LSU President discusses potential articulation agreements with Louisiana School

Natchitoches, La. – Louisiana State University (LSU) President Dr. William F. Tate, IV recently visited the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) to discuss forming an articulation agreement to benefit LSMSA graduates who plan attend LSU.

Articulation agreements allow eligible Louisiana School classes to count as college credit with partnering universities. Currently, LSMSA partners with the majority of universities in the University of Louisiana System Administration, two universities in the LSU System, and two regional private liberal arts universities. LSMSA’s Class of 2021 graduated with more than 3,200 hours of dual enrollment and articulated credit.

“Being able to earn college credit for taking Louisiana School classes is one of the unique, long-term benefits of attending LSMSA,” said Horton. “Our students come from all over the state and their college interests vary, so we were thrilled that Dr. Tate asked to visit our school.”

Dr. Tate, Northwestern State University Interim President Dr. Marcus Jones, LSU Associate Vice President of Research & Economic Development Dr. Keena Arbuthnot, Natchitoches attorney and LSU alumnus Bill West, and Natchitoches resident and LSU Board of Supervisors member Valencia Sarpy Jones toured LSMSA’s newly expanded campus with LSMSA Board of Directors Chair Sharon Gahagan, LSMSA Executive Director Dr. Steve Horton, LSMSA Chief of Staff and Director of Administration John Allen, LSMSA Director of Academic Services Dr. Kristi Pope Key, LSMSA Director of Enrollment and Student Services Emily Shumate, and LSMSA Registrar and Chief Articulation Officer Angela Couvillion.

The group toured the school’s new Living Learning Commons, the Music and Arts Building, and the High School Building, where they met with various faculty members.

“We look forward to continuing discussions about how we can give our students who are LSU-bound the same incredible jumpstart for college that we already have with so many other universities,” said Horton.