-1999, the University decided in anticipation of Master Plan 2005 that the University would slowly begin implementation of modest admission standards in order to prepare for the mandated Fall 2005 implementation of the Master Plan. Thus in Fall 2000, the University required that beginning and transfer freshmen meet the following admission standards:
     
    • ACT Composite score of 20 or higher
      OR
    • High School Rank in the Upper 50% of graduating class
      OR
    • High School GPA of 2.0 on a 17 ½ unit core set of courses
      The following core set of courses is used in calculating the unweighted high school GPA for students who do not meet ONE of the first two criteria from above:

      English
      4 units in English I, II, III, and IV
      Mathematics
      3 units in Algebra I and any two additional units recommended from Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Calculus, or Advanced Math
      Science
      3 units in Biology, Chemistry, Physics preferred
      Social Studies
      3 units in American History and two additional units in Social Studies
      Electives
      4 ½ units recommended from foreign language, social studies, science, mathematics, speech, fine arts, and computer literacy. No more than 3 elective units may be in vocational subjects.

    These are the admission standards reflected in the 2003-2004 Catalogue . For Fall 2004 freshmen, the University decided to implement a second component of the Master Plan 2005 standards. Freshmen for Fall 2004 were not admitted if they required two developmental (remedial) courses. And in Fall 2005, one more component will be added to fully implement Master Plan 2005 standards; students applying for admission as beginning or transfer freshmen must have completed what is termed the “Regents Core,” a set of 16.5 units of college preparatory level courses that include English, mathematics, science, social studies, fine arts, foreign language, and computer applications.
     
  • AASCB name change
    The American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) changed its name in 2001 to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (also known as AACSB). The Louisiana Board of Regents accreditation reports still reflect the previous name. Southeastern's documentation on the most recent AASCB accreditation and the most current catalogue reflects the new name.
     
  • Academic Honesty policy changed to Academic Integrity policy
    In Spring 2004, the policy previously titled Academic Honesty and described in the 2003-2004 General Catalogue was revised and re-titled the Academic Integrity policy. The new policy appears in the Faculty Handbook and in the 2004-2005 General Catalogue.
     
  • Reorganization of Student Affairs
    Effective July 1, 2004, Auxiliary Services (Campus Dining, ID Card Operations, Student Housing, Bookstore, Textbook Rental, etc.) began reporting to the Vice President for Administration and Finance rather than the Vice President for Student Affairs. In addition, the Office of Public Information began reporting to the Students Affairs division, and Dr. Brad O'Hara's title was changed to Vice President for Student and Public Affairs. The new organizational structure is reflected in the organizational chart in the Employee Handbooks.
     
  • Changes to the Master's degree in Nursing
    The Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing program (ICMSN) was designed as a cooperative venture among the nursing units at Southeastern Louisiana University, McNeese State University, Southern University-Baton Rouge, and the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. The ICMSN is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The consortium structure allowed students to enroll in courses at any one of the participating universities and receive credit toward their master's degrees. Students could select the campus they wished to attend based on the major(s) and role concentration(s) offered and the campus most convenient to their living and working arrangements. Southeastern Louisiana University offered a major in Community Psychosocial Nursing, McNeese State University offered a major in Adult Health Nursing, the University of Louisiana, Lafayette offered a major in High-Risk Home Health Nursing, and Southern University offered a major in Family Health Nursing.
     
    In 2003-2004 the governing body of the ICMSN assessed the graduate curricula offered through the consortium. As a result of that assessment, changes to the program were submitted to and approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents. Southeastern, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and McNeese now offer a unified curriculum in Adult Health, Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Nursing Education, and Nursing Administration. Home Health Nursing and Community Psychosocial Nursing will be phased out over the coming year. Students may elect any concentration and be enrolled at the institution of their choice as the home institution. The Consortium will still operate much as it did previously, utilizing a structured model of shared governance, resources, and curricula.
     
    The Louisiana State Board of Nursing will review and approve the new arrangement on September 15th. Currently, the 2004-2005 General Catalogue and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences web site describes the previous consortium arrangement. However, by the time of the external review, the web site will reflect the new ICMSN and the new degree concentrations.

 

 

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