Founded: Sept. 23, 1948
Location: Thibodaux, Louisiana
Colors: Red and Gray
Nickname: The Colonels
Campus Size: 287 acres
Namesake: Francis Redding “Tillou” Nicholls, two-term Louisiana governor and Louisiana Supreme Court chief justice
2019 NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY
25 YEAR MASTER PLAN
“I hope that this Master Plan inspires you about the next 25 years at Nicholls. It is consistent with and supports our university’s mission, vision and strategic plan, and is flexible enough to accommodate the inevitable change that is typical in higher education.”
-Dr. Jay Clune, President
UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM
Nicholls State University delivers accredited degree programs and comprehensive learning experiences to prepare students for regional and global professions within a spirited campus environment immersed in Bayou Region culture.
To be the intellectual, economic and cultural heart of the Bayou Region.
Nicholls State University supports values that promote citizenship, concern for self and others, and the desire for a better world by embracing as its core values:
Civic Responsibility: We use our time and talents to serve our community
Diversity: We embrace unique perspectives that all individuals bring to the learning environment.
Excellence: We reach for the highest level of achievement in all activities.
Integrity: We expect fairness and truthfulness in all instances.
Leadership: As representatives of the university, we embrace our role as leaders.
Respectfulness: We respect the rights of others and are responsive to the needs of others.
Responsibility: We are accountable for our actions.
Strategic Focus 1: Student Success and Educational Attainment
Education should improve the quality of a person’s life, by expanding their possibilities and giving them the tools to succeed professionally and personally.
Educational attainment refers to the highest level of education an individual has completed. Research shows that a higher level of educational attainment has many benefits to society, the economy and the individual’s quality of life. Nicholls State University is committed to providing a quality education to its diverse student populations to prepare them to adapt to the changing needs of industry and to be engaged, productive citizens.
Nicholls is also committed to increasing the number of students served by the institution, especially reaching out to more non-traditional populations. Increasing the success rates among all populations of students will be achieved through support programs to provide everyone the best possible learning experience. Nicholls strives to give all of its students a sense of belonging and a foundation to achieve their goals and serve the needs of the region.
The goals below are focused on improving the level of educational attainment at Nicholls:
1.1 Grow enrollment in all populations
1.2 Improve student success
1.3 Provide high-quality academic programs that meet the needs of the student and the region
1.4 Maintain high student satisfaction
Strategic Focus 2: Economic Development through Workforce Development and Applicable Research
Economic development is the process by which a region improves the socioeconomic well-being of its people.
Nicholls is focused on providing programs that meet the needs of the region and prepares students to be competitive in the global job market. Nicholls works closely with regional businesses to provide a workforce that is ready to meet the industry’s current needs and to adapt to a changing world.
Nicholls will support research and scholarly activities that increase knowledge in academic disciplines that benefit the region.
2.1 Enhance external relationships
2.2 Maintain high alumni satisfaction and engagement
2.3 Produce quality graduates to fill workforce needs and be engaged citizens
2.4 Promote achievements of the university
2.5 Support a climate of research and scholarly activity
Strategic Focus 3: Stewardship of Resources
Nicholls State University strives to be a good steward of its resources. Its greatest resource is people, therefore retaining high quality faculty and staff through the creation of an environment of support and a sense of belonging in the institution will be a focus. Nicholls is aware of the cost of higher education and is committed to remaining affordable while also supporting students financially.
Financial resources are also critical to the operation of the university. Making sound financial decisions and improving processes are essential. Optimizing facilities to better serve students and providing more resources for faculty are keys to being good stewards.
3.1 Grow financial resources
3.2 Continuously improve workflow
3.3 Maintain highly qualified faculty and staff
3.4 Develop facilities that support student success and economic development
Francis T. Nicholls
Francis Redding Tillou Nicholls was born on August 20, 1834, in Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish. After his graduation from West Point in 1855, he practiced law in South Louisiana. During the Civil War he rose to the rank of brigadier general. His battlefield wounds cost him his left arm and foot and he was a prisoner of war. After the war he returned to his law practice in Napoleonville.
The Louisiana State Democratic Party nominated him for governor in 1876. His election generally is considered to mark the end to Louisiana’s political Reconstruction and the reestablishment of “Home Rule.”
His second tenure as governor (1888 1892) was climaxed by his successful opposition to the corrupt Louisiana Lottery Company. With his term completed, he was named chief justice to the Louisiana Supreme Court. He retired to his Thibodaux home in 1911 and died in 1912.
Nicholls State University, located in Thibodaux, La., is a comprehensive regional university serving a diverse population of traditional and nontraditional students.
Tax-supported and co-educational, the institution first opened its doors on Sept. 23, 1948, as Francis T. Nicholls Junior College of Louisiana State University. In 1956, the Louisiana Legislature separated Nicholls from LSU and authorized it to develop four-year curricula. Thus, in September 1956, the former junior college began operation as Francis T. Nicholls State College and granted its first degrees in May 1958. Act 93 of the State Legislature in 1970 changed the name to Nicholls State University.
The university is named in honor of Francis Redding Tillou Nicholls, who was born on Aug. 20, 1834, in Donaldsonville, La. After graduating from West Point, he practiced law in South Louisiana. He rose to the rank of brigadier general in the Civil War, during which he was a prisoner of war and lost his left arm and leg. He returned to his Napoleonville law practice, and the Louisiana State Democratic Party nominated him for governor in 1876. His election is generally considered to mark the end of Louisiana’s political Reconstruction and the re-establishment of “Home Rule.” During his second tenure as governor (1888–1892), he successfully opposed the corrupt Louisiana Lottery Company. After completing two gubernatorial terms, he was named chief justice to the Louisiana Supreme Court. He retired to his Thibodaux home in 1911 and died in 1912.
Located in “Cajun Country,” Nicholls lies in the heart of the Mississippi River delta, allowing for easy access to the river, its tributaries, Louisiana’s wetlands and the Gulf of Mexico. The 287-acre Thibodaux campus is approximately 50 miles west of New Orleans and 60 miles southeast of Baton Rouge.
For more than half a century, the university’s strong general education program has prepared students to be leaders in a global society and has enhanced their ability to create a vision for the future. Nicholls capitalizes on the region’s geography and culture by offering distinctive academic programs in the culinary arts and geomatics. With its prime location along the banks of Bayou Lafourche, Nicholls also provides unique opportunities for instruction and research in the fields of marine and environmental science. The university has assumed a leadership role in an area known for its agricultural, fishing, petrochemical and oilfield-related industries. Nicholls continues to contribute significantly to the region’s growth in new technology, manufacturing and international trade.
By maintaining partnerships with businesses, local school systems, community agencies and other educational institutions, Nicholls actively participates in the south-central Louisiana’s development. The university maintains a strong commitment to the well-being of local residents. Through the expansion of health science programs, Nicholls collaborates with a nationally recognized health care industry in the Houma-Thibodaux area.
The university also proudly partners with Fletcher Technical Community College. Both campuses work together to provide complete access to higher education in south-central Louisiana.