SAU Honors College

The SAU Honors College was founded in 2003 by Dr. David Rankin, president of SAU. Dr. Lynne Belcher served as founding director and recently retired from SAU. The Honors College seeks and admits qualified students who seek to pursue a serious academic program with equally gifted peers and committed teachers. Honors classes are small and provide academically enriching opportunities for students and the faculty who teach them. Currently, SAU enrolls nearly 170 honors students and graduates about 66% of admitees in four years or less. Anyone interested in applying to the Honors College or seeking further information should contact the director, Dr. Edward P. Kardas at or at 870 904-8897.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Grad School and Honors Seminar

Front Row (l to r): Suzy Toms, Amber Overholser, Neely Dobbins; Back Row (l to r): Connie Wilson, Kim Bloss, and Vanda Crank.

Kim Bloss, SAU's Graduate School dean (and interim Dean of Education) brought five colleagues with her to Honors Seminar today to share information about graduate programs at SAU and about graduate school in general.

Neely discussed the MAT program and teacher education in general. Toms spoke about SAU's graduate programs in Counseling and Crank told about programs in library and library media. Overholser covered the MPA (Public Administration) program, noting that it was for those interested in public service, politics, non-profits, in sum, programs interested in "the public good." Wilson told about the program in Educational Leadership.

Bloss introduced the speakers above and served as emcee. She also related information about SAU's other graduate programs: Computer Science, Business Administration, Gifted and Talented, HALE (Higher Adult, and Lifelong Education, Agriculture, HKRE, and Special Education.

After speaking about SAU's graduate programs, the emphasis switched to graduate schools in general. Speakers covered topics that included: the GRE, the sharper focus of graduate school, assistantships, funding, resumes, applications, and deadlines.

The classes asked many questions and many stated they would likely seek graduate education. Many thanks to all six for taking the time to meet with the honors seminar class.

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