ULM Honors Program growth leads to student success | ULM Forum 7-12-13
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|ULM Honors Program —Joshua Stockley|
Student success is one of the ultimate goals of higher education. The Honors Program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe offers a springboard toward students’ ability to reach their goals in life. Dr. Joshua Stockley is the director of the ULM Honors Program. He’s also an associate professor of Political Science and Sociology.
The ULM Honors Program is a unique program that seeks intellectually curious students who desire to challenge themselves with new ideas and to work with similarly motivated students. The program is open to all majors and offers various options while working within the degree. Honors students are exposed to more in-depth topics and work closely with the Honors Faculty.
Enrollment in the honors program has increased, and all of last semester’s graduating students have been accepted into prestigious graduate programs, such as ULM’s College of Pharmacy, Columbia University, Southern Methodist University, and School of Medicine at LSU Health-New Orleans.
Students in the Honors Program attend smaller classes taught by professors who interact with and challenge students.
“These courses feature more active-learning and student-centered environments designed to develop critical thinking, critical writing, and critical expression,” said Stockley.
The Honors Program requires a 27 ACT score, and Stockley seeks out potential in his recruits.
“I’m looking for students who have excelled as leaders within their school, who have excelled as leaders outside of their school,” he said.
“Students who have demonstrated a desire not to simply settle for average or enough to get by, but to make themselves, their school, or their community a better place.”
Students in the ULM Honors Program have a 98 percent retention rate and an 88.9 percent graduation rate.
Stockley is enthusiastic about the program’s future. “The future of this program and its students are all very bright.”