LSU Collaborates with Academic Partnerships to Bring Four Top Master’s Degree Programs Online

Press Release: LSU Collaborates with Academic Partnerships to Bring Four Top Master’s Degree Programs Online

Mar. 5, 2013
LSU today announced that it will be collaborating with Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the largest representatives of public universities' online learning in the United States, to bring four of its most popular master’s degree programs online.

Slated to launch this spring are online degree programs from the E. J. Ourso College of Business (Master of Business Administration); the College of Human Sciences & Education (Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Higher Education and Master of Science in Human Resource Education with a concentration in Human Resource and Leadership Development); and the College of Engineering (Master of Science in Construction Management).

"We recognize that higher education has become a global market, and LSU wants to actively participate as our domestic students are coming to see their future as tied to their global citizenship," said William L. Jenkins, interim president and chancellor of LSU. "New technologies and the global marketing network that Academic Partnerships brings us will accelerate LSU's ability to recruit and educate students around the world."

LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart R. Bell added, "The quality of LSU’s business, education, and engineering programs is well known, and we look forward to expanding the reach of these programs while carrying on their tradition of excellence."

Randy Best, founder and chairman of Academic Partnerships, said, "We are delighted to be collaborating with LSU. It is a great American university and a truly global brand. Providing degree programs online will give LSU the opportunity to take its high academic quality to greater scale."

Academic Partnerships was selected due to its successful track record of helping public universities expand access. AP has assisted more than 750 professors convert more than 1,500 traditional courses into an electronic delivery format and recruited thousands of students for its U.S. and international partners.

About Louisiana State University
LSU is the flagship institution of the state of Louisiana and is one of only 30 universities nationwide holding land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant status. Since 1860, LSU has served the people of Louisiana, the region, the nation, and the world through extensive, multipurpose programs encompassing instruction, research, and public service. The quality of LSU’s academics is reflected in the number of nationally ranked programs and nationally recognized scholars at LSU. Since its first commencement in 1869, LSU has awarded nearly 200,000 degrees. That number continues to grow and includes some of the nation’s best and brightest graduates. For more information, please visit

About Academic Partnerships
Academic Partnerships (AP) helps universities convert their traditional degree programs into an online format, recruits qualified students and supports enrolled students through graduation. Serving more than 40 public institutions, AP is one of the largest representatives of public universities' online learning in the United States. The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education. AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the U.S. and globally. For more information, please visit


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