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Innovative Programs

Innovative Programs

Several innovative programs have been implemented or expanded, including:

  • UM has adopted a First Year Common Reading Experience for all freshmen and others. The first book chosen is “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” and author Rebecca Skloot is giving the address at our annual Freshman Convocation.
  • The School of Business Administration launched a Master’s of Health Care Administration degree program in collaboration with the UM Medical Center.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford, one of the country’s most respected and honored fiction writers, joined the university’s creative writing faculty as a senior fiction writer.
  • The Department of Music is hosting Kallen Esperian as an artist-in-residence for the 2011-2012 academic year. Ms. Esperian is regarded as one of the greatest sopranos of our time and has performed at the world’s greatest opera houses.
  • UM has expanded enrollment of FASTrack, Lucky Day, and other support programs to stimulate the success of at-risk students.
  • The Medical Center established the “2+U” program, an online pathway to baccalaureate degrees for community college students in the health professions.
  • The Center for Manufacturing Excellence, a groundbreaking collaboration among the College of Liberal Arts and the schools of Engineering, Accountancy, and Business Administration, enrolled its first class last year and moves into its new state-of-the-art facility this fall. The center’s mission is to provide students with the technical skills involved in successful manufacturing, along with an understanding of accounting, communication, human resources, leadership, management, and marketing. Its inaugural class included 27 freshmen from nine states.
  • The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College enrolled more than 300 freshmen with an average ACT score above 30.  In addition, UM launched the Provost’s Scholars program to recognize and reward more than 600 talented incoming Ole Miss freshmen for their academic performance.
  • The university helps deserving students with financial needs attend college through the Ole Miss Opportunity program. In its first year, the program provided $459,000 in scholarships to 102 Mississippi freshmen. This fall, nearly 190 new students will share more than $1 million in scholarships.
  • A team of faculty, staff, and alumni collaborated to create “The Ole Miss Experience,” a new textbook for the Freshman Year Experience course. The course and the text are designed to help first-year students transition from high school to college, develop a better understanding of the learning process, enhance their academic skills, and acquire essential life skills.
  • The department of Modern Languages is offering Korean for the first time, bringing the number of languages offered to 10.
  • The College of Liberal Arts has added new interdisciplinary minors in neuroscience, which includes coursework in biology, communicative disorders, exercise science and psychology and cinema – supported by faculty members from art, English, history, modern languages, religious studies, Southern studies and theatre arts, and the Media and Documentary Services department and University Libraries.
  • The Medical Center formed a partnership with Mississippi Public Broadcasting to bring greater awareness to the state’s poor health status and, especially, the problem of obesity.