By Jazlynn Fead
Meter Staff Writer
Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover has announced the school has officially switched its Honors Program to an Honors College. It creates more opportunities for students who are already apart of the program, while catching the attention of future students who are dedicated to higher learning, according to Honors College Director Coreen Jackson.
The program focuses on leadership, presentation and communication skills and strong academics. With the challenging courses and great amounts of undergraduate research, the Honors College is dedicated to ensuring that students reach heights of absolute excellence, Jackson said.
The University Honors Program has been a part of TSU for over 50 years. Famous alumni include President Glover. Jackson became director of the program two years ago. She applied last year to convert the program to a college. Glover announced the UHP has officially become a UHC in August.
The program is slowly intensifying, said Jackson who soon become Interim Dean for the Honors College. “We are in the beginning stages. We will have experts from the Collegiate Honors Council in the spring to review the existing program and give a few tips on ensuring success while the program is in its transitional phases.” The Honors College is making a front and center appearance in the eye of undergraduate academics. It has began to draw in the attention of the top private schools located here in Nashville. Recruitment for incoming students striving for academic excellence have already begun, she added.
Jackson was elected president a year ago of the National Association of African American Honors Programs (NAAAHP). This year, in conjunction with Fisk University, TSU will host the 24th annual conference. The theme for this year is The Audacity of Vision: Dare to Dream.This conference is major for the growth of the University’s Honors College.
Over 400 students and faculty are expected to attend the conference from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Founded in 1990, the organization addresses the “specific” needs of honors education for African-American students.
The goal is to now provide students with more training opportunities in their field, prepare them for graduate school, and produce individuals who are ready for the the post graduate workforce. We support and encourage our students,” Jackson said. This program will also increase the capability of more students traveling abroad. With all of the new changes, faculty, current and future students look forward to a challenging program.