May 20, 2018  
2012-2013 General Catalog 
2012-2013 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Continuing Education

Executive Director

Associate Executive Director

Assistant Executive Director





2148 Pleasant Hall  
MAILING ADDRESS: 1225 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-2500
FAX 225-578-4800


As a leading university provider of educational outreach and engagement, our vision is to help people achieve their goals and improve their quality of life, their organizations, and their communities.


The mission of LSU Continuing Education is to identify, create, and support lifelong learning opportunities through quality programs that are timely, capitalize on university expertise, and address educational needs with both credit and non-credit programs.

LSU Continuing Education serves thousands of registrants each year through a wide variety of credit and non-credit programs. Since 1924, Continuing Education has provided flexible and relevant educational programs to meet the needs of both traditional and nontraditional students whether on the LSU campus or across the globe. Last year, participants in our programs came from every parish in Louisiana, every state in the nation, and 46 countries. From a world-class Management and Leadership Institute to programs designed for lifelong learners of all ages, LSU Continuing Education works to support, promote, and enhance LSU’s Flagship 2020 through both face-to-face and distance delivery methods. All programs offered through Continuing Education follow the criteria for evaluation established by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS). Credit courses are listed on an LSU transcript along with on-campus courses. Many Professional Development courses award Continuing Education Units (CEUs). All courses are taught by LSU faculty or qualified subject matter experts.

To address the changing needs of lifelong learners, Continuing Education programs focus on four main areas: Credit Programs, Professional Development, Pre-College Programs, and Personal Enrichment.

Credit Programs

Continuing Education provides opportunities for nontraditional learners to enroll in LSU college credit courses. Through Independent & Distance Learning, one of the top distance learning programs in the United States, students are able to earn credit for a wide range of credit courses at anytime, anywhere. Independent & Distance Learning serves registrants from every parish in Louisiana, every state in the U.S., and 31 countries.

Independent & Distance Learning

OFFICE 1225 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-2500; 800-234-5046
FAX 225-578-3090

Independent & Distance Learning, one of the largest independent learning programs in the country, offers college credit courses taught by members of the University faculty and qualified instructors. IDL courses attract over 11,000 enrollments annually, from individuals in every state and several countries.

College-level courses are substantially the same in scope and content as those taught on campus. Online, web-enabled, and paper-based correspondence delivery methods are offered. Enrollment in an independent learning course may be made at any time. These courses are of particular interest to college students who are unable to attend campus classes or who need the flexibility of self-paced enrollment. In addition, college-level courses are taken by high school seniors or graduates who want to earn college credit, as well as individuals working independently toward their professional and academic goals.

Further information concerning independent learning courses, requirements, and opportunities may be obtained from the Independent & Distance Bulletin, which is available from the IDL office or at

Professional Development

Serving the needs of working adults, Continuing Education’s Professional Development programs deliver cutting-edge knowledge applicable to today’s workforce, in convenient formats and locations.

The programs are designed to build on the strengths and expertise of the LSU faculty and their academic and research units for the purpose of helping participants become more effective in their professional roles. The vast majority of programs are presented by teams comprised of select LSU faculty and proven professionals from business, industry, academia, and leading consulting firms from across the nation. LSU Professional Development’s programmatic activities increasingly serve as a major vehicle for knowledge and technology transfer.

Computer & Information Technology

OFFICE 1199 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-3313
FAX 225-578-6324

LSU Computer & Information Technology provides non-credit training in computer operating systems, productivity software, programming languages, Web development, computer-aided design (CAD), and networking. Courses feature hands-on instruction in up-to-date computer labs. Customized and on-site training is available.

Expert instructors present an array of technical certification programs for professionals. Each brings an in-depth knowledge of the topic, excellent communication skills, and experience in the real world.

Management and Leadership Institute

OFFICE 1207 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-4316
FAX 225-578-6324

Programs in Continuing Education’s Management and Leadership Institute feature some of the latest research in management and supervisory training, and are backed by Continuing Education’s history of more than forty years of providing professional development in the areas of supervisory effectiveness and organizational leadership.

Recognizing that today’s leaders must be able to manage individual employees as well as the overall business, these programs are a comprehensive, personal, and professional development experience covering a range of management competencies, including public speaking and finance.

Paralegal Studies

PROGRAM MANAGER Charlotte DesHotels
OFFICE 1200 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-6760; 800-256-1530
FAX 225-578-6761

The Paralegal Studies Program is approved by the American Bar Association and is an outgrowth of Continuing Education’s paralegal course offerings begun in 1982. The program offers a non-credit certificate for individuals seeking careers as paralegals. A bachelor’s degree is recommended for admittance to the program, but students with 45 hours of college credit are eligible for admission. The program features evening classes and can be completed in one year. The courses are taught by attorneys, judges, and practicing paralegals.

The Notary Public Preparatory Course is one of the other programs in the paralegal department. There are no entrance requirements to the program and meets once a week for 16 weeks in the evening. It prepares students to take the state notary public exam administered by the Secretary of State’s office.

Pre-College Programs

Pre-College & Youth Non-credit Programs

OFFICE 1225 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-2500
FAX 225-578-4800

Pre-college & Youth Programs conducts numerous programs for young people of pre-college age. Offerings include major summer programs, such as Tiger Challenge, Tiger University, Career Discovery Camps, and various year-round courses such as ACT Prep.

Science & Engineering Fairs

OFFICE Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-1067
FAX 225-578-4800

The Louisiana Science & Engineering Fair and the Region VII Science & Engineering Fair are LSU-based educational programs that provide unique opportunities for public, private, and home school students in grades six through twelve. Through development and presentation of science and engineering projects, students enhance their abilities to make observations; ask questions regarding scientific phenomena; formulate ideas regarding the solution to a program; develop and carefully follow procedures related to finding an answer or solution to a problem; and effectively present their works to society.

Honors High School Credit Programs

OFFICE 1225 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-2500
FAX 225-578-6324

The Honors High School Credit program offers ambitious middle and high school students the chance to earn a unit of honors high school credit in just six weeks during the summer. Excellent, enthusiastic, certified teachers provide instruction on the LSU campus. Courses are offered in math, science and several computer electives.

Personal Enrichment Programs

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU

DIRECTOR Doreen Maxcy
OFFICE 2147 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-6763

The first and only Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Louisiana, OLLI at LSU is a member-directed educational organization for persons 50 years and older. The program has over 1,000 members and last year conducted nearly 150 courses attracting more than 3,300 participants.

OLLI at LSU is one of 117 other institutes located on university and college campuses throughout all 50 states and the District of Colombia. The Osher Foundation funding supports educational programs for people over 50 –many of whom are entering retirement– providing them with the opportunity to re-tool their skills for the future, explore new topics, discuss current events, and actively engage with peers from all walks of life.

Noncredit courses range from Spanish for Travelers and Advanced French, to Backstage at the Symphony and Digital Photography, offered at convenient on- and off-campus locations during the day. Members attend courses as participants and also have opportunities to teach courses and serve on committees. The program is affiliated with The Bernard Osher Foundation.

English Language & Orientation Program

MANAGER Margaret Jo Borland
OFFICE 2156 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-5642
FAX 225-578-4800

The English Language and Orientation Program (ELOP) offers English language training to international students. The goal of the program is to enable international students to master English, to meet academic, professional, or personal goals, and to facilitate their adjustment to the educational, social, and cultural life of the U.S.

Five eight-week basic courses are offered each year delivering a core curriculum of 20 hours per week in reading, grammar, composition, listening, and speaking. Levels are established by placement tests and range from elementary through advanced. Classes are taught by experienced ESL faculty.

Elective classes include TOEFL preparation, conversation, and English for business classes. ELOP students have access to the ELOP computer lab for listening comprehension classes, independent study, and computer learning applications, including TOEFL programs, text support, and pronunciation programs.

Admission to the English Language and Orientation Program neither signifies nor guarantees admission to LSU.

Public Service

DIRECTOR Doreen Maxcy
OFFICE 2149 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-6263
FAX 225-578-4800

In support of LSU’s Flagship Agenda, Continuing Education’s Public Service Office strives to secure alternative funding sources to support new programs. Federal and private funding sources are targeted to initiate programs that meet identified needs and expand the engagement of Continuing Education’s team of professionals to improve the quality of life for Louisiana citizens, their organizations and communities.