As we look back on 2016, it is evident that ULM is showing a rapid rate of growth and achievement across the board. University enrollment is at an all-time high, retention and graduation rates have increased significantly, the international student body is soaring, and university programs and faculty are seeing more and more national recognition. Campus continues to be transformed through renovations and new building projects. Athletic programs have been strengthened in the last year with better facilities, new coaching staffs for football and soccer, the continued revitalization of men’s basketball, and high Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores across the board in all sports. In this Sixteen in 16’ issue, we take a look back on some of ULM’s most celebrated moments of the year—a year marking the institution’s 85th Anniversary.
For the first time, ULM ranks as a “National University” by the U.S. News & World Report. For the last two years, U.S. News ranked the university among the “Best Regional Universities,” so the new ranking is a significant upgrade in status.
Dr. Karen Briski, Professor of Pharmacology, secures a $1.7 million NIH grant to research diabetes—the largest grant awarded to a faculty member in the history of the institution.
ULM implements a new 36-hour, online-only Master in Public Administration (M.P.A.) program. In its first year, the program has enrolled over 60 students.
• Recognized for offering top occupational therapy program in the nation.
• The Master’s in history program ranks no. 4 in the nation by CollegeValuesOnline.com.
• The Master’s in counseling program ranks no. 7 in the nation for affordability by CollegeChoice.net.
• The online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program was ranked no. 1 in the nation by CollegeStart.org.
ULM is tops in the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rate (APR) in the Sun Belt Conference in three sports and beats the national average in four sports.