THE MISSION AND LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR MASTER PLANNING
Our mission is clear: Coordinating the work of campuses, systems, and stakeholders, the Louisiana Board of Regents serves as the state’s leading force for talent development through quality, affordable post-secondary education for all. Though it is a constitutional responsibility, the Board of Regents does not view master planning as an exercise, but as an opportunity to set a vision for talent development in our state and a roadmap for how to get there.
Article VIII, §5 D (4) of the Louisiana Constitution requires the Board of Regents to “formulate and make a timely revision of a master plan for postsecondary education”. In addition, Acts 241 of 1987 and 1360 of 1997 require Regents, in cooperation with each system management board, and with the chancellor and president of each institution, to establish a mission for each system, college, and university it serves. In this way, and through this structure, Regents enacts its role as the state’s coordinating board, advocating for student success and educational quality by setting and enforcing minimum admission criteria within a differentiated system of campuses while driving performance through an outcomes-based funding formula.
The 2019 Master Plan reaffirms the Board of Regents’ constitutional responsibility to plan, coordinate and provide budgetary oversight for all public postsecondary education in Louisiana.