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Louisiana State University in Shreveport (LSUS) is a branch of the Louisiana State University System
Louisiana State University System
The Louisiana State University System is budgetarily the largest public university system in Louisiana. John V. Lombardi is the system's president...

 in Shreveport, Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana
Shreveport is the third largest city in Louisiana. It is the principal city of the fourth largest metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana and is the 109th-largest city in the United States....

. Opened in 1967, LSUS is the only public four-year university in the Shreveport-Bossier metro area.

The school, with more than 4,600 students, is a multipurpose system of higher education, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and exerting a major influence on the economic, social, and cultural life of its citizens. The university has on campus apartments located at the northwestern edge of the campus.

The school has nationally-ranked NAIA
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is an athletic association that organizes college and university-level athletic programs. Membership in the NAIA consists of smaller colleges and universities across the United States. The NAIA allows colleges and universities outside the USA...

 teams and offers more than 70 extra-curricular programs. LSUS operates Red River Radio
Red River Radio
Red River Radio is the regional public radio station for northwest Louisiana, southern Arkansas, eastern Texas, and the southeasternmost corner of Oklahoma. The network is headquartered on the campus of Louisiana State University in Shreveport...

, a public radio network based in Shreveport.

Historical Information


After nine years as a two-year institution, LSUS was advanced to four-year status in 1976 through the efforts of state Senator
Louisiana State Legislature
The Louisiana State Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Louisiana. It is bicameral body, comprising the lower house, the Louisiana House of Representatives with 105 representatives, and the upper house, the Louisiana Senate with 39 senators...

 Don W. Williamson
Don W. Williamson
Donald Wayne Williamson, usually known as Don Williamson , is a semiretired American businessman in Shreveport, the seat of Caddo Parish and the largest city in north Louisiana, who served in both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature between 1968 and 1980...

 of Shreveport and state Representative
Louisiana State Legislature
The Louisiana State Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Louisiana. It is bicameral body, comprising the lower house, the Louisiana House of Representatives with 105 representatives, and the upper house, the Louisiana Senate with 39 senators...

 Joe Henry Cooper
Joe Henry Cooper
Joe Henry Cooper was a businessman in Mansfield, the seat of DeSoto Parish in northwestwen Louisiana, who served five consecutive terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1960 to 1980, having at various times represented DeSoto, Red River, Sabine, and Caddo parishes...

 of Mansfield
Mansfield, Louisiana
Mansfield is a city in and the parish seat of DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 5,001 at the 2010 census. Mansfield is part of the Shreveport–Bossier City Metropolitan Statistical Area.-History:...

, the seat of De Soto Parish.

Since becoming a four-year institution, LSUS has acquired regional and national accreditation and has added more programs.

In early 2009, LSUS announced it was attempting to cut expenses by merging the College of Liberal Arts with the College of Science to form the College of Arts and Sciences and also merge the College of Business Administration and the College of Education and Human Development into the College of Business, Education and Human Development. Further, LSUS announced it would eliminate two dean
Dean (education)
In academic administration, a dean is a person with significant authority over a specific academic unit, or over a specific area of concern, or both...

 and two associate dean positions.

Degrees and Instruction


Within the College of Business, Education and Human Development there is the School of Business, School of Education and the School of Human Sciences. Within the College of Arts and Sciences there is the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Mathematics and Sciences. Within each college LSUS grants undergraduate and graduate degrees at the masters and specialist degree levels. Additionally, all of LSUS' business degrees are accredited by AACSB-International. LSUS offers many night courses, catering to its non-traditional student population. LSUS also offers many on-line course and two 100% online Master's degrees (Master of Science in Human Services Administration and Master of Health Administration).

According to the LSUS website, the university
University
A university is an institution of higher education and research, which grants academic degrees in a variety of subjects. A university is an organisation that provides both undergraduate education and postgraduate education...

 has a student-teacher ratio of 21:1 and 78% of the professors have doctoral degrees. Many of LSUS' professors have been published and nationally recognized. Many of LSUS' professors sit on nationally-recognized boards related to their disciplines.

Notable faculty

  • Hubert D. Humphreys
    Hubert D. Humphreys
    Hubert Davis Humphreys was an historian formerly affiliated with Louisiana State University in Shreveport who specialized in archives, oral history, and studies of his native North Louisiana....

    , a charter member of the LSUS faculty, was a specialist in oral history
    Oral history
    Oral history is the collection and study of historical information about individuals, families, important events, or everyday life using audiotapes, videotapes, or transcriptions of planned interviews...

    .
  • Harold R. King, Jr.
    Harold King (author)
    Harold Raymond King, Jr., also known as Hal King , was an American author and journalist known for his 1975 novel Paradigm Red, which became the 1977 NBC television movie Red Alert....

     (1945-2010), American novelist from Shreveport who taught writing at LSUS.
  • Lloyd E. Lenard
    Lloyd E. Lenard
    Lloyd Edgar Lenard was an American businessman from Shreveport, and a former Caddo Parish commissioner, author, United States Navy officer, civic leader, and a pioneer in the establishment of the two-party system in his native Louisiana.-Family, education, military:Lenard was born to James Lenard...

     (1922-2008), a Shreveport businessman, Caddo Parish commissioner, and author
    Author
    An author is broadly defined as "the person who originates or gives existence to anything" and that authorship determines responsibility for what is created. Narrowly defined, an author is the originator of any written work.-Legal significance:...

    , taught finance and insurance at LSUS on an adjunct basis.
  • William D. Pederson Multiple published works, tenth book regarding Lincoln published this year(2011). Pederson is a professor of political science and holds the American Studies Endowed Chair at LSUS.
  • LSUS political science
    Political science
    Political Science is a social science discipline concerned with the study of the state, government and politics. Aristotle defined it as the study of the state. It deals extensively with the theory and practice of politics, and the analysis of political systems and political behavior...

     professor Jeffrey D. Sadow
    Jeffrey D. Sadow
    Jeffrey Dennis Sadow is an associate professor of political science at Louisiana State University in Shreveport known for his Internet writings on behalf of political conservatism and the Republican Party in Louisiana....

     is a widely-known political blogger, journalist, and satirist.

Notable alumni

  • Sherri Smith Cheek
    Sherri Smith Cheek
    Sherri Smith Cheek is a businesswoman from Shreveport, Louisiana, who is a second-term Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate from District 38...

    , state senator
    Louisiana State Legislature
    The Louisiana State Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Louisiana. It is bicameral body, comprising the lower house, the Louisiana House of Representatives with 105 representatives, and the upper house, the Louisiana Senate with 39 senators...

     from Caddo and DeSoto parishes

Mascot


"Pete the Pilot" was introduced to students in the fall of 2007 after a process that began in 2005 with the passage of a bill calling for a new mascot by the Student Government Association (SGA). The idea initially met resistance by the administration based upon cost, but was further pursued. He is a combination of steamboat
Steamboat
A steamboat or steamship, sometimes called a steamer, is a ship in which the primary method of propulsion is steam power, typically driving propellers or paddlewheels...

 pilot and pelican, which is the state bird of Louisiana. Students offered naming suggestions during student government elections in 2007, with a final decision made by a committee of students and faculty. The committee was composed of the Professor of the Year, the current SGA president, and a former SGA president representing the students, alumni and faculty of LSUS. The mascot was named in accordance with the majority opinion of students expressed during the vote.

Athletics


LSUS fields six athletics teams: Baseball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer and Women's Tennis. The Pilots and Lady Pilots compete in the Red River Athletic Conference
Red River Athletic Conference
The Red River Athletic Conference is an affiliate of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics . The conference's 14 member institutions are located in Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Pending acceptance of their application to the conference, a 15th member, the University...

. The Pilot Baseball team has sent many players to Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball is the highest level of professional baseball in the United States and Canada, consisting of teams that play in the National League and the American League...

, including 3 taken in the 2010 draft.

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