Sep 24, 2023  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The University


Purpose and Mission of the University

The University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) is committed to serving as a gateway to diverse academic studies for citizens living in the urban and rural regions of the Lower Mississippi Delta. The University offers a broad array of academic and professional programs from the associate level through doctoral degree programs. Complemented by research and service, these programs address the post-secondary educational needs of area citizens, businesses, and industries.

The University ensures student learning by promoting a comprehensive context for the intellectual, scientific, cultural, technological, and economic development of a diverse student and faculty population. ULM values the continued development of partnerships with local schools, government agencies, businesses, and many community organizations.

ULM is categorized as an SREB Four-Year 3 institution, as a Carnegie Doctoral University - Moderate research activity (Research 3) institution, and as a COC/SACS Level VI institution. The University will limit associate degree offerings to 2+2 programs and will conduct research appropriate to academic programs offered and necessary for program accreditation. The University will implement, at a minimum, Selective III admissions criteria. ULM is located in Region VIII.

Location and Historical Sketch

The University of Louisiana at Monroe has a history almost as rich and beautiful as the bayou that winds through its 238-acre campus.

From its inception, the university was created with one goal in mind-to serve the educational needs of northeast Louisiana and to enlighten those from all over the world.

Founded in 1931, ULM has served its scholars exceptionally well for more than 80 years.

One of nine universities in the University of Louisiana System, ULM strives to achieve a standard of excellence for its students, faculty, and staff.

With 8,854 students enrolled as of Fall 2015, ULM’s diverse student body contains students from more than 60 countries and 43 states.

ULM’s landscape has changed dramatically.

Over the last 13 years, ULM has invested approximately $100 million in architectural and landscaping improvements. This project qualified as one of the largest of its kind in the southeastern United States.

In 2012, ULM was honored with a Civic Improvement Commendation from the Monroe Garden Study League, a member of the Garden Club of America.

The centerpiece of ULM’s transformation is the ULM Library, located along beautiful Bayou DeSiard, one of the longest natural bayous in the United States.

ULM provides new, renovated and modern housing options for students, student life activities that keep students involved and interacting with their peers, performances from Visual and Performing Arts, and numerous athletic events throughout the year for students seeking the thrills of competition.

ULM offers traditional and online degrees from three different colleges including the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences, the College of Business and Social Sciences, and the College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Students at ULM excel in many of these fields with 100 percent passage rates on licensure exams for students in Nursing, Speech Language Pathology, Radiologic Technology, and Dental Hygiene.

Below are just a few of ULM’s recent accomplishments:

  • U.S. News & World Report names ULM one of the “best regional universities in the south”
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office awards ULM pharmacy fourth patent for anti-cancer research
  • ULM joins the elite top 15% of schools nationwide deemed a “military friendly school”
  • ULM’s online MBA is ranked the nation’s “best buy;” Geteducated.com awards College of Arts, Education and Sciences 4 “best buys” for online degrees

Accreditation and Professional Affiliation

The University of Louisiana at Monroe is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, postbaccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

The University is committed to the development of student learning assessment plans and the analysis and use of results for program improvement. Many of the departments and schools which make up the university are accredited by specialized or professional accrediting agencies.

Several of the disciplines in the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences have earned specialized or professional accreditation. The teacher-preparation programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree level are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The University is a member in good standing of the National Association of Schools of Music. The University also holds membership in professional but non-accrediting agencies such as the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and it is an Academic Affiliate of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

In the College of Business and Social Sciences, the business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business‑International at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. The Accounting program also has separate accreditation by AACSB‑International. The Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The School of Construction Management is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education and the University also holds membership in the professional but non-accrediting agency, the American Council for Construction Education.

In the College of Health Sciences there are numerous accreditations. The counseling programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Marriage and Family Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Kitty Degree School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  The University also holds membership in professional but non-accrediting agencies such as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing. The graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by The Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The associate’s and master’s degrees in the Occupational Therapy program are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. The Exercise Science (Clinical) program at the master’s level and the Kinesiology (Exercise Science-Clinical) program at the bachelor’s level are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The Radiologic Technology curriculum is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JCERT). The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

In College of Pharmacy, the Doctor of Pharmacy program is Accredited with Probation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. For an explanation of the program’s Accredited with Probation status, consult the Office of the Dean or ACPE. The College of Pharmacy is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, an organization whose mission is to promote pharmaceutical education and research. The University holds membership in the professional but non-accrediting agency, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.