Policy 1101 – History and Accreditation of the University

Revision Date: 3/21/2013

Original Effective Date: 1/15/2002

Responsible Office: Office of the President

Reference: Board of Supervisors, Board of Regents Administrative, and Planning Council

The content of this policy will be moved to another location on Tech’s website at the completion of the campus-wide policy review project led by the Policy Advisory Committee.


Created under Act 68, 1894, of the General Assem­bly of Louisiana, the University at Ruston has operated under four names: Industrial Institute and College of Louisiana (1894-1898); The Louisiana Industrial Institute (1898-1921); Louisiana Polytechnic Institute (1921-1970); and Louisiana Tech University (1970 – present).

The College opened in September, 1895, with 200 students and six teachers. Work of the College was conducted in a two-story brick building consisting of eight classrooms, an auditorium, a chemical laboratory, and two offices. Shop work was taught in a small frame building. In 1897, the first commencement was held with one graduate, Harry Howard.

More than 94,000 degrees have been conferred by the University. From 1897 until 1921, the College granted the Bachelor of Industry junior level degree. On June 15, 1921, the first baccalaureate degree was granted. The State Board of Education first authorized the offering of existing graduate degrees as follows: master’s degree programs in engineering, mathematics, science, and education in 1958; a specialist degree program in education in April 1967; and three doctoral degree programs in December 1967. The first doctoral degree was awarded in May 1971. The University currently offers doctoral degree programs in applied computational analysis and modeling, business adminis­tration, counseling psychology, education, and engineering.


Louisiana Tech University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Louisiana Tech University. Initially accredited in 1927, the University has maintained accredited status since that date. In addition, 100 per cent of all programs requiring accreditation by the Board of Regents are accredited.

Unless otherwise specifically stated in the online Policies and Procedures Manual, Louisiana Tech University does not expressly adhere to the guidelines for institutional maintenance published by any non-accrediting association or organization.