The Honoré Center for Undergraduate Student Achievment


The Honoré Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement (CUSA) was established at the Southern University and A&M College System with funding from the State of Louisiana and other sources to undertake an important challenge: namely, to reverse the trend of fewer African American males graduating from college, while also increasing the number of male certified classroom teachers in urban settings. The project was named in honor of a genuine Louisiana hero and Southern University alumnus, Lt. General Russel Honoré (US Army, Retired) who commanded Task Force Katrina to help clean up the Gulf Coast after the devastating hurricane in 2005.

A cohort of at-risk male high school graduates who do not meet mandated admissions standards for 4-year colleges was recruited in 2012 from New Orleans area high schools for the 1st year pilot project. A 2nd cohort of young men will be recruited for the initiative’s second year demonstration project that will provide them added resources and support needed to complete a college education at the Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) campus.

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General Honore' and Southern University System president Ronald Mason are all smiles on the evening of the Honore' Center 2012 kickoff banquet 8-25-2012 as they pose with all sixteen of the young men selected for the first year pilot program for Black male undergraduate achievement.