Southeastern earns top Louisiana ranking for online offerings
Southeastern has been named the top Louisiana public university for online degree
offerings by Accredited Schools Online (ASO), a website dedicated to helping prospective
students in their college searches.
The report is based on a scoring system that ranks accredited schools using various
cost-to-quality criteria and metrics. Among the criteria used are the number of online
degrees available, subject areas covered, student-faculty ratio, availability of academic
and career counseling services, employment placement services for graduates, and tuition.
“Quality and value are two areas that students and their parents evaluate in
looking at colleges and universities,” said President John L. Crain. “And, the availability
of our online programs certainly contributes to the success of our students.”
Southeastern was cited specifically for its online degree programs for individuals
who have earned registered nurse certifications and are looking to obtain bachelor’s
degrees. Other online degrees offered include master’s degrees in education and doctorates
in educational leadership and nursing practice.
ASO is a comprehensive accreditation resource that provides prospective students
and families with the tools needed to make well-informed decisions about their education.
The full report can be viewed at accreditedschoolsonline.org/louisiana/.
Earlier this year, Southeastern’s online nursing program was ranked in the nation’s
Top 50 Best Value Online RN to BSN Programs for 2015. The program was ranked 36th
in the U.S. by ValueColleges.com.
Last year, Southeastern was ranked the top Louisiana university in online degree
offerings by a different website, Affordable Colleges Online (ACO). The ranking by
ACO ties into other high affordability ratings the university enjoys, including its
ranking of 19th in the country by Accounting Degree Review in a listing of the 30
most affordable residential degree programs in accounting.
Community Music School benefits from First Guaranty Bank sponsorship
First Guaranty Bank is once again providing support to the Southeastern Community
Music School. Partners like First Guaranty Bank play a critical role in preserving
the quality and the tradition of vital community based programs, such as the Community
Music School, said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke.
“The bank’s continued support of this vibrant and growing music program is a
wonderful way of helping preserve the artistic and cultural uniqueness of our community,”
Duke said. “During the past five years their sponsorship has enabled numerous students
in our community to learn to play a musical instrument at discounted tuition rates,
and we are glad to be able to continue offering this option.”
The Community Music School, located on the Southeastern campus and its two satellite
locations at the St. Tammany Center in Mandeville and the Livingston Center in Walker,
offers music instruction on various instruments and voice for children and adults
of all ages.
In addition to private music lessons, Duke said, the Community Music School offers
a number of programs, which allow for children and adults on the northshore and the
surrounding communities to engage in the art of music performance. Such programs include
the Middle School Band Camp, as well as Chamber Music and Beginners’ Orchestra workshops.
Duke said these programs make up the “Summer Music Celebration” and are scheduled
for the last two weeks of June. Registration is now open, and information about the
programs is available at www.southeastern.edu/smc.
For more information about the Community Music School’s year-round program, visit
southeastern.edu/cms, or call 549-5502.
FIRST GUARANTY BANK LENDS A HAND– Southeastern Community Music School Director Jivka Duke, second from left, receives
a donation from First Guaranty Bank representative and Southeastern graduate Danielle
Willie. First Guaranty Bank has helped support Southeastern’s Community Music School
over the last six years. With them are Director of Individual, Corporate and Foundation
Relations at Southeastern Lynn Horgan, far left, and Jane Wear, a Southeastern graduate
and First Guaranty Bank employee.
Alumni Association Tangi Chapter hosts Shrimp Boil on May 13
The Tangi Chapter of the Southeastern Alumni Association will host a shrimp boil
for alumni and friends on May 13.
Scheduled at the Alumni Center, 500 University Ave., the event will take place
from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Soft drinks will be provided, as well as corn, potatoes, and desserts.
The cost is $12 per person in advance or $15 at the door. Advance registration
is preferred. Free hamburgers will be provided for children under 12.
Participants may prepay and register online at www.southeastern.edu/alumni or call 549-2150.
Summer work schedule begins Sunday, May 15
Effective May 15, the university will begin a four-day workweek with 10-hour days.
The officially recognized work schedule for employees of the university will be from
7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a 30-minute lunch break. The University
will resume the four and a half day (4 1/2) workweek on August 7.
The University will observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 30, as a designated holiday
with pay. The University will also be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence
Day, which is a designated holiday with pay.
It is recognized that work schedules within offices/work units may need to be
varied from the officially recognized schedule in order to provide coverage due to
special circumstances. The University has a Flexible Work Hours Policy to facilitate
such requests. The policy can be located on the Human Resources website. An approved
flexible work schedule must be submitted to Human Resources prior to the beginning
of the semester.
Time reports for classified employees are to reflect actual hours worked during
the workweek. In the event an employee is required to work in excess of their officially
recognized schedule, a request for approved overtime/k-time must be processed in advance
through regular channels.
It is recognized that during this period there may be problems that arise which
are not specifically addressed here. Please feel free to contact Sam Domiano at extension
2282 or Ms. Nettie Burchfield at extension 2088 as the need arises.
Traffic changes planned for commencement May 14
Motorists and visitors planning to attend Southeastern’s commencement ceremonies
on Saturday, May 14, should anticipate heavy traffic and route changes affecting University
Avenue (Hwy. 3234) between Interstate 55 and North Cherry Street.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will speak at the ceremony, where approximately
1,100 students will receive associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at
the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center.
Harold Todd, director of University Police, said the section of University Avenue
between West Lion Lane and SGA Drive will be restricted from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that
day. Local traffic will be allowed to proceed on University Avenue for as long as
possible but will be diverted through the campus as congestion increases.
Prior to commencement, the University Center parking areas are expected to fill
early, and all traffic on University Avenue will be diverted. Eastbound commencement
traffic will be diverted to West Lion Lane for parking at the University Center, and
westbound commencement traffic will be diverted to the campus at SGA Drive.
“Traffic will begin to get heavy early in the morning,” said Todd. “We anticipate
the parking areas around the University Center to be filled before 9 a.m.”
Additional parking spaces around the University Center will be set aside for
vehicles with appropriate handicapped placards. Individuals requiring handicap accommodations
should try to arrive as early as possible.
Vacant parking spaces in the Southeastern Oaks/Greek Village complex will also
be used for this event. Residents are requested to use the back gate near the laundry
facility and maintenance warehouse for entering and exiting between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Southeastern Lion Traxx shuttle buses will be in operation before and after the
ceremony to accommodate those parking in outlying areas or needing special transportation
assistance, Todd said. Shuttle stops will be marked with signs and/or canopies.
Drivers not attending commencement are asked to use U.S. 190 (Thomas Street and
Morris Street) or Natalbany Road (Hwy. 1064) to avoid University Avenue traffic.
Southeastern students wishing to return rental textbooks that day should wait
until after 2 p.m. to do so.
Southeastern registration now open for summer, fall
Registration for courses in the summer and fall semesters at Southeastern is now
open for all current students.
Enrollment officials at Southeastern are encouraging students to register before
the end of the current semester or as soon as possible thereafter in order to advance
their course selection process as they work toward graduation.
Beginning freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 30 credit hours will
be able to register once completing orientation.
Summer classes begin June 1, while fall classes start August 17. An increasing
number of Real-World Ready (RWR) classes will be available. RWR is Southeastern’s
initiative to incorporate experiential learning opportunities in an increasing number
Students seeking guidance in course selections may contact the Center for Student
Excellence at 549-3981.
For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at 549-5636.