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LOUISIANA UNIVERSITIES MARINE CONSORTIUM
(LUMCON)
STRATEGIC PLAN: FY2011-2012 THROUGH FY2015-2016**

REVISED

*** NEW! STRATEGIC PLAN: FY2014-2015 THROUGH FY2018-2019 ***

PROGRAM: MARINE/COASTAL SCIENCE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION IN LOUISIANA

Vision Statement

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) will maintain a national and international reputation as a leading marine research and education institution, and stimulate and coordinate and facilitate scientific research among the marine science and education programs within Louisiana.

Goals

LUMCON's primary goals remain to support Louisiana through essential research, education of all levels of society, and support for other institutions or individuals who seek similar goals. In the end, the goals of Vision 2020 —education, economy, and quality of life and Outcome Based Indicators for (1) Youth Education, (2) Diversified Economic Growth, and (3) Natural Resources—are supported. The initial LUMCON Strategic Plan from 1999 that looked forward 20 years is now 10 years dated, and for all attempts to find revisions, the most recent located was 2003 for Vision 2020 . The state is halfway to its original Vision 2020 goals, but operating in a substantially different economic framework, locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. The challenge for LUMCON is to maintain its unique status and capabilities within this different economic framework by enhancing its research portfolio, seeking alternate sources of funding, and re-assessing its service and fee structure and Performance Indicators.

The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program is administered by LUMCON, with primary funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Matching funds from the state budget (declining in the last five years) are required to receive the external federal funding. The availability of this support facilitates garnering external research and education funds. Because state funds for LUMCON and BTNEP are within one line of the higher education budget, the opportunities, results and successes of LUMCON reflect the activities of the faculty and staff of the Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA as well as the BTNEP program.

A restatement and ranking of goals for LUMCON are below. The mission and vision of LUMCON are not altered. Reorganization of the Strategic Plan will reflect these goals with existing Performance Indicators (altered values) and revised Performance Indicators (for more realistic economic status and types of activities that have changed over time).

Goal 1 is "To increase public and private research and development activity in the marine sciences and related fields." LUMCON scientists generate about $3 million annually in support of research programs. The majority of these funds are from federal sources, e.g., NOAA Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research, Minerals Management Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and National Science Foundation; but also State funds, Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana Coastal Recovery Authority; and private industry, aquaculture ventures.

LUMCON's faculty and staff are actively engaged in research that supports better understanding of sustainable coastal resources and the transfer of science knowledge to policy makers. LUMCON researchers and their collaborators from within and outside of Louisiana conduct research within the vital coastal zone of Louisiana, its nearshore coastal waters and the open Gulf of Mexico. The major objective of LUMCON and BTNEP research programs is to stimulate and enhance understanding of Louisiana's coastal regions through independent and cooperative research programs. The results are widely disseminated through the science community, to resource managers and decision makers, as well as to the public at large. The BTNEP program promotes conservation of Louisiana's wetlands through public education and outreach, but also funds studies on coastal resources.

Goal 2 is "To be a learning enterprise in which all Louisiana businesses, institutions and citizens are actively engaged in the pursuit of knowledge." LUMCON seeks to increase student achievement and the number of students completing courses in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Coastal and ocean science disciplines cross-integrate these aspects of education. LUMCON's research programs are designed to support and enhance education programs that address undergraduate and graduate education. Our objective is to contribute and proactively transfer basic and applied scientific knowledge about Louisiana's coastal marine environments (marshes, bays, estuaries and coastal regions) to scientific peers, panels, committees, managers, and government agencies, so that decisions at the local, state and federal level can be made on the basis of the best available scientific knowledge. LUMCON and BTNEP also support environmental literacy for Louisiana citizens.

LUMCON and BTNEP host hundreds of visitors each year from Louisiana, out of state and international. The location of the W. J. DeFelice Marine Center within the coastal marsh landscape is unique and intimately conveys information concerning coastal environments. LUMCON and BTNEP educates visitors from K-12 through the adult population on our natural resources, ecological functions, human-caused and natural change in the coastal ecosystem, and resource stewardship, while exposing them to local culture and traditions.

Goal 3 is "To provide a unique research and education structure, in terms of people, resources and philosophy, that enhances the success of staff, collaborators, visitors and the public in a better understanding of Louisiana's important and valuable resources." The location of the LUMCON Marine Center on the upper end of Terrebonne Bay and its proximity to the Mississippi River delta and Atchafalaya River delta estuary, large estuaries, and expansive coastal wetlands, makes it an ideal venue for the study of coastal Louisiana. The Fourchon Camp, leased from the Wisner Foundation via Nicholls State University, serves access to important chenier ridges and barrier island habitats.

LUMCON is unique among Louisiana higher education institutions in its location, services, and access to Louisiana coastal habitats and waters. LUMCON also provides services not available from other higher education institutions, laboratory seawater systems, a specialized marine science library, a fleet of research vessels and small boats, a facility in which visitors can experience the nature of Louisiana wetlands, and an Environmental Monitoring Program with observing systems in inshore coastal waters, the Mississippi River and the nearshore coastal ocean. These observing systems provide real-time weather and water quality information to a broad spectrum of society. The challenge for LUMCON recently and into the future is to develop a user base willing to support the operational phase of environmental monitoring.

Mission

LUMCON will conduct research and education programs directly relevant to Louisiana's needs in marine and coastal science, develop products that educate local, national, and international audiences, and serve as a facility for all Louisiana schools with interests in marine research and education in order to make all levels of society increasingly aware of the environmental, economic, and cultural value of Louisiana's coastal and marine environments.

Philosophy

Louisiana is a state highly dependent on its coastal resources. Coastal fisheries and offshore oil and gas are two vital, integrated components of the State's economy. Louisiana's coastal communities are increasingly affected by coastal land loss and its impacts on these resources. Eutrophication from river-borne nutrients impacts coastal habitats and Louisiana's continental shelf, including the =Dead Zone.' Toxins from harmful algal blooms and pathogen contamination from improperly treated sewage impact oyster growing waters of the State. Pollutants from a variety of sources impact the state's waters. It is important for these and related marine issues to be addressed from within the state. University faculty and others must have the capabilities for addressing these important environmental issues through their research and education programs. Science education in Louisiana's universities and classrooms must stress these and other issues that are culturally, ecologically, and economically tied to Louisiana's future, and assure that well trained graduates are available to work on these issues. It is increasingly important that an environmentally literate citizenry be trained and instilled with concepts of stewardship of resources so that important socio-economic, environmental, and cultural decisions can be made by an informed public. LUMCON is uniquely positioned—location, facilities, and research and education programs—to work with the universities, researchers, educators and the public to address these important issues relating to the coastal and marine resources of Louisiana.

LUMCON is recognized locally, statewide, nationally and internationally as a center of excellence in marine science and education. LUMCON provides access to Louisiana's marine environments for scientists and students at Louisiana universities and from elsewhere. LUMCON facilities and activities are intended to encourage and stimulate the study of Louisiana's important coastal regions by members of Louisiana's university community.

Goals and Objectives

I. Goal: To conduct basic and applied research that increases the scientific understanding of Louisiana's marine/coastal environment. This goal is modified from FY2011-2015 Strategic Plan, which was "To significantly increase public and private research and development activity in the marine sciences and related fields." These more specific items will be incorporated into objectives.

Objective I.1 - To increase public and private research and development activity in the marine sciences and related fields.

Linked to LUMCON PI #4474, Number of scientific faculty (state), PI#14665, Number of scientific faculty (total), PI#7824, Number of grants, PI#7823, Research grants-expenditures, PI#7822, Number of peer-reviewed scientific publications, PI#4457, Grants: state-funding ratio

New LUMCON PIs (4) will be developed to identify the number of graduate students, Masters and Ph.D., that are advised as a committee chair by a LUMCON faculty member; to identify the number of graduate students for which LUMCON faculty members serve as committee members; number of graduate students, not advised, for which LUMCON faculty assist in their research; the ratio of students assisted (in the above mentioned ways) to the number of LUMCON research faculty members.

Strategy I.1. Increase the number of LUMCON scientific faculty from 4 FTE (at 9-mo state support) to 7.5 FTE (9-mo state support) by 30% by 2016.

Implementation: Aggressively seek funding and scientific faculty members with national reputations.

Strategy Analysis Checklist

Analysis: Impact on other strategies considered. There has been a resignation among the state-funded faculty leaving LUMCON with 4.5 FTE (9-mo state funding for 6 faculty). There are no funds in the FY2010-2011 or FY2010-2011 budgets. However, there will be an opportunity with the retirement of one or more senior faculty members to release faculty salary funds, as well as the opportunity for the state general fund to increase support of LUMCON. Likewise the scientific faculty that bring in 3 months of support (currently 6) and the executive director, who is an active researcher and generator of external funds = 7, would be supplemented by 3 new faculty members for a total of 10 scientific research faculty generating external research funds.

Authorization: Authorization does not currently exist, but there is anticipation that the FY2011-2012 dire fiscal condition will improve beginning FY2013-2014

Organization Capacity: Resource needs identified; executive director will work with Board of Regents on formula funding for non-degree granting institutions

Timeframe: To begin FY 2013-2014

Fiscal Impact: Impact on operating budget; Return on investment determined to be favorable: Yes, the grants:state general funding ratio will increase, once new faculty are at LUMCON and bring in external research funds.

Strategy I.2. Maintain institutional support levels for LUMCON scientific faculty and increase the scientific faculty by 30% by 2016.

Implementation: FY2011-2012 is not expected to generate additional funds for faculty members. However, with a possible retirement in FY2013 there may be an opportunity to hire a new faculty members. The next job will be to aggressively seek funding and scientific faculty members with national reputations so that external research funds increase and subsequently Indirect Cost Recovery Funds.

Strategy Analysis Checklist

Analysis: Impact on other strategies considered. There has been a resignation among the state-funded faculty leaving LUMCON with 4.5 FTE (9-mo state funding for 6 faculty). There are no funds in the FY2010-2011 or FY2010-2011 budgets. However, there will be an opportunity with the retirement of one or more senior faculty members to release faculty salary funds, as well as the opportunity for the state general fund to increase support of LUMCON. Likewise the scientific faculty that bring in 3 months of support (currently 6) and the executive director, who is an active researcher and generator of external funds = 7, would be supplemented by 3 new faculty members for a total of 10 scientific research faculty generating external research funds.

Authorization: Authorization does not currently exist, but there is anticipation that the FY2011-2012 dire fiscal condition will improve beginning FY2013-2014

Organization Capacity: Resource needs identified; executive director will work with Board of Regents on formula funding for non-degree granting institutions

Timeframe: To begin FY 2013-2014

Fiscal Impact: Impact on operating budget; Return on investment determined to be favorable: Yes, the grants:state general funding ratio will increase, once new faculty are at LUMCON and bring in external research funds.

Strategy I.3. Maintain and develop new collaborative research activities between university scientists and LUMCON scientists

Implementation: Promote exchanges of ideas, data, and dialog among LUMCON scientists and external collaborators; develop research projects that will involve students and LUMCON faculty.

Strategy Analysis Checklist

Analysis: Impact on other strategies considered. The increase in collaborative efforts will increase the number of grants and external research funds, and subsequently Indirect Cost Recovery funds

Authorization: Authorization exists

Organization Capacity: Resource needs identified; responsibility assigned; executive director will mentor new assistant professors, continue to communicate research opportunities to faculty members; help in the development of proposals and budgets; provide match from the LUMCON budget as appropriate and possible; consider reduced indirect cost recovery when appropriate.

Time Frame: Already ongoing

Fiscal Impact: Return on investment determined to be favorable; external grants will increase and indirect cost recovery fund will increase.

Strategy I.4. Increase the number of university scientists and students using the Marine Center for their research programs by 10% by 2016.

Implementation: Selection of new faculty members who are active field researchers and who use the unique facilities of LUMCON in their research; marketing and promotion of LUMCON services/facilities available to existing graduate programs and new approved science-related graduate programs.

Strategy Analysis Checklist

Analysis: Impact on other strategies considered; should increase external research funds; should increase use of the LUMCON facilities.

Authorization: Authorization exists; with increases in the LUMCON budget post FY2011-2012 additional faculty members will be hired and the number of students that can be supported will increase.

Organization Capacity: Strategies developed to implement needed changes or address resource needs; responsibility assigned; executive director will mentor new assistant professors, continue to encourage faculty members to mentor graduate students; maintain graduate student involvement as part of faculty promotion guidelines.

Time Frame: Already ongoing

Fiscal Impact: Return on investment determined to be favorable; external grants will increase and indirect cost recovery fund will increase.

Performance Indicators I.1

Output: Total faculty members.

Output: Total funding level of research grants obtained.

Output: Graduate student research activity.

Outcome: Percentage change in number of faculty members

Outcome: Percent change in funding level of research grants obtained.

Output: Graduate student activity.

II. Goal: To be a learning enterprise in which all Louisiana businesses, institutions and citizens are actively engaged in the pursuit of knowledge.

Objective II.1 To increase the level of participation by university students, K-12 students, teachers, and the general public in LUMCON's education programs by 10 % over current levels by 2016.

The existing set of indicators has been confusing, overlap, difficult to calculate, and do not represent many of the current activities of LUMCON and BTNEP because of budget cuts. Fewer faculty until FY2012-2013 so fewer students, courses; fewer K-12 schools and universities can visit; more contact needs to be conducted outside of the Marine Center; lower printing budget, less printing, more electronic distribution; lower budget, lower marine education staff, fewer activities and contact hours. The revised and new indicators will be divided into university, K-12, teacher, and public outreach.

Linked to LUMCON PI#7827, Number of courses taught, PI#4462, Number of students registered, PI#7825, Number of credits earned, PI#7826, Number of participating universities, PI#4455, Number of university student contact hours, NEW, number of university field trips (including graduate symposia), number of participating universities, PI#4468, Contact hours for non-university students, [This PI will be divided into K-12, teacher, and public] PI#4469, Total number of non-university groups, [This PI will be divided into K-12, teacher, and public.] NEW: number of schools/classes and number of K-12 students visited external to the LUMCON Marine Center (rational: more trips out of LUMCON as school budgets drop). PI#17383, Number of new educational products developed, PI#17384, Number of educational products produced, PI#17385, [This PI will include printed and electronic media], Number of products reproduced, [This PI will include printed and electronic media], NEW, number of electronic distributions of educational products; PI#21099, Number of workshops/events sponsored [This will be divided into teacher workshops (#, and # participants) and other public events (#, and # participants). Public events would include activities such as Leadership Terrebonne, adult education seminars, Ichths and Herps Annual Meetings, photography contest (# and # participants).] NEW: number of visitors to the Marine Center registered in the guest registry. NEW: number of visitors to pages on the LUMCON web site. NEW: number of visits to the LUMCON environmental monitoring site. NEW: number of visits to the BTNEP web site. DELETE: number of K-12 contact hours per FTE; this included contact hours by faculty members, a variable number of FTEs, and BTNEP staff other than those identified as "educators."

A plan for transition of the FY2011-2012 Performance Indicators to the revised, deleted, divided, and new FY2013-2016 Performance Indicators will be developed in collaboration with the Division of Administration, Office of Planning and Budget.

Strategy II.1.

Work with the universities to (a) better identify marine science courses and programs on the campuses that can benefit by field programs at LUMCON, (b) increase awareness at Louisiana universities of courses offered at LUMCON, (c) develop courses that will integrate with the new LSU undergraduate degree in environmental and coastal sciences, (d) work with other "coastal" universities to include LUMCON courses in their curricula, (f) continue to enhance university and field trip options and adequately advertise, and (g) work more closely with the two-year and technical colleges.

Implementation: LUMCON has collaborated with Louisiana universities to standardize the LUMCON Summer Program offerings and to provide a breadth of courses that meet the expectations of a summer field program and to supplement courses that can be obtained on campus. LUMCON faculty and the University Education Associate have developed a well-enrolled video distance learning course "Changing Coastal Oceans." LUMCON will work with the universities to expand the distance learning capabilities. Additional information is posted on LUMCON website, with personal trips by the University Education Associate to universities, and with good communications with department chairs. LUMCON and BTNEP will continue to enhance university-level field trips and to convey their availability to Louisiana universities and others from out-of-state. Funding for incorporation into campus courses will depend on the individual university. Additional information to be posted on LUMCON website, and flyers/brochures mailed to as many schools/universities as possible.

Strategy Analysis Checklist

Analysis: Impact on other strategies considered; separation of the university level from K-12 and public will make PI accountability clearer and easier to calculate and document.

Authorization: Authorization exists; 2011-2012 will reduce activities; budgets may improve to increase activities in FY2012-2013 as LUMCON scientific faculty are hired.

Organization Capacity: Responsibility assigned; university education coordinator will be encouraged to continue and increase efforts

Time Frame: Already ongoing

Fiscal Impact: Impact on operating budget; should increase usage fees, dormitory and cafeteria usage, boat rentals, tuition return and credit accumulation to the participating universities; increase graduation rates of participating universities

StrategyII.2 concerning university field trips was incorporated into Strategy II.1.

Strategy II.3. Continue to offer training workshops to provide teachers with marine experience and knowledge that they can transfer to their K-12 students.

Implementation: LUMCON currently has several teacher training programs, mostly in conjunction with BTNEP, Sea Grant Program, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Combining efforts reduces costs, increases the academic inventory, and avoids duplication of efforts among these entities. The LUMCON Bayouside Classroom program has expanded and will continue to enhance environmental science education. Additional educational information for teachers is posted on LUMCON website, and flyers/brochures mailed to as many schools/universities as possible. LUMCON will increase its participation in the State Environmental Education Commission with the appointment of the Executive Director to the Commission.

Strategy Analysis Checklist

Analysis: Impact on other strategies considered; will be limited to the number of environmental education staff, currently at low numbers

Authorization: Authorization exists; 2011-2012 will reduce activities; budgets may improve to increase activities in FY2012-2013 as LUMCON scientific faculty are hired and start to participate in educational activities

Organization Capacity: Responsibility assigned; K-12 and teacher educator

Time Frame: Already ongoing

Fiscal Impact: Impact on operating budget; should increase usage fees, dormitory and cafeteria usage, and boat rentals.

Strategy II.4. Continue to offer field trips to local bays, wetlands, and barrier islands for K-12 students, teachers, and public groups. [The Performance Indicators for this section will be revised, divided, deleted, and added to accommodate a division of K-12 and pubic.] The teacher groups are included in Strategy II.3. As K-12 school budgets decline, there will be fewer groups visiting the Marine Center, using the facilities, and providing usage fees, cafeteria and dormitory revenues, and boat rentals. To continue serving K-12 groups, the LUMCON Marine Education staff will take their field trips and laboratories to the students. BTNEP has one full-time educator. However, many members of the BTNEP staff are engaged in education and public outreach. New and expanded services proposals will seek additional marine education staff. The availability of the LUMCON vessel Acadiana is also a limitation for field trips when it is contracted in support of research programs. A new marine education vessel continues as part of LUMCON's capitol outlay request.

Strategy Analysis Checklist

Analysis: Impact on other strategies considered; will be limited to the number of environmental education staff, currently at low numbers

Authorization: Authorization exists; FY2011-2012 will reduce activities; budgets may improve to increase activities in FY2012-2013 as LUMCON scientific faculty are hired and start to participate in educational activities

Organization Capacity: Responsibility assigned; marine education staff of LUMCON and BTNEP

Time Frame: Already ongoing

Fiscal Impact: Impact on operating budget; should increase usage fees, dormitory and cafeteria usage, and boat rentals after an initial slump.

Strategy II.5. NEW: Offer lectures to public groups, hosts public groups at the LUMCON Marine Center, and promote the LUMCON Marine Center as a destination for visits by the public. OLD: Continue to offer lectures and laboratory programs for K-12 students, teachers and public groups.

Implementation: LUMCON's Marine Education staff provide excellent experiential learning activities at the Marine Center and as many as the number of personnel permits. The LUMCON Marine Education staff also takes the "Coastal Classroom" outside of the Marine Center to regional and state science education meetings and fairs with educational activities. LUMCON currently has two educators who conduct these activities; this number is one less than in FY2006-FY2007. A new adult education program will start in FY2010-2011. New and expanded services proposals will seek additional marine education staff for enhancement of these programs or supplement funds for logistics, equipment, materials, and printing. LUMCON has a biennial public open-house with events to showcase LUMCON education programs and research activities [not held in FY2009-2010 due to budget limitations]. The ability to draw visitors to LUMCON is currently hampered by uncompleted repairs from the hurricane seasons of 2005 and 2008. The LUMCON Marine Center lobby was a showcase of environmental education materials. Continued flooding of the area has precluded its reoccupation until re-construction is completed and environmental education materials revamped and displayed. The configuration of the area will change because the area will not be returned to its original status, and insufficient funds were available for mitigation to make the lobby area more "flood friendly."

Strategy Analysis Checklist

Analysis: Impact on other strategies considered; delayed by hurricane repairs, and the space will not be reconfigured to its original design; delays expected in developing new education materials

Authorization: Authorization exists for hurricane report, up to a point; no mitigation funds provided

Organization Capacity: Responsibility assigned; executive director, marine education staff, and marine center superintendent

Time Frame: Delayed because of hurricane damage; adult education will start in FY 2010-2011.

Fiscal Impact: Impact on operating budget; funds will be needed to redesign and reoccupy the educational spaces in the LUMCON Marine Center lobby.

Strategy II.6. Continue to collaborate with and support the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program in its public education programs on coastal resource conservation, participation in the BTNEP programs and activities, and dissemination of printed materials, videos, and other promotional materials.

Implementation: The BTNEP produces and distributes thousands of booklets, posters, curriculum packages, videos, educational CDs, and technical documents to the public and to educators through various venues such as web sites, festivals, demonstrations, teacher workshops. Their ability to print as much is curtailed due to budget cuts. Their ability to fully operate as a National Estuary Program is hampered, because the state matching funds have fallen well below what is required. The BTNEP is administered by LUMCON, and as the LUMCON state general budget declines so does the state match available from the LUMCON budget.

Strategy Analysis Checklist

Analysis: Impact on other strategies considered; decline in state general fund match is affecting BTNEP ability to continue level of services, education and outreach

Authorization: Authorization exists; but 1:1 matching by state general fund is not currently available

Organization Capacity: Responsibility assigned; LUMCON Executive Director and BTNEP Director

Time Frame: Already ongoing

Fiscal Impact: Impact on operating budget; means of finance identified but inadequate

Strategy II.7.Continue to provide public service to the scientific, educational and public communities.

Implementation: LUMCON's science staff serves their professional community in many support activities, and the entire LUMCON staff supports activities in the regional and local community. These activities will continue to be valued as part of LUMCON's mission.

Performance IndicatorsII.1

Output: Number of students, teachers and public involved in marine center education programs, number of educational products produced, reproduced, and distributed.

Outcome: Change in number of students, teachers and public involved in marine center education programs, change in number of educational products produced, reproduced, and distributed.

III. Goal. To provide a unique research and education structure, in terms of people, resources and philosophy, that enhances the success of staff, collaborators, visitors and the public in a better understanding of Louisiana's important and valuable resources.

This goal replaces a prior Goal "To provide excellent support for LUMCON's research and the education/outreach activities in terms of vessel operations, library facilities, laboratories, classrooms and dormitory and cafeteria services." The amended goal better describes the support provided in achieving LUMCON's mission. The details are broken down by category in the strategies.

Linked to LUMCON PI #s 21621, 12662, 12670, 12668, 12665, 12668, 12663 for vessels; 7842, 7843, 7844 for library; 21624, 21625, 21626 for dormitory/cafeteria. Many of these indicators remain viable and reflect LUMCON support of research and education; others need to be revised with regard to current ways of doing business; others need to be added to help better reflect the unique role of LUMCON in support of marine science and education in the state and out-of-state.

ADD ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING, hits on web site, number of sites.

Objective III.1 To increase facilities and services to levels necessary to support expanded activities in research and education programs through 2016.

Strategy III.1. Make quarterly assessment of the usage for all boats and vessels so future needs can be predicted and met.

Implementation: When demand for boats exceeds available boats, either procure new boats or replace those that are no longer usable. However, it is difficult to keep track of the requests for vessels that cannot be met because lack of vessels or lack of staff to operate those vessels. LUMCON vessels were originally supported (in part) with state-funded staff, supplies and maintenance. This has not been the case for several decades, and the vessel procurement, use, and maintenance must be met entirely from self-generated fees. In addition, many of the vessels are provided at reduced rates for education purposes, placing further costs on the vessel operations budget. This places restrictions on the Pelican but opens many opportunities for scheduling, new equipment, fleet-shared use of equipment, services provided by UNOLS. With the

Research Vessel designation from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Pelican is also bound by certain restrictions in the type of work it can perform for hire.

Strategy Analysis Checklist

Analysis: Impact on other strategies considered; price of vessel usage may affect whether researchers or educators may be able to hire vessels as other budgets within the state decrease. This will indirectly and negatively affect vessel revenues, need to increase rates, and negative feedback into rates and use.

Authorization: Authorization exists; the ability to support all vessel use and support must be balanced with the fees generated to support staff, equipment, maintenance, and large ship-yard maintenance.

Organization Capacity: Resource needs identified; strategies developed to implement needed changes or address resource needs; responsibility assigned to Vessel Operations Superintendent under the supervision of the Executive Director.

Time Frame: Already ongoing

Fiscal Impact: Means of finance identified

Strategy III.2. Make quarterly assessment of demands on library services.

Implementation: Increase library services as needed, dependent on funding. The idea of a printed, hard-bound book, print journals, and print documents has changed dramatically particularly over the last decade. More journals are available via electronic media; some journals are available only in electronic media. The LUMCON Library has seen a shift of "walk-in" users to access through electronic visits. Changes have been made in the Performance Indicators for these aspects of usage to more accurately reflect this change. The costs of subscriptions, however, have not decreased due to a shift in media. With reduced budgets, the LUMCON Library has suffered dramatic cuts to journal subscriptions and had no budget for other acquisitions. The budget is primarily aimed at maintaining electronic services to its faculty, staff, students and other users. Part of this is to subscribe with other Louisiana libraries to LOUIS which is a state consortium that provides electronic source services to its members; the LOUIS system is a cost savings and a major mechanism to avoid duplication in library services. The LUMCON Library, like many others, is becoming more of a "virtual" library. The Board of Regents funding for LOUIS is in jeopardy, and we will not know the results of those budget cuts/negotiations until after the FY2011-2012 projected cuts. Thus, providing Performance Indicators for FY2011-2012 to FY 2015-2016 is difficult at this point.

Strategy Analysis Checklist

Analysis: Impact on other strategies considered; unknowns with regard to budgets identified.

Authorization: Authorization exists; funds continue to decrease

Organization Capacity: Resource needs identified; responsibility assigned to LUMCON Librarian under the supervision of the Executive Director

Time Frame: Already ongoing

Fiscal Impact: Impact on operating budget is nil, because reductions in the state general fund support will be passed down to the Library.

Strategy III.3. Make quarterly assessment of the demands for dormitory and cafeteria services

Implementation: Once the damage from Hurricane Katrina is fixed, we will be in full capacity for dormitory beds. It will take a while to re-advertise the availability of increased rooms, and thus a while for dormitories to increase in occupancy. Also, as state budgets are cut, including universities, public primary and secondary schools, and private schools, fewer schools will be able to take overnight field trips to LUMCON. However, there is often a cost savings when many students are brought (cut down on transportation fees). It will be a while before the trends become obvious. Changes will be made in room and meal rates, but not to the exclusion of having attendance at the Marine Center. Should there be demands on occupancy above the resources, we will make necessary changes to optimize rooms for more capacity and provide the necessary meal services. LUMCON is currently working with a minimal staff in dormitories/cafeterias, having to lay off two full-time workers and hiring part-time employees in response just for the activities that need support. The staffing of the cafeteria/dormitories will be assessed constantly and cost savings determined and implemented.

Strategy Analysis Checklist

Analysis: Impact on other strategies considered; changes in fees, usage, employees will be determined and balanced between costs and income

Authorization: Authorization exists

Organization Capacity: Resource needs identified; responsibility assigned to the Marine Center Superintendent and the supervisor of the cafeteria/dormitory staff

Time Frame: Already ongoing

Fiscal Impact: Means of finance identified and modified as needed.

Performance Indicators III.1

Output: Number of days of vessel use, journal use and use of other library services, and cafeteria/dorm use.

Outcome: Change in days of vessel use, journal use and use of other library services, and cafeteria/dorm use.

APPENDIX I: PROCESS DOCUMENTATION

PROGRAM: RESEARCH AND EDUCATION IN MARINE SCIENCE

I. A brief statement identifying the principal clients and users of each program and the specific service or benefit derived.

The principal clients and users of the LUMCON research and education programs are the LUMCON Executive Board universities: Louisiana State University, Nicholls State University, and the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. Other state universities that are members of the Consortium are Southern University – BR, Grambling University, the University of New Orleans, McNeese State University, Northeast Louisiana University, Southeastern Louisiana University, LSU-Shreveport, Southern University - NO, Louisiana Tech University, Northwestern University; the LSU Agricultural Center, and private universities such as Tulane, Loyola, Xavier, Dillard, Our Lady of Holy Cross, Louisiana College, and many out-of-state universities that seek the unique resources of LUMCON for their field experiences.

Numerous federal agencies, state agencies and private organizations are beneficiaries of LUMCON research programs, including: the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Minerals Management Service, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Commerce/National Marine Fisheries Service, National Aeronautics and Space Administration the Department of Energy; state agencies, including Department of Health and Human Resources, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Environmental Quality, and Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes; private organizations such as Lake Pontchartrain Foundation, Gulf Restoration Network, the Nature Conservancy, the National Audubon Society, aquaculture venturists, Houma Chamber of Commerce, Lafourche Parish Chamber of Commerce.

K-12, teacher, university and public groups from all over the state visit the Marine Center for field trips and other educational experiences. Many visitors from out-of-state also benefit from the programs that LUMCON offers. The greatest concentration of groups is from schools in Terrebonne, Lafourche, and St. Mary's Parish. The Bayouside Classroom has expanded into Cameron Parish, and the Service Learning Center at Tulane University. Many civic organizations as well as the general public visit the facility and learn about important scientific issues. All of these populations served receive education and increased awareness of marine sciences and their economic and cultural value to Louisiana's coastal/marine environments.

II. Identification of potential external factors that are beyond control of LUMCON that could significantly affect the achievement of goals and objectives.

The Administration – With changes in governors and their administration, LUMCON as a member of higher education is subject to any changes that reflect state support of higher education. LUMCON's state appropriation from year-to-year have been a stand still budget at best. Since FY2008-2009, LUMCON has suffered a percentage reduction in state funds as higher education has borne the majority of state budget cuts. The BTNEP state match support has also suffered cuts to higher education, because these funds are in the LUMCON budget and are reduced as LUMCON's budget is reduced. Without increased state funding an increase in the number of faculty and maintenance of LUMCON services will be very difficult to accomplish.

Economics – Within the bleak economic picture since 2008, Louisiana like most states has suffered reductions in revenues. High levels of budget reductions within the state budget were burdened by higher education, and greater reductions are expected for the FY2011-2012 as economic stimulus funding decreases. LUMCON's vision is to maintain its stature as a unique and valued marine research and education institution despite declining financial support through alternative and innovative approaches to funding, reassessment of mechanisms of achievement of goals, and alternative avenues for achieving its mission.

Financial status within higher education – LUMCON is further challenged in its inability to offset budget cuts in that it is unable to increase tuition (LUMCON teaching credits accrue tuition to the member universities) or increase its graduation rate as required to increase tuition (students are enrolled at member universities). These are features that degree-granting institutions of higher education are capable of enhancing but are not available to LUMCON, or any other non-degree granting institution of higher education, such as the LSU Pennington Center. These research institutions generate considerable external funds, but the state general fund support has been decreasing over recent years so that general services are threatened.

Economy and federal agency support – Approximately 70% of LUMCON's total annual revenue (was 60%) are derived from external funds, primarily from federal agencies. Should funding levels for federal agencies supporting marine research and education decline, as they have since FY2007-2008 and will continue to decline as the federal budget deficit is reigned in, LUMCON programs will be negatively affected. Fewer federal resources to marine science research will negatively impact the ability of LUMCON faculty to generate research grants. A similar situation is seen within the Louisiana agencies; their budgets have also been decreasing. As research opportunities and external funding drop, so will the ability to bring in external funds. The net result is less activity that supports general LUMCON services and a reduction in the indirect cost recovery fund that also supports general LUMCON services. LUMCON depends heavily on its research grants brought in by LUMCON faculty to provide the essential new research results that feed into marine environmental education programs. These programs will also suffer as faculty research grants that support the education programs dwindle.

Setbacks from hurricane damage – Located in Cocodrie at the upper end of Terrebonne Bay, and the Fourchon lab near Grand Isle, LUMCON's facilities and vessels are highly susceptible to hurricane damage. Mitigative and protective measures are taken for each tropical storm that enters the Gulf of Mexico, but full force storms will cause damage.

Recovery efforts begin immediately, but larger storms, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Ike and Gustav in 2008, cause so much damage that services may be curtailed for extended periods. At the beginning of FY2009-2010, LUMCON dormitories, the downstairs lobby and information area, post lamps, and the Fourchon dock and bulkhead were still unrepaired. We anticipate complete restoration of the Marine Center dormitories in November 2010 and anticipate improved residency indicators beginning FY2011-2012 after a full fiscal year of recovery of the capacity. The number of visiting groups, however, has decreased also as a result of the economic downturn, and we do not expect recovery of occupancy rates to pre-2005 levels. The downstairs lobby, once an attractive environmental communication area, will not be returned to its former effective space, even with construction, when that starts. The Fourchon Camp bulkhead deteriorated with time but was severely damaged in 2005 and further in 2008, with no repair or mitigation in between times. The bulkhead and docking remain unrepaired, creating unsafe conditions and preventing the effective use of the remote lab for research and education.

With continued loss of barrier islands, salt marshes, natural land ridges, the potential for hurricane damage increases. Protecting the Louisiana coast through mitigation and restoration projects is a prime effort of the state. However, progress is slow and high water and damage potential increases with time that restoration does not occur. The LUMCON Marine Center, however, is a unique feature of higher education and for the entire state, that measures to continue its protection, enhancement, and use are imperative for the services it serves the state to continue. There is a long life remaining in the LUMCON structure, its human resources, and its future potential.

Deepwater Horizon British Petroleum oil spill – Beginning in April 2010 with the Deepwater Horizon British Petroleum oil spill, LUMCON has become a focus of needs, initiatives, support logistics, research space, oil spill effort space, dockage, vessel use, and increased education needs, among others—all with no additional support from the state general budget, or the ability to increase income through tuition increases (see above). Reasonable use fees, comparable to other coastal research laboratories, have been instituted to recover the time of the staff and use of facilities. We are operating under several guiding principles (1) to be as helpful as we possibly can with resources, information, or space; (2) to serve research and education first and state and federal agencies second; (3) not to benefit financially from the disaster; and (4) maintain our vision and missions of research and education. The length of time these distractions will be factors in the functioning of LUMCON and BTNEP is unknown. But, these activities place additional stresses and demands on facilities, staff, time, and psyche, and prevent routine maintenance and normal support of activities. All these will need time to recover.

III. The statutory authority for each goal.

LUMCON programs in research and education are authorized by Act 557 of the 1979 Revised Session; Chapter 28 of Title 17 of Louisiana Revised Statutes as Amended by Act 1243 of the 1995 Regular Session.

IV. A description of any program evaluation used to develop objectives and strategies.

The Board of Regents sponsored an external review of LUMCON's programs in late 2000. The review indicated that LUMCON's programs in research and education are of great importance and value to the state and they should be expanded. The LUMCON Executive Board and the Board of Regents continue to identify the uniqueness of LUMCON and its service to the state's marine research and education agenda. The Board of Regents within the FY2009-2010 have paid greater attention to those institutions that are faced with percentage cuts without the ability to generate outside fees. The uniqueness of LUMCON as a vital state and higher education resource has resounded from the Board of Regents.

V. Identification of the primary persons who will benefit each objective

See Performance Indicator documentation attached for each objective.

VI. How will duplication of effort be avoided"

LUMCON programs in research and education are unique within the state of Louisiana and are not duplicative of any programs at universities or in other K-12 schools. Many environmental education efforts are joint ventures among several entities, such as LUMCON, the BTNEP, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program. The LUMCON faculty and environmental educators look for collaborations rather than competing with other institutions. In fact, LUMCON research grants often include researchers from Consortium member institutions, with a positive feedback to the income of the relevant institution. LUMCON Executive Director, Dr. Nancy Rabalais, has been in discussions with Secretary Robert Barham of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to assess the capabilities of LUMCON and LaDWF in relation to their newly constructed marine laboratory at Grand Isle, so that enhancement is the modus operandi rather than duplication of efforts.

VII. Documentation for each Performance Indicator.

See below.

VIII. A description of how each performance indicator is used in management decision-making.

See Performance Indicator documentation.

APPENDIX II: PERFORMANCE INDICATOR DOCUMENTATION

Program: Research and Education in Marine Science

Objective: To conduct basic and applied research that increases the scientific understanding of Louisiana's marine/coastal environment.

Indicator: Total funding level of research grants obtained.

  1. Indicator type: Output
  2. What is the rationale for this indicator" This is the simplest and most direct index of the level of research activity at the LUMCON Marine Center.
  3. What is the source of the indicator" All research grants have specified start and end dates, and award levels are stated in legally binding, auditable contracts. These funding levels can be compiled internally by LUMCON financial managers.
  4. What is the frequency of data collection" Data can be gathered as necessary but summaries are routinely provided to the LUMCON Executive Director at quarterly intervals.
  5. How is the indicator calculated" Grant funds obtained by LUMCON faculty are summed. Multi-year grants are annualized before inclusion in the total.
  6. Does the indicator contain jargon" No.
  7. Is the indicator an aggregate figure" Yes
  8. Who is responsible for data collection, analysis and quality" Ms. Heidi Boudreaux, Finance Manager.
  9. Does the indicator have limitations or weaknesses" Yes, it contains no information on research quality. Also, because the number of LUMCON scientific faculty is small (7 persons, 4.5 state supported, with intent to replace 1 faculty member and hire 2 new faculty), the success or failure of a few proposals can skew the indicator when it is calculated over a short time basis; the indicator is somewhat volatile and a longer term average of the indicator will be its best use.
  10. How is the indicator used in management decision making or other agency processes" Research is the primary means by which LUMCON contributes to the knowledge base of the marine environment in Louisiana. This indicator (and its components) is used to gauge the overall success rate of LUMCON's research programs in marine science. The level of research funding is also relevant to a faculty member's evaluation, promotion potential and continuance of contract.

Objective: To increase public and private research and development activity in the marine sciences and related fields.

Indicator: Percent change in funding level of research grants obtained.

  1. Indicator type: Outcome
  2. What is the rationale for this indicator" This is the simplest and most direct index of change in the level of research activity at the LUMCON Marine Center.
  3. What is the source of the indicator" All research grants have specified start and end dates, and award levels are stated in legally binding, auditable contracts. These funding levels can be compiled internally by the LUMCON finance department.
  4. What is the frequency of data collection" Data can be gathered as necessary but summaries are routinely provided to the LUMCON Executive Director at quarterly intervals.
  5. How is the indicator calculated" The increase or decrease in funding level is compared to the same reporting period in the previous year.
  6. Does the indicator contain jargon" No.
  7. Is the indicator an aggregate figure" Yes
  8. Who is responsible for data collection, analysis and quality" Ms. Heidi Boudreaux, Finance Manager.
  9. Does the indicator have limitations or weaknesses" Yes, it contains no information on research quality. Also, because the number of LUMCON scientific faculty is small (7, 5.25 FTEs filled, 2 open), the success or failure of a few proposals can skew the indicator when it is calculated over a short time basis; the indicator is somewhat volatile and a longer-term average of the indicator will be its best use.
  10. How is the indicator used in management decision making or other agency processes" Research is the primary means by which LUMCON contributes to the knowledge base of the marine environment in Louisiana. This indicator (and its components) is used to gauge the overall success rate of LUMCON's research programs in marine science. The level of research funding is also relevant to a faculty member's evaluation, promotion potential and continuance of contract.

Objective: To increase the level of participation by university students, K-12 students and teachers, and the general public in LUMCON's education programs by 10 % by 2016.

Indicator: Number of students, teachers and public involved in marine center education programs.

  1. Indicator type: Output
  2. What is the rationale for this indicator" This is the simplest and most direct index of the level of educational activity at the LUMCON Marine Center.
  3. What is the source of the indicator" All university, K-12 activities and scheduled public activities are coordinated by the K-12 Marine Educator and the University Education Coordinator who keep records of all activities.
  4. What is the frequency of data collection" Data can be gathered as necessary but summaries are routinely provided to the LUMCON Executive Director at quarterly intervals.
  5. How is the indicator calculated" Students, teachers and public groups that schedule formal visits to the Marine Center are summed on a person-day basis (e.g. 1 person for 2 days is 2 person days, as is 2 persons for 1 day). Walk in visitors are not included in this indicator, but will become a new performance indicator.
  6. Does the indicator contain jargon" No.
  7. Is the indicator an aggregate figure" Yes
  8. Who is responsible for data collection, analysis and quality" The K-12 Marine Education Associate, the University Education Coordinator, the Receptionist, and the Public Information Specialist, with review by the Executive Director.
  9. Does the indicator have limitations or weaknesses" Yes, it contains no information on quality of educational programs. Considerable effort is continually expended to increase the quality of these programs and to increase the distribution through LUMCON visitors and visitors outside of LUMCON, through visiting schools around the state.
  10. How is the indicator used in management decision making or other agency processes" This indicator (and its components) is used to gauge the overall success rate of LUMCON's education programs in marine science. In addition, its success will determine the level of institutional resources (funds and space) allocated to it.

Objective: To increase the level of participation by university students, K-12 students and teachers, and the general public in LUMCON's education programs by 10 % by 2016.

Indicator: Change in number of students, teachers and public involved in marine center education programs

  1. Indicator type: Outcome
  2. What is the rationale for this indicator" This is the simplest and most direct index of change in the level of educational activity at the LUMCON Marine Center.
  3. What is the source of the indicator" All university, K-12 activities and scheduled public activities are coordinated by the K-12 Marine Educator and the University Education Coordinator who keep records of all activities.
  4. What is the frequency of data collection" Data can be gathered as necessary but summaries are routinely provided to the LUMCON Executive Director at quarterly intervals.
  5. How is the indicator calculated" The increase or decrease in student, teacher or public visitors is compared to the same reporting period in the previous year.
  6. Does the indicator contain jargon" No.
  7. Is the indicator an aggregate figure" Yes
  8. Who is responsible for data collection, analysis and quality" The K-12 Marine Education Associate, the University Education Coordinator, the Receptionist, and the Public Information Specialist, with review by the Executive Director.
  9. Does the indicator have limitations or weaknesses" Yes, it contains no information on quality of educational programs. Considerable effort is continually expended to increase the quality of these programs and to increase the distribution through LUMCON visitors and visitors outside of LUMCON, through visiting schools around the state.
  10. How is the indicator used in management decision making or other agency processes" This indicator (and its components) is used to gauge the overall success rate of LUMCON's education programs in marine science. In addition, its success will determine the level of institutional resources (funds and space) allocated to it.

Objective: To increase facilities and services to levels necessary to support continued and expanded activities in research and education programs through 2016.

Indicator: Number of days of vessel use, journal use, and cafeteria/dorm use indices. Additional indicators of electronic expansion of information and outreach are added.

  1. Indicator type: Output
  2. What is the rationale for this indicator" Days of vessel use are a simple and direct index of the level of activity in vessel operations. Similarly the number of journal users is an index of library activity (modified from high "walk-in" use to electronic visits) and the number of cafeteria/dorm users is an index of use of these facilities.
  3. The number of journals is no longer a reliable indicator because the LUMCON Library has had to assume major cuts so that the LUMCON budget can cover other necessary services.

  4. What is the source of the indicator" Vessel Operations keeps records of all users, library staff tabulates journal number and journal use for assistance in allocating library budgets, and cafeteria/dormitory staff keep records for reservations and billing purposes.
  5. What is the frequency of data collection" Quarterly.
  6. How is the indicator calculated" Only days actually spent at sea are used for vessels; journal numbers are determined by subscriptions, library use is determined by the number of "walk-in" and electronic visitors; and cafeteria/dorm use is determined as number of overnight visitors using the dormitory facilities (person nights and person meals).
  7. Does the indicator contain jargon" No.
  8. Is the indicator an aggregate figure" Yes, but each of the three service categories are reported separately.
  9. Who is responsible for data collection, analysis and quality" Vessel Operations Superintendent for vessels; Librarian for journals and library use; Receptionist for cafeteria/dorm use.
  10. Does the indicator have limitations or weaknesses" No.
  11. How is the indicator used in management decision making or other agency processes" Indices within this indicator category are used to make decisions regarding resource allocation within LUMCON.

Objective: To increase facilities and services to levels necessary to support expanded activities in research and education programs through 2016.

Indicator: Change in days of vessel use, journal numbers, journal use and use of other library services, and cafeteria/dorm use

  1. Indicator type: Outcome
  2. What is the rationale for this indicator" Change in days of vessel use is a simple and direct index of the level of activity in vessel operations. Similarly change in the number of journals and library users (multiple types) are indices of library activity. Change in the number of cafeteria/dorm users is an index of use of these facilities. The occupancy rate of dormitories is an additional indicator of usage and change in usage.
  3. What is the source of the indicator" Vessel Operations keeps records of all users, Librarian tabulates journals and journal use, and the Receptionist keeps records of dormitory and cafeteria use for billing purposes. These data are used for allocating library budgets, and managing cafeteria/dormitory budgets so there are no deficits. The vessel budget is self-sustaining but would benefit from state general funds.
  4. What is the frequency of data collection" Quarterly..
  5. How is the indicator calculated" The increase or decrease in each index is compared to the same reporting period in the previous year.
  6. Does the indicator contain jargon" No.
  7. Is the indicator an aggregate figure" Yes, but each of the three service categories are reported separately.
  8. Who is responsible for data collection, analysis and quality" Vessel Operations Superintendent, Library, and Receptionist/Marine Center Superintendent, respectively.
  9. Does the indicator have limitations or weaknesses" No.
  10. How is the indicator used in management decision making or other agency processes" Indices within this indicator category are used to make decisions regarding resource allocation within LUMCON.

Objective: To increase LUMCON visibility and public outreach through electronic media and additional use indicators through 2016.

Indicator: Change in electronic newsletters and e-News, change in number of accesses to LUMCON web site pages, change in the number of registered day visitors.

  1. Indicator type: Outcome
  2. What is the rationale for this indicator" These metrics provide measures of more intangible successes in LUMCON's presence in the Marine Science and Education venues in Louisiana and outside of Louisiana. Number of electronic visits to LUMCON web pages and environmental monitoring data are tangible measures of use. The number of outside day visitors is easily determined from those who sign the guest book (realizing that not all day visitors will sign).
  3. What is the source of the indicator" Counts on the LUMCON web pages and visitor registry.
  4. What is the frequency of data collection" Quarterly.
  5. How is the indicator calculated" The increase or decrease in each index is compared to the same reporting period in the previous year.
  6. Does the indicator contain jargon" No.
  7. Is the indicator an aggregate figure" Yes, but each of the categories are reported separately.
  8. Who is responsible for data collection, analysis and quality" Public Information Specialist.
  9. Does the indicator have limitations or weaknesses" Number of day visitors is contingent on the willingness of the visitor to sign the guest registry.
  10. How is the indicator used in management decision making or other agency processes" Indices within this indicator category are used to make decisions regarding resource allocation within LUMCON.

APPENDIX III: PROPOSED REALINGMENT and REVISION OF PERFORMANCE INDICATORS FOR LUMCON

PROGRAM: RESEARCH AND EDUCATION IN MARINE SCIENCE

1. (KEY) To increase public and private research and development activity in the marine sciences and related fields by 10% by Fiscal Year 2015-2016.

Performance Indicators – research productivity

K Number of scientific faculty (state) (LAPAS CODE – 4474

K Number of scientific faculty (total) (LAPAS CODE – 14665

K Number of grants (LAPAS CODE – 7824)

K Number of research grant expenditures (in millions) (LAPAS CODE – 7823)

K Grant $ per FTE (science faculty total) (LAPAS CODE – 21578) REVISED

K Grant:state funding ratio (LAPAS CODE 4457)

S Number of peer-reviewed scientific publications (LAPAS CODE – 7822)

2. (KEY) To be a learning enterprise in which all Louisiana businesses, institutions and citizens are actively engaged in the pursuit of knowledge and increase activities by 10% by FY2015-2016.

Performance Indicators – university students

K Number of university students registered (LAPAS CODE – 4462) REVISED

K Number of university credits earned (LAPAS CODE – 7825) REVISED

K Number of university student contact hours (formal and informal) (LAPAS CODE -4455) REVISED

S Number of university courses taught (LAPAS CODE- 7827) REVISED

S Number of graduate students, Masters and Ph.D., that are advised as a committee chair by a LUMCON faculty member (NEW LAPAS CODE)

S Number of graduate students, Masters and Ph.D. for which LUMCON faculty members serve as committee members (NEW LAPAS CODE)

S Number of graduate students, not advised, for which LUMCON faculty assist in their research (NEW LAPAS CODE)

S The ratio of students assisted (in the above mentioned ways) to the number of LUMCON research faculty members (NEW LAPAS CODE)

S Number of university student field trips (NEW LAPAS CODE) was part of LAPAS 20381

S Number of university students on field trips (NEW LAPAS CODE) was part of LAPAS 20381

S Number of university student contact hours (LAPAS CODE – 4455)

S Number of participating universities, courses and field trips (LAPAS CODE – 7826)

S Percentage of total budget to university instructional (NEW LAPAS CODE, separated from LAPAS CODE 21095; K-12 will have its own LAPAS percentage of total budget code).

Performance Indicators – K-12 students more clearly defined

K Number of K-12 field trip groups to LUMCON (NEW LAPAS CODE)

K Number of K-12 field trip groups outside of LUMCON (NEW LAPAS CODE)

K Number of K-12 field trip participants (NEW LAPAS CODE)

K Number of K-12 student contact hours (NEW LAPAS CODE, separated from LAPAS CODE 4468)

S Percentage of total budget to K-12 instructional (NEW LAPAS CODE, separated from LAPAS CODE 21095).

S Contact hours per K-12 FTE (LAPAS CODE 20384) DELETED

Performance Indicators – teacher education and development more clearly defined

K Number of workshops/events for teachers (LAPAS CODE – 21098) REVISED

K Number of teachers in workshops/events (NEW LAPAS CODE)

K Contact hours for teacher education and development (NEW LAPAS Code)

Performance Indicators – public outreach more clearly defined

S Number of public groups visiting LUMCON (NEW LAPAS Code)

S Number of citizens in public groups visiting LUMCON (NEW LAPAS Code)

S Number of citizens groups visited by LUMCON staff outside of the LUMCON Marine Center NEW LAPAS Code)

S Number of citizen contact hours NEW LAPAS Code)

S Number of outside visitors to LUMCON who sign the guest registry (NEW LAPAS Code)

S Number of new education products developed (K-12, teacher and public) (LAPAS CODE 21096) REVISED

S Number of educational products reproduced (printed or electronic) (K-12, teacher and public) (LAPAS CODE – 21097) REVISED

S Number of copies of educational products reproduced (printed or electronic) (K-12, teacher and public) (LAPAS CODE – 21098) REVISED

S Number of adult education activities (NEW LAPAS CODE)

S Number of adults participating in outreach activities (NEW LAPAS CODE)

S Number of adult education contact hours (NEW LAPAS CODE)

S Number of visits to LUMCON web site (NEW LAPAS CODE)

S Number of LUMCON Environmental Monitoring web sites (NEW LAPAS CODE)

S Number of visits to Environmental Monitoring web site ( http://weather.lumcon.edu ) (NEW LAPAS CODE)

S Number of visits to BTNEP web site (NEW LAPAS CODE)

3. (KEY) To provide a unique research and education structure, in terms of people, resources and philosophy, that enhances the success of staff, collaborators, visitors and the public in a better understanding of Louisiana's important and valuable resources.

Performance Indicators – LUMCON services in support of research and education more clearly defined

Vessels:

S Number of vessels (fleet) (LAPAS CODE – 21621)

S Number of days at sea – R/V Pelican (LAPAS CODE – 12670)

S Number of days at sea – R/V Acadiana (LAPAS CODE – 12668)

S Number of days use of small vessels (LAPAS CODE -12668)

S Expenditures to state total (LAPAS CODE -12633) DELETED, no longer relevant because no state generated funds are used in support of vessels.

Performance Indicators - library services

S Number of marine science journals (LAPAS CODE – 7842); numbers drastically reduced with budget cuts. This indicator is kept, but it is not as relevant to library services as it was in FY2008-2008).

S Number of "walk-in" library users (LAPAS CODE – 7843) REVISED; numbers drastically reduced.

S Number of electronic visits to LUMCON Library records (LAPAS CODE – 7844)

S Number of interlibrary loan services or requests through various electronic search engines for resources for LUMCON staff (NEW LAPAS CODE)

Performance Indicators – cafeteria/dormitories

S Number of dormitory users (LAPAS CODE – 21624)

S Dormitory occupancy rate (LAPAS CODE – 21626)

S Number of meals served (LAPAS CODE – 21625)

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*A new Strategic Plan for FY 2014-2015 through FY 2018-2019 is in preparation.

*A Five-Year Master Plan for LUMCON is under development by its Executive Board and Science and Education Advisory Board.

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