The mission of the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development is to prepare professionals who train, educate, and lead people in developing human capital for the workplace at the local, state, national, and international levels. This mission is achieved through a balanced program of teaching, research and service.
The SHREWD will continue to be a progressive, responsive force for developing those who educate or train human capital for the workplace.
In the SHREWD, the focus is on preparing professionals for training individuals to enter employment, to advance in an occupation or a career, and to enable them to incorporate change or to recycle transportable knowledge and skills (both technical and soft) throughout the life span.
Building a better prepared and more productive workforce, increased job satisfaction, and more competent leaders for business, industry, government, and all levels of career and technical education is the centrality of human capital development for the workplace. Based on LSU’s teaching, research, and service mission, the SHREWD will seek new knowledge, deliver appropriate education/training, and provide services based on prioritized needs.
The SHREWD will have three major thrusts: Business, Government, and Industry; Agricultural, Adult, Extension, and International; and Career and Technical Education. These thrusts will address workplace training and retraining concerns and issues–globalization, environment and health, occupational safety, the changing workplace, technology, communication skills, workplace literacy and diversity, and career change. Transition and delivery systems associated with these will encompass distance learning, contextual learning (applied academics and variable environments), extension and non-formal settings, workplace settings, and formal classrooms (corporate/school/institution). The outcomes expected are better leaders and professionals (i.e. trainers, instructors, administrators, supervisors, researchers, evaluators, consultants) who can address issues related to home-based workers, the linkage of home and marketplace, establishment and management of worksites, training, and changes in one or more settings of paid or unpaid employment for self, employer-employees, and the community.