Points of Pride
MSU online programs rank highly in U.S. News and World Report MSU is listed in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings on the nation's colleges, getting especially high marks for online engineering and business graduate programs. No. 12 - 2013 Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs; No. 12 - 2013 Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs; Also, The College of Business earned a No. 38 rank for Best Online Graduate Business Programs, and the College of Veterinary Medicine ranked No. 23.
Michael Kardos, co-director of the university's creative writing program, won the 2012 award in fiction, presented by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. He was honored for "One Last Good Time," a 2011 collection of short stories.
W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor Keith H. Coble of agricultural economics received the Southeastern Conference's 2012 Faculty Achievement Award. The SEC honor recognizes university professors for achievement in research, scholarship and service.
A teacher preparation program developed by MSU's Research and Curriculum Unit was designated a national model. The Teachers Academy is designed as a high school pathway for students planning careers in education and training. It was one of two recognized by the Future Educators Association as "excellent."
Mississippi State's College of Business is one of the South's oldest business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
For 30 years, Mississippi State has published the semiannual literary and arts journal Jabberwock Review. The journal publishes work by writers from around the region and around the country, including both first-time authors and winners of major literary awards.
The College of Veterinary Medicine's large animal ambulatory service helps prepare students for practice in rural communities. In 2010, the service made 853 calls to farms. Faculty spent 1,363 hours on farms teaching students and delivering veterinary care to large animals.
The food science, nutrition and health promotion department joined with Mississippi University for Women to provide a new bachelor's degree program in culinology. MSU's department, along with MUW's Culinary Arts program, will offer the joint degree, one of only 12 such programs in the country.
The poultry science department boasts a 100 percent job placement rate for its graduates, with most employed in the state.
MSU's department of geosciences in 2010 was ranked in the top 100 hydrogeology programs in North America by the National Ground Water Association. More than 400 programs were considered in the rankings, based on the length and strength of programs, along with quality of faculty.
John Forde, head of the communication department, was elected to the College of Fellows of the Public Relations Society of America, one of only 14 professionals nationwide named in 2010.
Veteran political science faculty member Rick Travis was named 2010 Mississippi Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The annual program salutes outstanding undergraduate instructors nationwide.
The University Florist has operated on campus for more than 75 years. Mississippi State is one of few U.S. universities offering degrees in floristry retail management. While a full-service commercial enterprise, the florist serves as a hands-on instructional laboratory.
Mississippi State's education programs have continuously received accreditation since 1961. Accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education ensures the university's programs meet the highest professional standards.
Mississippi State has one of the largest cooperative education programs in the Southeast, with more than 500 students enrolled. The program is a charter member of the Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education. More than 10,000 students have participated in the program since the inception in 1955.
The Shackouls Honors College draws regional and national attention because of its size and structure. Although the college includes more than 1,000 students, honors classes typically are limited to no more than 20 students. Students receive individualized instruction from faculty members who challenge them to explore their potential.
Mississippi State's Professional Golf Management program, is the second oldest program sanctioned by the Professional Golfers' Association of America.