OCTOBER BOARD ACTION
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UL SYSTEM PUBLISHES NEW DATA DASHBOARD
University of Louisiana System Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity, and Effectiveness Claire Norris presented the System’s newly released online data dashboard to the Board of Supervisors.
The data visualization tool seeks to provide clarity and increased transparency to the Board and internal and external stakeholders.
“The Universities of Louisiana are committed to being a national model for transparency,” UL System President and CEO Dr. Jim Henderson said. “The measures we highlight on the data dashboard tell a compelling story of the work of our System and the state of Louisiana.”
Data categories include Access, Success, Faculty & Staff, Budget & Financials, Peer Comparisons, and Data Governance. The Governance section highlights the data leaders at the nine member institutions responsible for collecting, providing, and managing the data for display at the System level as well as relevant definitions to aid in data comprehension.
UL SYSTEM MEMBER INSTITUTIONS SUPPORT MCNEESE
Just two weeks after Hurricane Laura hit McNeese State University and Lake Charles directly, Hurricane Delta’s nearly identical path multiplied the community’s needs. Campus sustained significant damage forcing online learning for the remainder of the semester.
The McNeese Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund was established to direct resources to the areas where aid is needed most.
Systemwide displays of support continue to aid in the relief efforts. Member institutions organized many supply drives, and the UL System Student Advisory Council, made up of the SGA presidents from each university, is hosting a day of service next month.
All nine UL System member institutions are engaged with the Cowboy Relief Effort allowing displaced McNeese students to access resources on their campuses including libraries, computer labs, and health services. So far, 250 students have requested access to sister institutions.
ICYMI: COMPETE LA IN FORBES
Compete LA, the System’s program to re-engage Louisiana adults with some college credit but no degree, was highlighted in Forbes earlier this month.
“We know if we focused only on traditional students and did that perfectly—met the needs of every one of those students, recruited them and put them in the right degree path, and they were successful—we would still not meet the demands of the 21st century economy,” said UL System President and CEO Dr. Jim Henderson. “So for us to close those gaps, we had to address the needs of the large portion of our state’s population who started down the path but didn’t finish.”
The article highlighted the benefits of Compete LA’s new Academy feature allowing students to earn credit hours that transfer easily to the UL System institution of their choice. Click here to learn more about Compete LA Academy.
ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS
Northwestern State University: approval to offer an Undergraduate Certificate in Remote Systems Science and Technology.
Southeastern Louisiana University: approval to offer a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science and Technology.
University of Louisiana at Monroe: approval to offer a Ph.D. in Pharmacology.
University of New Orleans: approval to award an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to Mr. Harry Shearer at the Fall 2020 Commencement Exercises.
Nicholls State University: approval of a contract with Mr. James Austin Claunch, Head Basketball Coach, effective October 28, 2020.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette: approval of a contract with Mr. Theo Sliman, Head Men’s Golf Coach, effective July 1, 2020.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette: approval of an amendment to the contract with Mr. Timothy Leger, Assistant Football Coach, effective July 1, 2020.
Louisiana Tech University: approval to name a new wing in the College of Business the “Cox Family Atrium.”
University of Louisiana at Lafayette: approval of a Ground Lease with Ragin Cajun Facilities, Inc. to construct a Photovoltaic Applied Research & Testing Laboratory (PART Lab), as authorized by La. R.S. 17:3361.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette: approval to demolish the Robert’s House Apartment building.
University of New Orleans: approval to enter into a Lease Agreement with Hynes Charter School Corporation and Friends of Hynes, both not-for-profit corporations, pursuant to the authority vested in La. R.S. 17:3361
Louisiana Tech University: approval to enter into an Affiliation Agreement with the Louisiana Tech Applied Research Corporation to provide applied research and contracting services for large contracts as well as support and facilities for classified contracts.
University of New Orleans: approval of a resolution granting authority for the issuance of Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System Revenue Bonds not to exceed $8 million (University of New Orleans Project).
University of Louisiana System: acceptance of revised Internal Audit Charters for (a) Grambling State University, (b) Louisiana Tech University, (c) Nicholls State University, (d) Northwestern State University, (e) Southeastern Louisiana University, (f) University of Louisiana at Monroe, (g) University of Louisiana System, and (h) University of New Orleans.
University of Louisiana System: acceptance of the Fiscal Year 2019-20 Financial and Compliance Representation Letter for the University of Louisiana System.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette: approval to appoint Dr. Linda Nichols as Dean of the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration effective August 15, 2020.
University of Louisiana at Monroe: approval to appoint Dr. Valerie S. Fields as Vice President for Student Affairs effective October 26, 2020