Part 3 - Comprehensive Standards  (b) Applicable Policy Statement: If an institution is part of a system or corporate structure, a description of the system operation (or corporate structure) is submitted as part of the Compliance Certification for the decennial review. The description should be designed to help members of the peer review committees understand the mission, governance, and operating procedures of the system and the individual institution’s role within that system.

Partial Compliance
Not Applicable


The University of New Orleans is one of nine institutions that are members of the University of Louisiana System (ULS). The University of Louisiana System is one of four governing/management boards of higher education in the state. The Board of Regents serves as the coordinating board for public higher education in Louisiana. The powers and duties of the respective boards are specified in the Louisiana Constitution. The University of New Orleans is governed by the University of Louisiana System. The Board of Regents is the statewide coordinating board for higher education.

The mission of the University of Louisiana System is stated below:

The University of Louisiana System is a public, multi-campus university system dedicated to the service of Louisiana and its people. The System offers a broad spectrum of educational opportunities ranging from technical training at the associate level to research at the doctoral level. It encompasses nine diverse higher education institutions: Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Louisiana at Monroe, and University of New Orleans. While these nine institutions share the responsibility for providing high-quality educational opportunities for the people of Louisiana through a lifetime of intellectual growth, each institution's specific mission is shaped by its historic and unique strengths.

The fundamental mission of the System is to emphasize teaching, research, and community service to enhance the quality of life for the State's citizens. Through this mission, students are afforded experiences to discover, create, transmit, and apply knowledge. The purpose of the System is to provide high quality education that is cost efficient to both students and taxpayers, enabling students to reach their highest potential.

Board of Regents

The primary responsibilities [Page: 2] of the Board of Regents are defined in the Louisiana Constitution:

(1) To revise or eliminate an existing degree program, department of instruction, division, or similar subdivision.

(2) To approve, disapprove, or modify a proposed degree program, department of instruction, division, or similar subdivision.

(3)(a) To study the need for and feasibility of creating a new institution of postsecondary education, which includes establishing a branch of such an institution or converting any non-degree granting institution to an institution which grants degrees or converting any college or university which is limited to offering degrees of a lower rank than baccalaureate to a college or university that offers baccalaureate degrees or merging any institution of postsecondary education into any other institution of postsecondary education, establishing a new management board, and transferring a college or university from one board to another.

(b) If the creation of a new institution, the merger of any institutions, the addition of another management board, or the transfer of an existing institution of higher education from one board to another is proposed, the Board of Regents shall report its written findings and recommendations to the legislature within one year. Only after the report has been filed, or after one year from the receipt of a request for a report from the legislature if no report is filed, may the legislature take affirmative action on such a proposal and then only by law enacted by two-thirds of the elected members of each house.

(4) To formulate and make timely revision of a master plan for postsecondary education. As a minimum, the plan shall include a formula for equitable distribution of funds to the institutions of postsecondary education.

(5) To require that every postsecondary education board submit to it, at a time it specifies, an annual budget proposal for operational needs and for capital needs of each institution under the control of each board. The Board of Regents shall submit its budget recommendations for all institutions of postsecondary education in the state. It shall recommend priorities for capital construction and improvements.

Powers Not Vested. Powers of management over public institutions of postsecondary education not specifically vested by this Section in the Board of Regents are reserved to the Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, the Board of Supervisors of Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System (formerly known as Board of Trustees for State Colleges and Universities), the Board of Supervisors of Community and Technical Colleges, and any other such board created pursuant to this Article, as to the institutions under the control of each.

University of New Orleans Designation

The Master Plan for Public Postsecondary Education in Louisiana, last revised in 2012, is developed by the Board of Regents under Constitutional authority. The Master Plan defines five components of a balanced system of higher education in terms of scope of institution. The five categories [Page: 20] of institutions in Louisiana are: 1) comprehensive research universities, 2) specialized units, 3) statewide universities, 4) regional universities, and 5) community and technical colleges. The University of New Orleans is categorized as one of three “Statewide Universities” in Louisiana. The statewide universities are all governed by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.

The Master Plan defines Statewide Universities [Page: 20] as follows:

Statewide universities offer a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and masters’ levels, with selective offerings at the doctoral level. Research is selective in nature, focusing in those areas of graduate expertise. Typically, moderately selective admissions and higher tuition characterize the state university.

Governance and Operating Procedures

The primary role of the Board of Regents (coordinating board) is to establish policies related to academic standards (e.g., general education (core) requirements) and to develop a statewide budget for higher education.

The University of Louisiana System (governance board) is responsible for establishing policies related to the governance of its member institutions. The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors is comprised of 16 individuals, 15 of whom are appointed by the Governor. The other Board member is a student representative elected by the Student Government Associations of the member institutions. The System President and the Board of Supervisors support the Chief Executive Officer (President) of institutions to implement system policy and ensure that budgetary matters comply with state and system policy. At the institution level, the President oversees the daily operation of the University of New Orleans and establishes policy and procedure at the campus level to ensure effective management, attainment of targeted outcomes, and compliance with Board of Regents and University of Louisiana System policies.  The GRAD Act, Louisiana’s accountability legislation for higher education, establishes performance objectives in four areas: student success, articulation and transfer, workforce and economic development, and institutional efficiency and accountability. Each higher education campus submits an annual performance report related to these measures to the governance board for review.

More detailed information about the governance structure may be found in the responses for Comprehensive Standards 3.2.2 Governing Board Control, 3.2.3 Board Conflict of Interest, 3.2.4 External Influence, 3.2.5 Board Dismissal, and 3.2.6 Board/Administration Distinction.


Supporting Documents

Document Description
Document IconHB1171Act741_GRAD Act_IGrad Act
Document IconLA_BOR_Master_Plan_2012_3_13_4_2Five Categories of Postsecondary Education Units Defined in Louisiana Master Plan for Public Postsecondary Education
Document IconLa_BOR_Master_Plan_State_UnivDefinition of Statewide University
Document IconLa_Consti_Art_VIII_Sec_5Powers of Board of Regents Established in Louisiana Constitution Article VIII Education Section 5
Document IconUL_System_MissionMission statement of the University of Louisiana System