LSU College Of Engineering: World Class Education, World Class Execution

“The change was like entering the land of milk and honey. ClearPoint is easy to use, we can clearly see where we are with our targets, and we can see what we are doing in order to improve.”

Louisiana State University’s College of Engineering is one of the country’s leading engineering schools with some 4,500 undergraduates enrolled in eight degree programs.

When Richard Koubek became dean of the College, he wasted no time in taking stock of its strategic situation. It was mid-recession, but the dean had big aspirations for the College’s five-year strategic plan, Vision 2015.

Alignment & Engagement

The initial software platform the College tried to implement to track results was too cumbersome and difficult to use. People were not motivated to use it, and managing strategy suffered. After researching the available options, Herman chose ClearPoint Strategy for its simplicity and customer service.

Users needed to see their personal connection to Vision 2015. Unlike the one-way process of other applications, in which data goes into a “black box,” ClearPoint enables visualization.

So the team built a system that allows a larger team to see their department’s or unit’s results, which helped generate buy-in and enthusiasm throughout the College.

Fast Track To Economic Development

The strategic management processes the College put in place has propelled the College ahead in all of its strategies. One area that has benefited greatly is external partnerships.

By delivering on its promise to provide Louisiana businesses and employers with first-rate engineers, the state’s economic development organizations have used LSU Engineering as a magnet to recruit businesses to the state. IBM even opened a services venture in Baton Rouge.

A Platform For Continued Success

Since implementing Vision 2015, the College’s total enrollment is up 41% (twice the national average) and it is now the fifth fastest-growing engineering college in the U.S. In 11 months, the College raised $52 million for building renovations—an amount almost unheard of among engineering institutions.

“It’s been a pinnacle year for us,” Koubek says, “with lots of new opportunities that have opened doors. Now we want to let those opportunities settle and see where the next plan should go.”