Southeastern accepting applications for organizational leadership program

Contact: Rene Abadie
Date: May 30, 2013


     HAMMOND – Applications are being accepted from students with some college credit for a new totally Internet-based degree program in organizational leadership at Southeastern Louisiana University.
     With a focus on disaster relief management, the organizational leadership degree program was approved this year and is being offered in cooperation with the eight other institutions in the University of Louisiana System. The other institutions are offering the degree with a variety of other concentrations.
     Karen Fontenot, interim dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Studies, said the degree is a good fit for Southeastern, which has served as a staging area for various agencies during hurricanes, major storms and other disaster-related incidents. The degree, she said, will help to prepare professionals who can recognize existing and potential areas of disaster and who can plan and implement relief strategies before, during and after incidents.
     "Given the widespread occurrence of natural and industrial-related disasters in every part of the country and world, professionals prepared in the field of disaster relief management at all levels of government and in private agencies are becoming increasingly valuable," Fontenot said.
     The program is intended primarily for individuals who have completed some college, providing them an opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree online without having to go through traditional college courses.
     To enter the program, students must be at least 25 years old and have completed 60 hours of college credit including general education courses. Students with less than 60 hours will have opportunities to earn credit online or through prior learning assessment that gauges skills learned on the job.
     "We anticipate most of our students will be working full time or may be serving in the military and need the flexibility offered through online learning," Fontenot said.
     Courses in the disaster relief management concentration include organizational communication, hazardous materials management, disaster sociology, crisis communication, private and public sector security, environmental and resource economics and a capstone course that tests overall knowledge of the area.
     The degree will consist of 30 hours of courses offered jointly by faculty at the nine universities in the UL System and 30 hours in the disaster relief management concentration offered by Southeastern. The online platform will be seamless, and the cost will be uniform across concentrations and universities. Courses are offered in five eight-week terms each year.
     For more information or to apply, go to the Organizational Leadership web site at
     The degree is offered in cooperation with the state's Center for Adult Learning in Louisiana (CALL), sponsored by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The other institutions involved in the degree and their areas of focus include: Grambling State University, human relations; Louisiana Tech University, project team leadership; McNeese State University, strategic global communication; Nicholls State University, foodservice strategies and operations; Northwestern State University, public safety administration; University of Louisiana-Lafayette, health and wellness; University of Louisiana-Monroe, financial services; and the University of New Orleans, cultural and arts institutions.



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