Postsecondary Inclusive Education Advisory Council

During the 2022 legislative session, the legislature approved ACT 682 to establish an advisory council to advise the board regarding inclusive programs and methods to fund and expand inclusive programs in the state. The council shall oversee:

      • The creation, operation, and expansion of inclusive programs.
      • Technical assistance in creating or expanding inclusive programs.
      • Dissemination of information on inclusive programs in Louisiana to students with intellectual or developmental disabilities and the parent or guardian of the students.

2022 PSIE report

Advisory Council Members

Dr. Gerlinde BeckersDirector, Lions ConnectedSoutheastern Louisiana University
Dr. Mary Breaud Associate Professor of EducationNicholls State University
Dr. Kim Hunter ReedCommissioner of Higher EducationLouisiana Board of Regents
Brittany SodenDirector, SPERO ProgramLSU Alexandria
Dr. Dan BureauAssistant Vice President for Student Health & WellbeingLSU and A&M College
President Dennis J. ShieldsPresident-ChancellorSouthern University System
Dr. Jeannine KahnProvost and Vice President for Academic AffairsUniversity of Louisiana System
Dr. Willie SmithChancellorBaton Rouge Community College
Amy DeavilleExecutive DirectorLouisiana Developmental Disabilities Council
Melisa BayhamDirectorLouisiana Rehabilitation Services
Gerald "Mitch" DillonAlumnus of an Inclusive Program
Johnny ManelaParent of a Student who graduated from an Inclusive Program
Katherine Granier Acting SuperintendentLouisiana Special School District

The Master Plan

To move Louisiana aggressively forward, the Board of Regents has embraced a robust new attainment goal that calls for 60% of all working-age adults (ages 25-64) in Louisiana to hold a degree or high-value credential by 2030. As we stand on the brink of a new decade, this Master Plan, born of the Board of Regents’ unique charge to guide postsecondary education across the state, will set the foundation to increase opportunity.  Our Talent Imperative is to Educate, Innovate, and Collaborate.

Master Plan for Higher Education