ADF, Louisiana College challenge Obama mandate

February 20th, 2012

Federal lawsuit challenges Obama administration’s latest attack on religious freedom

ALEXANDRIA, La. — Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Louisiana College Saturday against the Obama administration. The lawsuit challenges the administration’s unconstitutional mandate that religious employers provide abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception at no cost to employees regardless of religious or moral objections.

“People of faith shouldn’t be punished by the government for following their beliefs when making decisions for themselves or their organizations,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot. “The Obama administration invented a fake ‘right’ to get ‘free’ abortion pills and sterilization and elevated it above real freedoms protected by the First Amendment. This calculated and intentional attempt to eradicate constitutional protections should terrify every freedom-loving American.”

“The Obama administration has purposely transformed a non-existent problem–access to contraception–into a constitutional crisis,” said ADF-allied attorney and co-counsel Mike Johnson, dean of Louisiana College’s Pressler School of Law. “This mandate offers no choice; Americans either comply and abandon their convictions or resist and be punished.”

President Obama held a press conference on Feb. 10 to offer a “compromise” under which some religious non-profit organizations would not have to comply with the mandate. Instead, the employer’s insurer would be required to offer the employer’s employees the same coverage at no charge. The “compromise”; however, does not exist in the rules or guidance Obama issued on Feb. 10, and the administration is not required to formally propose it.

Theriot explained that even if the proposed change did exist and had coherent boundaries, it would still require the employer to facilitate coverage by providing and paying for an objectionable plan, the costs of which would be passed on to the employers and/or employees via premiums.

“The time for silence is over,” said Louisiana College President Dr. Joe W. Aguillard. “Louisiana College will not sit by and allow this or any government to usurp our God-given religious freedoms and our time-honored Baptist heritage.”

The new lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Louisiana College v. Sebelius, argues that the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as the First and Fifth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

  • Pronunciation guide: Theriot (TAIR’-ee-oh)

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.

LC Nursing Students “Ace” Professional Licensure Exam Two Years In A Row

February 2nd, 2012

The Division of Nursing at Louisiana College is celebrating the latest first time NCLEX professional nursing licensure examination results.  For the second year in a row the class of Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) graduates who sat the exam in Louisiana have passed the national examinations with a 100% pass rate.  The ABSN program commenced in the fall of 2009.  It offers an accelerated route for students with a prior bachelors degree who want to transition into a second career in nursing.  In December 2010 there were 17 graduates from the first cohort to complete the program.  All of the 15 graduates from this year’s December 2011 second cohort who sat the exam in Louisiana have been successful.

Dr. Kimberly Sharp, Dean of the Division of Nursing and Allied Health, expressed her delight with the latest results.  “It is a wonderful result for the hard working students and our faculty and staff team,” she affirmed, “especially given the fact that most of these students (60%) passed the national examination after only taking the minimum of 75 questions.  We are gaining a reputation as the place to come to pass an ABSN program with flying colors.”

Dr. Sharp went on to explain that the NCLEX exam is a computer adaptive test with a minimum of 75 and a maximum of 265 questions, depending on the ability of the students in taking the test. The fact that graduates of the LC nursing program are now consistently passing the professional qualifying exam with the majority of the students only requiring the minimum of 75 exam questions shows that the protocols for admission, content benchmarks and remediation are meeting required programmatic outcomes.

Dr. Sharp reported that the Division of Nursing is currently recruiting for the next cohort of students who will commence the accelerated nursing program in August 2012.

For further information concerning the ABSN Program at LC please contact Program Specialist, Mrs. Myra McKay and for general information about nursing contact Mrs. E. Walker in LC Division of Nursing at 318 487 7127.

Louisiana College Announces Fall Graduates

January 28th, 2012

December 2011
Candidates for Degrees
Bachelor of Arts
Stephanie Michelle Baer1 English Monroe
Kevin Everette Bryson Social Studies Education Pasadena TX
Clint Wayne Dean History Woodville TX
Kristen Michelle Fuselier Christian Studies Alexandria
Amanda Beth Graves English Longville
Vershal Johnathon Hogan Journalism Choudrant
Kenneth Stevenson Kitchen Health & Physical Education Winnsboro
Alice Elizabeth Lind Elementary Education Alexandria
Christopher Michael McDowell Theatre Arts Deville
Jason Joseph McMillan Health & Physical Education Church Point
Alexander Nelson Pebbles Psychology Alexandria
Marlisa Nicole Quinney3 Journalism Alexandria
Misty Dawn Stephens Music (BA) Quitman
Dominique Dontrail Taylor Health & Physical Education Shreveport
Juan Antonio Torres Health & Physical Education Houston TX
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Jordan Bailey Wade1 Studio Art Larto Lake
Bachelor of Science
Kelsie Clark Bookout Criminal Justice Jena
Taylor James Cottano Pre-Physician Assistant New Roads
Seon Yeong Lee2 Biology/Chemistry Seoul, S. Korea
John Peter Michiels Business Admin - Mng/Mrktng Shreveport
Saprina Malbrough Pearson Business Admin - Accounting Church Point
Alisha LaDawn Williams1 Mathematics Bunkie
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Christopher Franklin Bowling Nursing BroomfieldCO
Katherine Grace Courtney Nursing Dallas TX
Leslee Carter Dunkerson Nursing Pineville
Martha Katherine Frank Nursing Pineville
Kashley Kie Hampton Nursing New Orleans
Randall Scott Laborde Nursing Marksville
Brittany Deville Lachney Nursing Deville
Rochelle Ourso Lucas Nursing Pineville
William J Lyan Nursing Alexandria
Cristi Leigh Ann Meche Nursing Carencro
Nicole Mendez Nursing Miami FL
Emily Scalfano Nelson Nursing Monroe
Christopher Lynn Perkins Nursing Alexandria
Jenna Ryan Nursing PhiladelphiaPA
Jordan Paul Sayer Nursing Marksville
Lacey Smith Simmering Nursing Woodworth
James Allan Thomas Nursing Rosepine
Erika Jean Vicencio Nursing Woodbridge VA
Bachelor of Social Work
Marione Soleil Coronel Social Work Apple Valley CA
Natalie Ann Fruge1 Social Work Sulphur
Kellie Nicole Fuselier Social Work Alexandria
1 summa cum laude (3.90 - 4.00)
2 magna cum laude (3.70 - 3.89)
3 cum laude (3.50 - 3.69)

Master of Arts in Teaching
Alicia Wilkerson Ardoin Rayne
Aaron Mark Atwood Alexandria
Kayla Danielle Ayers Critz, VA
Courtney Willis Babin Alexandria
Emma Jones Blackshire Winnsboro
Wendy Lynn Brabham Kinder
Porsha Monic Bradley Saint Landry
Michelle Rose Broussard Cecilia
Brandi Riche Bubenzer Chenneyville
Anita Ann Chenevert Alexandria
Laura Catherine Clinton Lafayette
Cassie Collette Breaux Bridge
Lana Breland Craig Pollock
Kecia Wade Dennis Shreveport
Sarah Michel Ducote Marksvillle
Andrea Nicole Dunbar Jonesville
Randall Louis Dupree Denton, TX
Micah Lane Fikes Keller, TX
Danielle Nicole Frazier Alexandria
Merisa Chante’ Fruge Opelousas
Leigh Cole Fryery Pineville
DeShonka Jeanean Fulton Pineville
Joe Dan Gibbs Leesville
Rita Rackell Goodley Pineville
Barbara Seymour Grandon Monroe
Tyffani M. Granger Sulphur
Jeannine Ann Hardy Opelousas
David Sean Harper Eagle River, AK
Karen Christina Hatten Hornbeck
George Richard Heard Pitkin
Catherine Claire Hebert Lafayette
Sarah Elizabeth Henagan Crowley
Christopher D. Hill Mansfield
Tiffany Nicole Holt Pitkin
Lindsay Carruth Hughes Alexandria
Anna Margaret Hughey Pineville
Jarvis Jamaal Johnson Hutto, TX
Martha Jean Johnson Arlington, TX
Sharon B. Jones New Iberia
Tiffaney Robbins Kelly Shreveport
Melissa Burns Kreideweis Pineville
Marcia C. Lee Baton Rouge
Meghan Elizabeth Lockwood Denham Springs
Melissa Ganey Loe Trout
Marilyn Winn Manuel Oberlin
Scott Anthony Manuel Many
Kathy S. McKoin Monroe
Latasha Renee Mitchell Bloomington, IL
Sonya Kay Moreno Dallas, TX
Jeanne Heath Murrell Pineville
Monica Griffith Noel Pineville
Katherine Renee’ Ortego Ville Platte
Crystal Celestine Pappion Abbeville
Kimberly Kay Calloway Patton Monroe
Catherine McCartney Pittman Jena
Terrica Lynn Player Pineville
Crystal Ann Price Deville
Felicia Felice Ragland Tulare, CA
Mica Kay Reinsch Lake Charles
Paulette Renee’ Richard Opelousas
Marian Juliet Roberts-Simmons Lafayette
Stacy Renee Slayton Pollock
Angela King Smith Sibley
Secret Melody Stagg Alexandria
Holly Swinnen Slidell
Chenile Andrea Tezeno Pineville
Tremeka Todd Waller Oakdale
Jennifer Williams Trowell Bluffton, GA
Kristin Harris Victorian Kinder
Shericka Denise Wallace Natchitoches
Amanda Nicole Welter Baton Rouge
Pamela Gordon White Baton Rouge
Jeremy Joe Williams Pineville
Janie Pennington Zanca Bossier City

Louisiana College Selected For “Best Regional Colleges”

December 24th, 2011

Louisiana College of Pineville, LA has been honored with a recognition by U.S. News & World Report in its selection of “Best Regional Colleges.”
Announcing a special recognition appearing in the September, 2011 issue of U.S. News & World Report published by U.S. News & World Report, Inc., Louisiana College was selected for the following honor: “Best Regional Colleges.”
A spokesperson from Louisiana College commented on the recognition: “This is quite an honor for us. The fact that U.S. News & World Report included Louisiana College in its selection of ‘Best Regional Colleges,’ signals that our constant efforts towards business excellence are paying off. We are proud to be included in this recognition.”
Founded in 1906, Louisiana College is a private, Baptist coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences with selected professional programs. Built upon the principles of character and learning, the College has a tradition of outstanding academics and is the only Baptist, four-year institution in Louisiana.
Following the publication of Louisiana College’s selection for U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Colleges” list, American Registry seconded the honor and added Louisiana College to the “Registry of Business Excellence(TM).” An exclusive recognition plaque, shown here, has been designed to commemorate this honor.
For more information on Louisiana College, located in Pineville, LA please call 318-487-7194, or visit
This press release was written by American Registry, LLC, with contributions from Louisiana College on behalf of Louisiana College and was distributed by PR Newswire, a subsidiary of United Business Media. best-regional-colleges-plaque

Louisiana College Responds To SACS Commission on Colleges Warning

December 22nd, 2011

In April of 2011, the Commission on Colleges for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools visited Louisiana College in order to continue its 10- year cycle of evaluation of the college. Following the visit, the Commission found areas of non-compliance, denied the college’s immediate reaffirmation of accreditation, and placed the school on warning for 12 months in order to allow the College time to respond to the areas it found to be out of compliance. As part of the SACS reaccreditation process that occurs every 10 years, Louisiana College submitted a comprehensive compliance report to the organization earlier in 2011 and hosted an on-site team whose task it was to evaluate areas where the college was or was not in compliance. The warning status came as a result of the commission’s overall evaluation.

In response to the decision announced by SACS, LC President Dr. Joe Aguillard and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Tim Searcy said that LC has already begun the process of answering all the findings of the SACS report, but also noted that LC remains fully accredited during the continued evaluation process.

“This is not a level of accreditation, we are fully, 100-percent accredited and have always been,” Dr. Aguillard said. “In the history of the college, we have never lost our accreditation, and will not now. This is simply a direction from our Commission on Colleges of some areas that need to be strengthened. We have already begun the process of doing just that. The areas that we are addressing are some that our representative from SACS said we have in place. We just need to let them run their course and be measured. That’s what we’re doing.”

“I’ve heard people say we’ve lost our accreditation, that’s definitely out of context,” Dr. Searcy added. “This is just part of the process of accreditation. Now, if you are given a warning, and you do nothing about it, that could turn into probation, and that could eventually turn into loss of accreditation, but we are not going to do that. We are going to respond vigorously, and already have been, to make sure that we correct the points in the standards where it has been identified that we have weaknesses. That’s exactly what we are going to do.”

What will occur next for LC is another review by the Commission in December of 2012. According to SACS, a special committee will conduct an on-site evaluation of its compliance with the Principles of Accreditation—the accreditation standards of the Commission. The Commission accredits institutions, not just programs. The maximum total time during one monitoring period that an institution may be on warning is two years before being moved to another category.

“This warning is official accreditation language,” Dr. Searcy said. “It’s one to be taken seriously, but not one to be taken out of context. It simply means there are still some of the standards on the books, in this case with a warning particularly one of the core requirements that are still on the table for us to straighten up.

“We have a particular amount of time. We have to send in a report in September and receive another team of evaluators in the first of October to look specifically at the things that have been listed that are still for us to work on. We were told that we are moving in the right direction, so we have great confidence that we will be able to finish off the things that are still left and be able then to receive our reaffirmation.”

Furthermore, Dr. Searcy stressed that the current process of reaffirmation, despite the warning status, does not impact current LC students or graduates.

“It doesn’t affect them at all,” he said. “Our accreditation is in full force and their degrees are fully accredited. It would only be if in a long process, it was determined that we are not willing to do what the accrediting agency says to do and we lose our accreditation, then that would have impact on the students, but we are in no danger of that.”

“If you look at the findings of the last meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, you will find that there are many institutions that have warnings or recommendations that they are working on. This is what the process is intended to do – is to help institutions on a regular basis to take a look at what they are doing and to make sure that the quality points are being kept, to identify what is not and to correct it. The institution that goes through a 10-year review without any kind of recommendations is very rare.”

According to SACS, Louisiana College was denied reaffirmation of accreditation and placed on Warning because the Commission’s Board of Trustees determined that, at the time of the institution’s decennial review, it had failed to demonstrate compliance with Core Requirement 2.5 (Institutional Effectiveness), Comprehensive Standard 3.2.9 (Faculty/Staff Appointment), Comprehensive Standard (Institutional Effectiveness: Educational Programs), Comprehensive Standard (Institutional Effectiveness: Administrative Support Services), Comprehensive Standard (Institutional Effectiveness: Educational Support Services), Comprehensive Standard 3.4.11 (Academic Program Coordination), Comprehensive Standard 3.5.1 (College-Level Competencies), Comprehensive Standard 3.5.4 (Terminal Degree of Faculty), Comprehensive Standard 3.7.1 (Faculty Competence), Comprehensive Standard 3.11.1 (Control of Physical Resources), and Federal Requirement 4.1 (Student Achievement) of the Principles of Accreditation.

The cited standards expect an accredited institution to provide evidence that it (1) engages in ongoing, integrated, and institution-wide research-based planning and evaluation processes, (2) identifies expected outcomes of and shows improvements in the areas of student learning/educational programs, administrative support services, and educational support services, (3) publishes policies regarding appointment and employment of faculty and staff, (4) assigns responsibility for program coordination and curriculum development to academically qualified faculty, (5) determines the degree to which graduates attain college-level general education competencies, (6) employs qualified faculty to teach assigned courses, (7) exercises appropriate control over its physical resources, and (8) evaluates success with respect to student achievement.

In December 2012, the SACSCOC Board of Trustees will consider the accreditation status of Louisiana College following review of a First Monitoring Report submitted by the institution addressing the standards cited above for non-compliance, and the report of a Special Committee that will visit the institution in fall 2012. The Board will have the following options: (1) reaffirm accreditation and remove the institution from Warning with or without an additional report; (2) deny reaffirmation of accreditation, continue accreditation, continue Warning and request an additional report; (3) deny reaffirmation of accreditation, continue accreditation, continue Warning or place the institution on Probation, authorize a Special Committee, and request an additional report; or (4) remove the institution from membership with the Commission on Colleges. Commission staff will not speculate on what decision might be made by the Commission’s Board in December 2012.

Both Dr. Aguillard and Dr. Searcy stressed that LC, at this point, is not facing an imminent loss of accreditation despite the warning status.

“There are a lot of things that would happen within that - communication between the college and the accreditation agency,” Dr. Searcy said. “However, I have great assurance, and they also told us at the meeting, that they felt the steps that we are taking are in the right direction. If you are taking steps and making changes, it has to go through a cycle to be able to demonstrate changes you’ve made are taking affect. And a lot of things we are dealing with are along that line.”

“This is the intent of the entire process. Remember, this is not a governmental agency. This is sister institutions. So, if I join a team to go and do a visit for a 10-year review somewhere, I am going as somebody that is in the same boat that they are in. We are helping each other out. It is not an adversarial process. It is collegiality as it were.”

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