1 FY WISE Implementation Plan Louisiana State University at Eunice LSU System 10/15/2014 Institutional Contact Ms. Jane Spradling Louisiana State University at Eunice
2 Implementation Plan
3 Section 2. The Implementation Plan LSU Eunice is proposing to collectively utilize Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scholarships, undergraduate research opportunities, along with an added focus in pre-engineering for the Associate of Science Louisiana Transfer (ASLT) degree in order to recruit, engage and retain undergraduate students in the STEM disciplines. Some recipients of the scholarship awards may become participants in the LSU Eunice faculty-student Undergraduate Summer Research Program (URSI) which has successfully operated at LSU Eunice for the past 20 years. In recent years, the URSI Program has been funded through a corporate partnership contribution from SLEMCO. Additional STEM scholarships will also be provided through a partnership grant from Acadian Medical-Mercy Medical Centers. The implementation and budgetary oversight for administering the Plan will be two-fold: The URSI program will be under the purview of the Chancellor s Office, as it has been since its onset. The Associate of Science Louisiana Transfer degrees and the STEM scholarships will be under the Division of Sciences and Mathematics headed by Dr. John Hamlin. Dr. Hamlin reports to Dr. Renee Robichaux who serves as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Dr. Robichaux formerly served as Division Head of Sciences and Mathematics and will lend her expertise to project implementation. Dr. Hamlin will initiate and oversee all program elements and expenditures with assistance from the Office of Purchasing and the Office of Business Affairs. Implementation Timeline Time Frame Activity Responsible Party Spring 2015 Call for URSI proposals /Selection of participants Marketing/Recruiting for the ASLT degree Chancellor s Office Recruiters/Public Relations/Division of Sciences and Mathematics Summer 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016 Award of STEM scholarships URSI stipends/scholarships awarded to faculty/student participants. URSI Symposium Delivery of Intro Engineering courses Award of STEM Scholarships Marketing/Recruiting for the ASLT degree Call for URSI proposals Marketing/Recruiting for the ASLT degree Award of STEM scholarships Scholarship Committee Chancellor s Office Division of Sciences and Mathematics Chancellor s Office/URSI Participants Division of Sciences and Mathematics Scholarship Committee Chancellor s Office Recruiters/Public Relations/Division of Sciences and Mathematics Scholarship Committee
4 Private Match Certification
5 L5U To: Members of the WISE Council Office of the President From: F. King Alexander ~ J./. President/Chancellor :-r-_ ~ Subject: Match Certification Date: October 15, 2014 In accordance with Act 803 of the 2014 Legislative Session, entitled Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE) and the Board of Regents WISE program policy, I am submitting the following implementation plans for WISE Council approval and am certifying, to the best of my knowledge, that the LSU System can demonstrate private match guarantees of at least 20% of the requested $14,171,285 in WISE funding: Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Louisiana State University- Shreveport Paul M. Hebert Law Center Pennington Biomedical Research Center LSU Health Science Center - New Orleans Louisiana State University - Alexandria Louisiana State University - Eunice LSU AgCenter LSU Health Science Center - Shreveport Private Match: Source Amount Type LSUHealth Shreveport Foundation $400,000 Cash LSU School of Medicine Alumni Foundation $290,300 Cash Patrick Taylor Foundation $200,000 Cash LSU School of Dentistry Alumni Association $176,693 Cash Pennington Medical Foundation $500,000 Cash Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation $500,000 Cash LSU Shreveport Foundation $85,000 Cash J. Bennett Johnston Science Foundation $200,000 Cash Acadian Medical/Mercy Medical Centers $2,500 Cash Southwest Louisiana Electric Membership Corporation $20,000 Cash E.I Dupont DeNemours and Co; LA Sweet Potato Commission; Louisiana Soybean & Feed $96,409 Cash Grains Research and Promotion Board; Cotton Incorporated; American Sugarcane League LSU Foundation $1,428,501 Cash System-Wide Support $3,899,403 Cash In addition, due to the nature of the uses of the requested WISE funds, the LSU System requests no more than the following in the specific Means of Financing: CDBG Funds $4,327,635 House Bill 2 Funds $2,757,043 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Dan Layzell, Vice President for Finance and Administration of my staff at or Loui~hrna :1tat(J UniV('l.;,itv nrhtp 0 2?1) f ::;-~r5 57R s~2ti
6 Credential-granting Programs
7 Section 4: Credential-Granting Programs a. Degree Level is AS. Title of degree is Associate of Science Louisiana Transfer (ASLT). The ASLT allows students interested in pursuing a STEM degree to finish all of their general education courses, as well as courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science, Engineering, Math, Computer Science, etc., that will be applicable to achieving a BS in a high priority field. Using STEM scholarships to recruit and retain students, URSI (University Research Summer Institute) research projects, and additional course offerings in engineering, we will increase the graduation rate of students with an ASLT degree. The CIP code is We offer both a biological science and a physical science ASLT under this code. b. The ASLT, while not designated as a high-priority field, allows students to complete their first two years of coursework at a local institution before entering into a STEM program at a four-year institution. This degree supports completion of the BS degrees in several high-priority fields, including all health-related CIP codes, as well as the specific physical science fields of Chemical Engineering ( ), Petroleum Engineering ( ), Mechanical Engineering ( ), Civil Engineering ( ) and Engineering Technology ( ). The proposed ASLT will be coordinated with the proper courses to facilitate transferring STEM students. Additionally, ASLT students who plan to pursue engineering degrees at four-year institutions will be offered engineering courses currently unavailable to them. c. Actions to meet the WISE goals. i. Many freshman and sophomore courses in engineering disciplines have prerequisites that can be met on the LSUE campus. Engineering courses that are currently unavailable will be offered depending on student interest and faculty availability. The list includes CHE1100 (Intro Chem Engineer), CHE 2162 (Computer Modeling), CHE 2171 (Che Fund Mat En Bal), CE 2700 (Intro to Civil Engineering), CE 2450 (Statics), ME 2212 (Intro Mech Engr Desn), ME 2334 (Thermodynamics), ME 2723 (Materials of Engr for ME), PETE 1010 (Intr to Petr Engr), PETE 2060 (Comp Mthds Pete), PETE 2031 (Reservoir Rock Prop). ii. Cooperation between engineering faculty at four-year institutions and LSU Eunice will allow the delivery of courses to LSUE students via compressed video, online courses, WebEx, or some other-agreed upon delivery method. An LSUE faculty member will serve as a facilitator/proctor on the LSUE campus. Engineering faculty members will have at a minimum an MS and will meet SACSCOC credential requirements. A stipend of $2,000 dollars per course for engineering faculty members is proposed. This compensation will cover added services to support outreach to the LSUE campus, including training and continued communication with the LSUE facilitator/proctor
8 outside of regular class time, extra grading, and administrative tasks. Additional compensation of $1,000 dollars is proposed for the LSUE facilitator/proctor per course. With the anticipation of five (5) courses being added, the costs in additional compensation would be $10,000 for engineering faculty and $5,000 for LSUE faculty for a total of $15,000 with associated benefits calculated at 27.85%, the approved fringe benefit rate for overload courses. iii. WISE funds will be used to support the STEM courses, including software, lab equipment, renovations to existing equipment, and computing equipment. This support will be used to enhance the laboratories and classroom used for STEM courses. d. LSU Eunice faculty will participate in the Undergraduate Research Summer Institute to engage STEM students in the study of their desired fields, including health, biology, engineering, and chemistry. Engineering courses will be delivered by traditional, online, compressed video, WebEx, and/or hybrid courses. e. LSU Eunice has not attempted to create or expand the ASLT degree previously. The ASLT was created by the Board of Regents less than 5 years ago. The proposed WISE Fund project will use an existing degree, but expand specialized concentrations for STEM students. f. The ASLT has been offered since academic year. Data are not available for the number of students enrolled in, and qualified for, this degree. Many transfer students list majors consistent with a BS, and not the ASLT, such as those indicating Pre- Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Chemical Engineering, etc. as majors, in place of the ASLT. LSUE has graduated 29 students with the ASLT since The low number of graduates results from the lack of knowledge of the ASLT degree and the early transfer of students (before they gain enough credits for the ASLT) due to the lack of freshman and sophomore level courses in their discipline, such as engineering. Enhancement of the curriculum will improve upon LSUE s program completion rates due to the campus s ability to offer scholarships, research opportunities, and engineering courses directly as a result of this WISE program. Students will stay on track with the curriculum approved by many of the four (4) year institutions that accept LSUE transfer students. We estimate that we will more than double the number of graduates from the previous year. g. The outcome from the proposed project is an increase in the number of graduates with an ASLT who are well prepared for a BS degree in a STEM discipline to the same extent as any junior at a four-year institution. During the year, there were six graduates. We anticipate graduating 15 students with the ASLT degree in A successful
9 program will allow LSUE to increase the number of scholarships and URSI projects. In addition, should additional funds become available in the future, LSUE will hire an engineering faculty member who fulfills SACSCOC credential requirements. The addition of an engineering faculty member will allow LSUE to enhance recruitment of pre-engineering students and strengthen the program over time.
10 Research Productivity
11 Section 5: Research Productivity As a two-year branch of the LSU System, LSU Eunice is not involved in the research component of the WISE project. Nonetheless, a research emphasis is included in this program s design. For the past 20 years, LSU Eunice has conducted the URSI (Undergraduate Research Summer Institute) program which pairs a professor with a student who jointly design and conduct a year-long research project. Students annually present their findings to the campus community. Often students present their findings at a professional association meeting. In short, the URSI program is instrumental in allowing students at the undergraduate level to engage in research processes and, in doing so, to learn methods of scientific inquiry. A portion of the match money for this project is being provided in support of this program. LSU Eunice is deeply committed to continuing to provide this opportunity to our students. This early exposure to research experience is generally unavailable to students at the associate level. Our graduates who have participated in the program report a higher level of preparedness to participate in research at the baccalaureate, post-graduate, and/or business and industry levels. Given the STEM emphasis of the program being proposed, this support is critical to furthering the recruitment and success of LSU Eunice students in the relevant fields, as well as being important to support the economic growth of the region and the state.
12 Aid Programs
13 Section 6. Aid Programs A portion of the budget developed for the LSU Eunice WISE project is dedicated to provide scholarships to students who will enter the program. No other types of aid will be designated for program funds. a. Since this program will be newly implemented upon receipt of WISE funds, there is no three-year record or budget from past years. b. The program design incorporates funds for scholarships for students over a two-year period. In year one $15,000 is earmarked for STEM scholarships; in year two, $75,000 will be expended on these scholarships. The URSI program will receive $15,250 in both year one and year two, for a total of $30,500. These funds will cover stipends for students and participating faculty members and the supplies and equipment needed to implement research projects. c. The provision of scholarships to students is consistent with the overarching goals of this program, which are 1) the increase in the number of graduates with the ASLT degree who will be well prepared to obtain an engineering degree at a four-year institution, and 2) to enhance students research skills to promote success in their baccalaureate and post-graduate endeavors. Program design and course delivery by both faculty at a four-year institution (for engineering courses) and faculty at LSUE (for all other required courses) assures that students will be prepared academically to succeed in obtaining a baccalaureate degree.
14 Multiple Years
15 Section 7. Multiple Years The availability of WISE funds allows LSU Eunice to become an active partner with four-year institutions offering the baccalaureate degree in engineering. The engineering fields of chemistry, civil, mechanical and petroleum and the petroleum technician program all are Tier One fields in high demand in Louisiana. LSUE plans to continue the program after WISE funds have been expended, using the present grant funds over a two-year period to jumpstart the program. For instance, with enhanced enrollment, the institution anticipates being able to hire a full-time engineering faculty member in year three, with additional faculty to be added as demand increases. LSUE will expend all grant funds by the end of the second year of the grant. In year one $48,607 will be expended; the balance of the grant in the amount of $149,154 will be expended in year two. Year-one expenditures are comprised of the cost of 1) STEM scholarships in the amount of $15,000; 2) course delivery, marketing, and personnel costs in the amount of $18,357; and 3) URSI scholarship/stipends and supply/equipment costs in the amount of $15,250. Year-two expenditures mirror the above categories in the following amounts: 1) $75,000; 2) $58,904; and 3) $15,250. At the conclusion of year two, all funds allocated for the program will be expended according to the budget categories outlined above.
17 Section 8. Outcome a. LSU Eunice will work to increase participation in and graduation of STEM students in the Associate of Science Louisiana Transfer ( ). Many of these students will be prepared to transfer to a fouryear institution to complete a STEM bachelor degree. Those seeking an engineering degree, including chemical ( ), civil ( ), mechanical ( ), or petroleum engineering ( ) or engineering technology ( ), will have completed required freshman and sophomore engineering coursework as part of the ASLT. b. LSUE will incorporate 40 students into the ASLT degree in the first year. Of these it is anticipated that 15 students will complete the degree by year two. At that point they will transfer to a four-year institution to complete their BS degree in engineering or another STEM major. In the second year, the anticipated number of students in the program is 70. It is anticipated that another 15 students will complete their degree by year three.
18 Accreditation & Approvals
19 Section 9: Accreditation & Approvals a. The Associate of Science Louisiana Transfer is an established degree that has been offered at LSUE since the academic year. Students entering this ASLT program in pre-engineering with the ultimate intention of transferring to a four-year institution to obtain the BS degree will select the Physical Science emphasis. These areas pre-exist since they were developed with the establishment of the ASLT program. Therefore, no approvals will be required of the LSU System, the Board of Regents, or any separate accrediting body prior to their implementation. b. There will be no costs for any accreditation or approval changes.