Vice President for LSU Online & Continuing Education
OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT: 2148 Pleasant Hall
MAILING ADDRESS: 1225 Pleasant Hall
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 non-traditional students, whether on the LSU campus or across the globe. Last year, participants in our programs came from most parishes in Louisiana, every state in the nation, and 59 countries. From a world-class Management & Leadership Institute to programs designed for lifelong learners of all ages, LSU Continuing Education works to support, promote, and enhance LSU’s Strategic Plan 2025 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). Undergraduate courses are offered through distance learning for college credit. Many Professional Development courses award Continuing Education Units (CEUs). All courses are taught by LSU faculty or qualified subject matter experts.
To address the diverse needs of lifelong learners, Continuing Education programs focus on four main areas: Distance Learning Programs, Professional Development, Pre-College Programs, and Community Programs.
Distance Learning Programs
Through Distance Learning Programs, non-traditional learners can enroll in and earn credit for a wide range of LSU undergraduate courses, regardless of the learner’s location. Distance Learning courses serve more than 4000 registrants annually from all over Louisiana, the U.S., and the world.
College-level distance learning courses are substantially the same in scope and content as those taught on campus, and are taught by members of the university faculty and qualified instructors. All courses are online, and no classroom attendance is required. Enrollment in a distance learning course may be made at any time, and students do not have to seek admission to the university. 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 professional and academic goals.
LSU Professional Development includes non-credit programs offering open enrollment courses, certificates, custom training, and online courses designed to increase skills and knowledge of individuals working in business, industry, government, and professional organizations. Course areas include: business and management; computer and information technology, safety management; paralegal studies; and online courses.
Instructors include LSU faculty, industry experts, and practitioners who specialize in content areas and provide best practices and latest research. LSU Professional Development provides workforce development opportunities and training throughout the state of Louisiana.
Computer & Information Technology
LSU Computer & Information Technology provides non-credit training in computer operating systems, productivity software, programming languages, web development, SQL, 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 & Leadership Institute
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The Management & Leadership Institute features best practices and the latest research in management and supervisory training, backed by Continuing Education’s history of more than fifty-five 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. Customized and on-site training is available.
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The LSU Paralegal Studies Program grew out of Continuing Education’s paralegal courses offered beginning in 1982. The program provides a path to a rewarding career in law through a series of non-credit courses that can be completed in as little as one year. The program is the only noncredit certificate program in Louisiana approved for paralegals by the American Bar Association. Most students complete their bachelor’s degree before earning a paralegal certificate; however, students will be considered for admission if they have at least 45 hours of college credit, a 2.3 overall grade point average, and pass an entrance exam. Courses are offered at night to meet the needs of employed students, and feature small class size and instructors with real-world experience.
An online notary public preparatory course is also offered. This course prepares students to take the state notary public exam administered by the Secretary of State’s office.
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LSU Community Programs includes non-credit programs focused on providing instruction in areas of special interest to individuals of all ages seeking personal and academic enrichment. Courses include pre-college courses and camps, leisure and arts activities. The OLLI at LSU program is designed for mature adults and is membership-based. Leisure & Arts courses are open to all adults (and in some cases, middle and high school-aged students). Instructors include LSU faculty, retired faculty, and local artists and experts. Pre-College Programs provides academically enriching programs for students of all ages.
Leisure & Arts Program
The Leisure & Arts Program offers students, faculty, staff, and community members a variety of avenues to express themselves through a wide range of Leisure Courses. The goal of Leisure & Arts Program is to encourage participants to try something new, think out of the box, and engage in new forms of creative expression.
Leisure courses are non-credit, special interest courses are provided by LSU faculty, community experts, and local artisans.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU
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 1,100 members and last year conducted more than 245 courses.
OLLI at LSU is affiliated with The Bernard Osher Foundation and is part of a network of 120 institutes located on university and college campuses in nearly 300 cities and towns throughout the US, together comprising more than 151,000 members. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI, offers non-credit educational programs specifically developed for adults 50 years and older; university connection and university support; robust volunteer leadership and sound organizational structure; and a diverse repertoire of intellectually stimulating courses.
Non-credit courses include such topics as Art History, Basic Yoga, Film Stories, Flicks & Food, French Conversation, Life Writing, Line Dancing, Passport to Italy, and Shakespeare, offered at convenient times and locations. Members attend courses as participants and also have opportunities to teach courses and serve on committees.
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Pre-college Programs conducts numerous programs for students in kindergarten through high school. Offerings include major summer programs, such as Tiger Challenge, Tiger University, Residential Camps, and various year-round programs and courses such as ACT Prep, Science & Engineering Fairs, and Junior Science & Humanities Symposium. LSU also hosts residential courses for high-achieving students in the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), LeaderShip U, Architecture Camp, and a variety of college prep subject areas.
Science & Engineering Fairs
The Louisiana Science & Engineering Fair and the Region VII Science & Engineering Fair are LSU-hosted 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.