The Strategic Planning and Student Success Division is responsible for coordinating and updating the Board of Regent’s (BoR) Master Plan, including the development of policy, resources, and initiatives to support Master Plan goals. The division also shares responsibility for many statewide and federal reporting requirements, responding to legislative requests and resolutions, and fulfilling data requests from a wide range of stakeholders. The section oversees the registration and licensure of non-academic proprietary schools in Louisiana, as well as statewide workforce and education planning.
Master Plan for Higher Education
Article VIII of Louisiana’s Constitution authorizes the Board of Regents (BoR) to develop a master plan for higher education in Louisiana. This Master Plan provides a broad vision for the State’s higher education system and acknowledges its interdependence with the economy and its many contributions towards better lives for Louisiana’s citizenry. The actions outlined in this Plan are guided by the reality that Louisiana must raise the educational attainment of its adult citizens if it is to compete successfully in the 21st century world economy. The Plan also addresses the need to strategically invest in targeted research to sustain and expand the State’s economic development. Finally, increased accountability is a common thread which undergirds every element of this 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.
To review the complete Master Plan, click here:
- Previous Master Plans (1972-2011)
Master Plan Annual Reviews
- Master Plan for Public Postsecondary Education: 2011 – Revised April, 2012
- First Annual Review of the Master Plan for Public Postsecondary Education: August, 2012
- Second Annual Review of the Master Plan for Public Postsecondary Education: August, 2013
- Third Annual Review of the Master Plan for Public Postsecondary Education: August 2014
- Fourth Annual Review of the Master Plan for Public Postsecondary Education – August 2015
The Louisiana Center Addressing Substance Use in Collegiate Communities (LaCASU) office provides outreach and support to Louisiana’s institutions of higher education to aid in reducing the negative consequences of substance use. Through the Louisiana Higher Education Coalition (LaHEC), a project funded by the Louisiana Department of Health — Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), we facilitate a statewide coalition of over 35 institutions of higher education across Louisiana, including four-year institutions, two-year institutions, community colleges, and technical community colleges.
The Board of Regents submits and/or publishes more than 15 legislative reports throughout the year, including the Master Plan Status Report, the LASTEM Advisory Council Report, the HBCU Advisory Council Report, the Louisiana Postsecondary Inclusive Education Report, and more.
Student Success Council
The Student Success Council was established to research, implement, and recommend strategies that will accelerate student success to reach the Master Plan goals. A wide range of expertise will be leveraged to implement at scale high-impact, student-centered practices focused on improving postsecondary access and completion.
Consistent with the Council framework introduced to the Board on January 6, 2020, the SSC is convened by Board staff regularly and is charged to help identify trends, obstacles, and solutions that will inform policies and practices to achieve attainment goals. It will evaluate progress toward Master Plan objectives and guide to accelerate attainment/completion. The stated objectives of the Council include identifying barriers to postsecondary credential completion, determining best practices for scale implementation, developing strategies to close equity gaps, and researching and recommending policy solutions to improve service to students.
Health Works Commission
The purpose of the Health Works Commission is to serve as a collaborative working group to integrate and coordinate resources relative to healthcare workforce development within various state departments and key organizations.
Teacher Education Initiatives
The Board of Regents serves as the authorizing body for post-secondary schools operating in Louisiana that are not part of Louisiana State System Schools. This includes occupational and trade schools, defined as Proprietary Schools and Degree-Granting schools, both those that offer Academic Degrees and Religious Degrees.
Data and Policies
- Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
- Financial Aid Data System (FADS)
- Retention/Transfer/Exit Reports
- Inventory of Degree and Certificate Programs
- National Information Center for Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis (Created by NCHEMS)
- NCES The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
- Southern Association for Institutional Research (SAIR)
- SREB Data Exchange
- Statewide Completers System
- Statewide Student Profile System
- Student Credit Hour Production Data
- Teacher Preparation Report (2022)
- Teacher Preparation Data Dashboards and Fact Books (2014-2021)
|Dr. Susannah F. Craig
|Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Student Success
|Dr. Lisa Smith Vosper
|Associate Commissioner for Workforce Education & Training
|Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Student Success
|Dr. Allison Smith
|Assistant Commissioner for Student Health and Wellness
|Program Administrator, Teacher & Leadership Initiatives
|Program Administrator, Proprietary Schools
|Director of Procurement Services & Proprietary School Program Specialist
|Program Coordinator, Teacher/Leadership and STEM/Cybersecurity Initiatives
|Program Coordinator for Strategic Planning and Student Success
|Program Manager for Student Health and Wellness
|Dr. Michelle DeMeulenaere
|Program Manager, Early Childhood Initiatives
|Policy Advisor, Strategic Planning and Student Success
|Assistant Program Manager, Proprietary Schools
|Assistant Program Manager, Proprietary Schools
|Dr. Lupe Lamadrid
|Senior Policy Analyst
|Program Coordinator, Power-Based Violence Compliance
|Administrative Assistant (part-time)
|Executive Assistant/Program Coordinator