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MSU Honors Program recognized as ACTA Exceptional Liberal Arts Program

Morehead State University’s George M. Luckey Jr. Academic Honors Program provides a unique and rewarding educational and social experience for academically exceptional college students. Now, even more people will find out about this program’s incredible quality.   

The MSU Honors Program was one of five academic honors programs recognized by The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) as the inaugural class of “Hidden Gems.”   

ACTA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization supported through the generosity of individuals and foundations. The organization is dedicated to academic freedom, academic excellence and accountability in higher education. The ACTA defines Hidden Gems as programs deserving the attention of students who are seeking an outstanding liberal education and can be found at affordable public and private colleges nationwide.   

The inaugural class also includes The Ashbrook Scholar Program at Ashland University, the Honors College at Azusa Pacific University, the Honors College at Belmont Abbey College and the William Penn Honors Program at George Fox University. Each program requires students to complete a rigorous curriculum designed to foster wide-ranging inquiry on questions of perennial human concern while building a community of students who are academically engaged inside and outside of the classroom.  

“We were surprised and very pleased to have the George M. Luckey Jr. Academic Honors Program recognized as a ‘Hidden Gem’ by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. This award is a tribute to the dedicated work of the faculty members who regularly teach honors classes: Dr. Karen Taylor, Dr. Glen Colburn, Dr. Tim Simpson and Dr. Bruce Engle,” said Dr. Philip Krummrich, director of the Academic Honors Program. “The challenges and stimulation provided by their classes combine with learning experiences outside the classroom, notably the requirements for an overseas experience and undergraduate research, to prepare the outstanding students in the program for success. This recognition corroborates what we have learned from our regular assessments and our recent program review: our approach seems to be working, although we will never stop looking for improvements.”  

MSU’s Academic Honors Program is currently accepting applications this fall for the 2020-21 academic year. For more information, visit, email or call 606-783-2205.