Time to Gear Up for LSU Reaffirmation of Accreditation and LSU Discover.
March 2014 brings more than just Mardi Gras, mid-terms, and green leaves to LSU. Some exciting opportunities to learn more about undergraduate research are coming up. First, two student-centered events are on the horizon for this week and next. And second, visitors representing the organization that accredits the university will be on campus for three days this month. Be prepared to learn something you didn’t already know and possibly to meet people who are intensely interested in every LSU student’s education.
Introducing LSU Discover
The two student events in March will introduce the campus to our proposed Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is related to LSU’s reaffirmation of accreditation. Titled “LSU Discover” and officially scheduled to kick off in fall 2014, the QEP expands opportunities for LSU undergraduate students to participate in research experiences that advance knowledge and enhance each participant’s future career. To prepare the campus community for this program and to give students information about the reaffirmation process and LSU Discover, these events are coming up:
March right in to these fun opportunities
LSU Student Government (SG) is hosting a Free Speech alley event from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on Friday, March 7, 2014. The entire LSU community is invited to join the SG representatives as they distribute free t-shirts, cups, and other LSU Discover promotional and informational materials, as well as food and beverages.
Expand your mind and support student research
Another major event, LSU Discover Research Day, is scheduled for Monday, March 10, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm in the LSU Union Cotillion Ballroom. Undergraduates representing all 12 colleges on campus will be talking about their research from 1:30 pm until 4:00 pm, and more than 125 posters are slated for display. From research on sperm whale dives to analysis of film adaptations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, these projects will give you something to think about. Come learn more about student research at LSU, how to get involved with undergraduate research, and get a free t-shirt and snacks. Above all, be prepared to be impressed!
Help us welcome some important campus visitors
On the heels of the LSU Discover events, the LSU community is preparing to welcome 10 members of a committee from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Colleges (SACSCOC). These visitors will be on campus for three days in March to review LSU and its programs in advance of the university’s reaffirmation of accreditation. This reaffirmation process, which occurs every ten years, ensures that a university is meeting its institutional goals. During their visit—scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, through Thursday, March 13—the reviewers will meet with campus faculty, students, and administrators to verify the extent to which LSU is on track with all the principles considered important to the operation of a university.
And one of the principal missions of LSU is to educate students. Your mission for this month, should you decide to accept it, is to learn all you can about LSU Discover and what it means for undergraduate research. What you learn may be helpful to both you and LSU.