College Overview

 

http://www.ololcollege.edu/assets/img/cache/assets/uploads/pic1ps(1)_225_183_c1.jpgFranciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University), located in Louisiana’s capital city of Baton Rouge, is a four-year independent, private, Catholic institution.  The University is a wholly owned subsidiary of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and is sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, North American Province.

Devoted to excellence in teaching and learning, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is a student-centered academic community guided by its institutional mission.  Student to full-time instructional faculty ratio is twenty-six-to-one, with Fall 2015 census reflecting an enrollment of 1687 students. 

Accredited to offer doctorate, masters, bachelor’s and associate degrees, The University’s seventeen academic degree programs are organized within three schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Health Professions and the School of Nursing.

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has an extensive and growing tradition of service to the community.  During 2014-2015 academic year, students provided 61,587 hours of service locally.  In early 2011, The University was named by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Carnegie Engaged Campus.  In addition to this prestigious Carnegie Foundation classification, The University has been named seven times to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll - which is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. This designation has been especially significant since 2012 when the University was featured "With Distinction" - an honor bestowed on only 100 to 120 colleges and universities in the nation.

History of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (Formerly Our Lady of the Lake College)

A School of Nursing is Founded to Serve Louisiana

Established in 1923 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, the Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing began in conjunction with the opening of Our Lady of the Lake Sanitarium in the Capitol Lake area of downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The School was an integral part of the new hospital’s program of service to the community.

Five students from the St. Francis Sanitarium in Monroe, Louisiana, formed the nucleus of the first class of nine students. The students lived, attended classes and cared for patients in the hospital overlooking Capitol Lake. Upon completion of three calendar years of education, the students were awarded a diploma in nursing.

The School Initiates Innovations in Healthcare Education 

The curriculum was revised over the years to incorporate advances in medical science, nursing science, nursing practice, and nursing education. In 1960, in response to the changing health needs of the community and the prevailing nursing shortage, the School of Nursing was the first school in the South to revise its curriculum by shortening its program from three calendar years to 27 consecutive months. Recruitment to the diploma program was intensified, enrollment increased, and the School continued to grow and maintain its reputation for excellence.

The Modern College Begins to Take Shape  
 
During the 1970s, major changes began to occur in the student population. Along with a decline in residential students, there was a gradual but persistent increase in the number of non-traditional students (23 years of age and older) seeking admission to the nursing program. By the close of the decade, the School of Nursing became a commuter school and no longer offered on-campus housing. This coincided with the relocation of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center to its present site on Essen Lane.

In response to trends in nursing education and licensure, the faculty began exploring options in the 1980s to position nursing education within the collegiate setting. In 1989, the process culminated with the decision of the Franciscan Sisters and the medical center administration to transition to a degree-granting institution of higher education. In May of that year, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University of Nursing and Allied Health was registered with the state. Within the next few years, The University began offering Associate of Science degrees in Radiologic Technology and general studies, in addition to nursing. Regional accreditation of The University was initially received from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in June 1994. In July of 1995, The University was officially renamed Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

New Programs are Developed

The late 1990s and early years of the new millennium were a time of expansion for The University, and several new associate degree programs were added to the curriculum. In 1998, The University was approved as a Level II institution to offer baccalaureate degrees, and by the turn of the century had added seven bachelor’s programs. Additional programs were established during the summer of 2000 to offer dynamic training opportunities including practical nursing and phlebotomy as well as continuing education for healthcare professionals.

In response to the regional devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, The University ramped up outreach programs on three campuses in the New Orleans metropolitan area, ultimately graduating over 450 associate degree nurses who contributed significantly to a healthcare system in need. Another noteworthy point in The University’s history occurred in 2005, when SACS granted approval for master’s level programs in nurse anesthesia, nursing and physician assistant studies, making available for area professionals a new level of academic achievement. 

In 2009, The University received a full ten-year re-accreditation from SACS. This process was extremely valuable, leading to some reorganization of undergraduate programs and the development of a stronger core curriculum.  The University has gone through a reorganization of its undergraduate and graduate academic programs resulting in three comprehensive academic schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Health Professions and the School of Nursing.

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Today

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady announced on October 4, 2016 that Our Lady of the Lake College is now Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University. The announcement of the new name kicked off a transition that will include a re-branding, and full implementation of the new name will take up to a year to complete.

Today The University offers 1 doctorate degree, 5 master’s degrees, 6 bachelor’s degrees and 4 associate degrees – in addition to 1 certificate program.  Today, The University has over 1,400 students and a full-time faculty of 76.

In addition to an emphasis on academic excellence, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has continued the commitment to service begun by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. During the 2014-2015 academic year, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University students provided 61,587 hours of service to the community. Recently the Universoty was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service honor Roll for the eighth time, and was the only institution of higher education in Louisiana recognized on the honor roll with distinction.  This commitment to serve ensures graduates will possess a wide range of knowledge and skills which will allow them to continue to fulfill The University’s mission of service to God's people.