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Contact: Christine Payton Aug. 29, 2011
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette received approval for two new academic programs that address the needs of students and workforce development in health care.

Last week, the Louisiana Board of Regents approved a new bachelor’s program in health services administration and a graduate certificate program in nonpublic school administration. The latter is the state’s only such program.

Nationally, only the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York offers a nonpublic school leadership focus.

Dr. Paula Montgomery, associate dean for the College of Education, said the five-course program addresses nonpublic school issues such as board management, laws, tuition and fundraising.

She noted that more than 50 nonpublic schools in Acadiana teach about 17,000 students and employ 1,500 people. “We thought it would be a good idea to tailor something that would address their specific needs,” said Montgomery.

The certificate program is expected to take one year to complete. About 15 students will be enrolled initially.

The new bachelor’s degree in health services administration is within the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.

Dr. Carolyn Bruder, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, told the board the program addresses retention issues. About 40 qualified nursing majors each year are unable to secure clinical training in hospitals or medical clinics because of limited availability. Admission to clinical training is based on GPA. Clinical training is required for graduation.

“ We get calls from students with a 3.2 grade point average who spend the semester trying to build up their GPA and in frustration they often end up in other degrees just to get out,” said Bruder. “This program will give them a more viable employment future. It would allow these students to stay in the world of health care.”

She noted that the first three semesters for nursing and the new program are identical. Students would be able to transfer to the new major without losing credit hours earned.

The certificate program and the new bachelor’s degree grew out of a review process by the university. “We eliminated some programs and created new ones that we thought were more responsive to student needs and the job market, ” said Bruder.

Document last revised Monday, August 29, 2011 2:22 PM

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