Planning for Higher Education Journal

LSU’s Balancing Act

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From Volume 29 Number 3 | Spring 2001
By Laura F. Lindsay

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

Universities, like other organizations, are affected by many interrelated influences and systems. In the early 1980s, because of its below average freshmen-to-sophomore year retention rates for an institution of its type, large developmental enrollment, and poor graduation rates, Louisiana State University and A & M (LSU) did not compare to other major state universities in terms of student success rates. Using a systems theory approach to analyzing the affect of inputs on outputs, this article describes the efforts that were made to transform the quality and completion rates of undergraduate students at LSU by changing the criteria for the admission of new freshmen.

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