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Katie Barras


Assistant Vice President for Academic Innovation, University of Louisiana System


Katie McGee Barras serves as the assistant vice president for academic innovation of the University of Louisiana System. The University of Louisiana System (ULS) is comprised of nine unique universities that enroll more than ~91k+ students annually. Katie designed, launched, and now manages Compete LA: a statewide program designed to increase educational attainment among the 653,000 adult learners in Louisiana by offering targeted interventions, concierge coaching, and expanded support services to prospective students with some college credit, but no degree.


Previously, Katie worked for the Louisiana Department of Education, leading efforts to create and implement new state policy and practice for alternative education and behavioral intervention. She also worked in student conduct administration at multiple universities, including the role of assistant dean of students at LSU. Her roles in student conduct focused on policy development and implementation, addressing both academic and behavioral misconduct, and supporting struggling students to promote academic success.


Katie received her bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College and master’s degree in higher education from Florida State University. She lives in Baton Rouge with her son, Lex.