Program Authorization: Constitution of 1974, Article VIII, Sections 5, 6 and 7; Act 7 of the 1974 Extraordinary Session; Act 313 of the 1975 Regular Session; Act 83 of the 1977 Regular Session; Act 559 of the 1979 Regular Session; Article VII, Section 10.1 of the 1986 Regular Session; Act 52 of 1978; R.S. 17:1421; R.S. 17:1834; R.S. 17:3201-3381; R.S. 17:3126 et al; R.S. 17:3121; R.S. 17:3399.5
The mission of the Board of Regents is to build an education system to serve Louisiana's interests in the twenty-first century. The Board of Regents believes that higher education should provide for the development of individual intellect and character, the pursuit of wisdom through knowledge, and the improvement of the quality of life for the state's citizens.
The goals of the Board of Regents are:
1. Improve access to publicly supported higher education services for all its citizens.
2. Protect academic freedoms, provide education of the highest caliber, and enhance the overall quality of the state's system of higher education.
3. Promote and encourage the state to establish a more technologically based infrastructure, which is required in a global economy.
4. Provide a variety of opportunities for higher education that meet the needs of the citizens as well as the needs of the state.
5. Strengthen efforts to make institutions more responsive to the state's needs.
The Board of Regents includes the following activities: Board of Regents, Office of the Commissioner, Budgeting and Financial Planning, Facilities Planning, Academic Program Planning and Review, Research and Management Information Services, Desegregation Consent Decree Compliance and Monitoring, Aid to Independent Colleges and Universities, Southern Regional Education Board Compact, Louisiana Library Network, Louisiana Quality Education Support Fund 8(g), Registration and Licensure of Degree-Granting Institutions, Federal Programs, Louisiana Digital Software Licensure Consortium.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
The Board of Regents for Higher Education provides leadership and support for all public higher education institutions. The success of this entity is reflected in the success of the other entities in higher education. Performance information consistent with the Regents' strategic plan and with the statewide model for administration/support service programs will be reported next year.
1. The Board of Regents will continue to ensure financial accountability and integrity of the formula funding mechanism for higher education through a system of audits of student credit hour production in pubic higher education institutions and through audits of the Aid to Independent Institutions program.
2. The Board of Regents will continue to exercise sound judgment with respect to the approval of small capital outlay project requests and the formulation of appropriate capital outlay recommendations for submission to the administration and the legislature through a rigorous system of capital outlay proposal reviews.
3. The Board of Regents, through its Academic and Student Affairs Division, will conduct reviews of existing academic programs, departments, divisions, or similar subdivisions and revise, eliminate, approve (maintain), disapprove (terminate), or modify such entities as deemed appropriate.
1 A special review of duplicated academic programs accounts for 543 of these programs.
4. The Board of Regents, through its Academic and Student Affairs Division, will conduct reviews of proposed new academic programs, departments, divisions, or similar subdivisions and revise, eliminate, approve, disapprove, or modify such entities as deemed appropriate.
5. The Board of Regents will review all proposals submitted for funding consideration under the Board of Regents Support Fund in order to ensure that only meritorious proposals are funded.
1 Anticipated; deadline for submission of proposals is March 31, 1998.
2 A comprehensive review has been undertaken of the Endowed Chairs program.
SOURCE OF FUNDING
The sources of funding for this program include general fund, interagency transfers, fees and self-generated revenues, statutory dedications and federal funds. The interagency transfers are from the state's universities for the Louisiana Digital Software Consortium, which acts as a site licensing facilitator for state schools. The fees and self-generated revenues are from registration and licensing fees paid by post-secondary, academic degree-granting institutions. The statutory dedications are from the Louisiana Education Quality Support [8(g)] Fund for: (1) enhancement of academics and research; (2) recruitment of superior graduate fellows; (3) endowment of chairs; (4) carefully designed research efforts; and (5) administrative expenses. (Per R.S. 39:32B.(8) see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) The federal funds are from: (1) the United States Department of the Navy, Office of the Chief of Naval Research, to support basic and applied scientific research at education or research institutions, which has a potential for leading to the improvement of naval operations, and to support training and stimulation of future researchers in science and engineering disciplines; (2) the United States Army Materiel Command, to support basic scientific research that is related to or has potential for leading to the improvement of Army program or operations; (3) the United States Department of Defense, for basic, applied, and advanced research in science and engineering with long-term potential for contributing to technology for defense needs; (4) the National Science Foundation, to provide leadership and support to the nation's efforts to improve the quality and effectiveness of science, mathematics and engineering education, including (a) the Louisiana Collaborative for Excellence in the Preparation of Teachers (LaCEPT) and (b) the Louisiana Consortium for Higher Education Networking (LaCHEN); (5) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, to disseminate technical information about United States aeronautics and spaces research and development activities and their results; (6) the United States Department of Energy, to provide financial support for fundamental research, training and related activities in the basic sciences and advanced technology concepts and assessments in fields related to energy; and (7) the United States Department of Education, to (a) improve and maintain high quality science and engineering education programs in minority postsecondary institutions through the Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation (LAMP), and (b) to assist projects of national significance designed to improve the skills of teachers and the quality of instruction in mathematics and science in the nation's elementary and secondary schools.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 86.8% of the existing operating budget. It represents 122.1% of the total request ($62,948,730) for this program. The major reasons for the decrease from the existing operating budget are due to the following non-recurring adjustments made to the Higher Education Inititatives Fund: Higher Education Library and Scientific Acquisitions Account ($10,000,000); Distance Learning Account ($1,000,000); and Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Account ($1,000,000). Other non-recurring adjustments include: (1) implementation of an accountability plan for higher education ($100,000); and (2) costs to connect independent colleges and universities to the Louisiana Library Network ($100,000). These non-recurring adjustments were offset by the following: a means of financing substitution whereby general fund replaced statutory dedications for: (1) the Higher Education Inititatives Fund, Distance Learning Account ($2,000,000); and (2) a new management board for the proposed Louisiana Technical and Community College System ($500,000).
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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