Our vision is to be recognized as a national leader in continuing, professional, and higher education outreach and engagement.
Our mission is to identify, create, and support lifelong learning opportunities through quality programs that address educational, professional, and economic development goals of individuals and organizations.
Engagement between the University and the communities it serves is vital to the mission of the public university. LSU created University Extension in 1924 to extend higher education throughout the state. Today, Continuing Education (CE) continues to provide access to the highest quality educational opportunities to help individuals and groups meet learning needs that are beyond on-campus, classroom-based undergraduate and graduate instruction.
LSU Continuing Education embraces the discovery, learning, diversity and engagement goals of the University. Outreach and engagement form the core of the Continuing Education mission.
Continuing Education programs reach thousands of participants directly each year across the state, region and the nation. People who participate in CE programs generally do so to accomplish a specific goal; when this goal is successfully achieved, it reflects positively on everyone involved in the learning experience. CE communicates directly to prospective participants, building public awareness of the University and its programs.
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LSU transforms lives. Enriched by Louisiana’s natural and cultural distinctiveness, the community of learning at Louisiana’s national Flagship University readies students to meet the environmental, social, economic, scientific, creative, and educational challenges that confront us locally and globally in the twenty-first century. LSU represents the largest institution of higher education in the state and is the only public university in the state to be designated a Carnegie Research University with Very High Research Activity. Among a handful of distinguished universities to enjoy Land, Sea, and Space Grant status, LSU offers vital research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students as it transforms new technology into enterprise and lends expertise to solve endemic problems.
In 2003 the University adopted the National Flagship Agenda, which recognized LSU’s unique role, scope, and mission as the leading academic institution in the state. LSU now rededicates itself to excellence and accountability to pursue a path grounded in decades of tradition and guided by the foundation of the initial Flagship Agenda. This extension, Flagship 2020, focuses on the goals of learning, discovery, diversity, and engagement.
Louisiana State University and A&M College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Louisiana State University and A&M College.
LSU is a member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association, Association for Continuing Higher Education, the Louisiana Association for Continuing Higher Education, the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning, the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, Eduventures and the Education Advisory Board.