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Administrator Wins State Award

The Louisiana Association for Developmental Education honored LSU Eunice's Dr. Paul Fowler with its award for an Administrator for Outstanding Service and Support of Developmental Education at its recent state conference in Lafayette.

The award is given to a public servant who advances the cause of developmental education in the state. Fowler currently serves as the Director of Developmental Education and the Pathways to Success Program at LSU Eunice.

Pathways to Success was initiated by a campus wide committee that looked at ways to help students who enroll at LSU Eunice and are lacking skills needed to succeed in college. The program includes several courses to bring their academic skills up to the college level combined with extensive advising, mandatory tutoring and strictly enforced policies on class attendance.

"The Pathways program is really for the students and institutional data indicates that students are succeeding at higher levels and staying in college longer," said Fowler. "Several of our students have graduated with an Associate's Degree in Nursing, Business, and Office Information Systems since the Pathways program began in 2004."

Fowler has presented on the uniqueness of the Pathways program at state, regional, national, and international conferences.

Dr. Fowler thanked the association along with the faculty, staff, and other administrators at LSU Eunice for working together as a team to help underprepared students succeed in a university setting.

The program won a national award in late 2008 when it was named as a national Outstanding Institutional Advising Program in 2008 - one of three in the nation. Interested parents or students may contact Dr. Fowler at 337-550-1433.