Faculty members at LSUA are experts in their respective academic fields or areas; are engaged actively in teaching, research and creative expression, and service; and are committed to helping students survive, thrive, achieve, and graduate from LSUA. This enables students, upon graduation, to be exceedingly well prepared to enter the workforce or advance to graduate or professional schools. Staff members and administrators at LSUA are first-rate and dedicated to their supporting roles in the efficient and effective operation and administration of the University. LSUA is a public institution of higher education that is accredited fully by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Inc. (SACSCOC) to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. All academic courses and programs offered by LSUA are developed, approved, and delivered by LSUA faculty and approved by the LSUA Board or Supervisors and the Louisiana Board of Regents. As a consequence, an academic degree from LSUA provides an excellent foundation for and entr̩e to advanced academic courses, programs, and degrees at other institutions of higher education (both public and private). Students at LSUA have the opportunity to enjoy the full college experience (both within and outside of the classroom) on a beautiful campus anchored by magnificent live oaks; while at the same time benefitting by attending small classes (with and overall student to faculty ration of 15 students to 1 faculty member). This allows students to become part of the campus family and known on campus by their name and personally rather than being lost in a large student body and experiencing a depersonalized educational experience. As a consequence of having its own properly staffed and well trained police force and an excellent crime prevention program, LSUA is one the safest and most secure campuses in the United States.