LSUS has become a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Level V institution. That means it can offer doctoral degree programs, beginning with the Department of Education's Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies, which has just successfully completed its first semester of courses.

"This doctoral program in Leadership Studies opens exciting new possibilities for the future of our region," said Interim Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs John S. Vassar in a news release. "Our students will do more than acquire new skills and expertise to help their own interests. This program equips them as leaders so that they can in turn transform our Northwest Louisiana community through their leadership."

The 63-credit-hour program is designed to focus on leadership skills that can be applied to a business, government, non-profit, or educational setting. It includes instruction in organizational planning, dynamics of leadership, finance, team building, conflict resolution and mediation, communication and other management skills.

"This degree will give current leaders an opportunity to fine-tune their current leadership skills-grounding them in leadership theory and research - while preparing them to advance in their current careers or transition to new careers in education, health, nonprofit administration, business, and over venues of public service," said Leadership Studies Doctoral Program Director Dr. Iris Johnson.

LSU Shreveport hopes that the Level V change approval is one of many positive things to happen for the university in the near future.

To find out more about LSUS, call 318-797-5000, or visit the university's website.