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A GUIDE TO HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE NATURAL STATE Special Advertising Supplement of the Arkansas Times

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Dear Students and Families: The 2020 school year has brought with it challenges that are unprecedented in most people’s lives. In the modern era, few health emergencies have disrupted as much of daily life, including the college experience as COVID-19. Ever since the pandemic reached Arkansas last spring, colleges and universities have worked to amend their programs and implement protocols to allow students to complete their studies in a manner that protects them and their instructors from potential exposure. These measures evolve quickly, with some changing on a weekly basis, as schools seek the right balance of access and common-sense distancing. This year’s College Guide reflects these efforts. We’ve decided to print in September instead of our traditional spot in August, to provide the latest information related to the pandemic from many of the state’s institutions of higher learning. In this edition, you will learn about the added safety measures that have been implemented as well as the expanded digital options available to PLAN YOUR VISIT: students in this uncertain time. OBU.EDU/ ADMI SSI ONS We also consider non-COVID topics, 1.800.DI AL.OBU such as updates on new facilities, clubs and organizations, security and ways to relax on campuses throughout the state. And we provide a handy table that gives you a sideby-side comparison of schools, enabling you to make an informed decision about where to pursue your degree. For more than 30 years, the Arkansas Times College Guide has helped parents and students alike prepare for a rewarding college experience, and for all of its challenges, 2020 holds that same promise. Thank you for making us a part of this most important chapter in the life of your family. Be safe,

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DR. JAMES SHEMWELL DR. STEVE COLE, CHANCELLOR DR. ROBIN E. BOWEN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS ARKANSAS TECH NORTHEASTERN COLLEGE COSSATOT UNIVERSITY “We are very proud of the Arkansas “We know you have choices in life—choices “Arkansas Tech University empowers Northeastern College’s reputation for about your friends, your music, your life. We students to apply their grit and transform both personal attention and excellence in would love to be your choice for education. their lives for the better. We rank No. 1 in teaching; however, we are especially proud We refuse for UA Cossatot to be an old Arkansas and among the top 10 percent of the individual achievements and successes and stale college. We love technology and of colleges and universities nationwide in SHEMWELL STEVEto COLE, of the thousands of students who comprise are always looking for DR. waysJAMES to make our providing students withDR. access upwardCHAN DR. JAMES SHEMWELL DR. STEVE COLE, CHANCELLOR DR. ROBIN E. 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HOGAN Alan Leveritt ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY NATIONAL PARK COLLEGE President, Arkansas Times “I want every high school senior in our “There is a lot to get excited about at JIM BORSIG region to know that he or she has a place at National Park College.DR. Join Nighthawk Nation DR. CATHIE CLINE CLINE HENDERSON STATE theirUNIVERSITY research university. I want our faculty DR. CATHIE and be a part of amazing student life, “At Henderson State University,andwestaff offer morethey thanare65respected and EAST ARKANSAS EAST ARKANSAS athletics and campusundergraduate organizations. NPCand graduate programstotoknow prepare youweforall share COMMUNITY COLLEGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE their ideas matter, and that has NJCAA teams foramen and women’s rewarding career. Whether you want goal to study with our ourstudents reach “EACC’s career-ready transfer-ready programs provide “EACC’s career-ready andand transfer-ready the same of helping basketball, men and highly women’sranked cross country, education, nursing or business programs or HOGAN students with the best and most economical education PUBLISHER Alan Leveritt ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES programs provide students with the best and DR. JOHN their highest aspirations. Most ofA. all, I hope baseball and softball.take We offer Brooke Wallace, Lee Major, flightmore withthan Arkansas’s only professional pilot degree, available, complemented by the highest degree of perDR. KELLY DAMPHOUSSE most economical education available, comDR. JOHN A. HOGAN NATIONAL PARK CO COLLEGE GUIDE EDITOR Lindsey Millar and Terrell Jacob for a university community that truly believes 75providing transfer degrees and if your you ACT isto19learn more about we invite Henderson. WeUNIVERSITY encoursonal service. 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DR. STEVE ROOK COLLEGE OF THE OUACHITAS “College of the Ouachitas is changing the lives of the residents of Hot Spring, Grant, Dallas, Saline, and Clark Counties. For 50 years, COTO has been committed to making a positive difference in people’s lives. COTO NCELLOR ensures you have DR. ROBIN E. BOWEN an opportunity to achieve DR. ROBINARKANSAS E. BOWEN ARKANSAS your TECHprograms educational goals by providing ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY and services Tech designed for students who plan “Arkansas University students hoices in life—choices “Arkansas Techempowers University empowers to apply totheir seekgrit immediate employment, transition and transform their lives andtothe lives of others ur music, yourafor life. Wecareer students grit andintransform better. rank toNo.apply 1 intheir Arkansas providing newthe or aWe four-year degree. Nowhere choice for education. their lives for the better. rank No.after 1 in students with access upward socialWemobility else in Arkansas will youtofind the state-ofatot to be an old Arkansas and among thestudents top 10 percent graduation. Over 93 percent of our are from Arthe-art programs cutting-edge love technology and technical of collegeswith andone universities kansas, and approximately of everynationwide four ATUinstudents to prepare youbackground. for today’s r ways to maketechnology our from providing students withhighaccess upward yet comes a diverse We aretotenacious, tech world. Visit us at One College Circle in Over competitive, yet after compassionate and 93 caring. tbook program supportive; is social mobility graduation. on thepercent web atofwww.COTO. edu. We are orprepared to deliver programs in multiple he days whereMalvern your our quality more than 12,000 students thatArkansas, are will innovative, leading-edge Atformats College the are Ouachitas you discover your tuition. We offer ofof learning from and approximately one and We are Techcomes University. Higher Degree ofof You!” small fee andaforward-thinking. many every fourArkansas ATU students from a Learn

myfuture@walton.uark.edu DR. JUDY I. PILE, CHANCELLOR DR. KELLY DAMPHOUSSE BAPTIST HEALTH COLLEGE COLLEGE ARKANSAS STATE BAPTIST HEALTH LITTLE ROCK UNIVERSITY LITTLE ROCK “BHCLR isisa aunique institution guidedguided by by healthcare work- “I want every high school senior in our region to know “BHCLR unique institution that he or she has a place at their research university. I the health careinworkforce needs Arkansas. force needs Arkansas. Weinoffer one-year programs, want our faculty and staff to know they are respected and We offer one-year associatedegrees through several associate degreesprograms, and bachelor their ideas matter, and that we all share the same goal university Our through outcomes in retention, board/ degrees, andaffiliations. bachelor degrees of helping our students reach their highest aspirations. registry passage and graduate placement are competitive several university affiliations. Our outcomes Most of all, I hope for a university community that truly and are available on ourpassage website. in retention, board/registry andBHCLR offers rich clinibelieves that ‘Every Red Wolf Counts.’ ” cal experiences and a Christian environment. Individuals graduate placement are competitive and are who fit well in healthcare have a natural tendency to care available on our website. BHCLR offers rich for others, enjoy learning and challenges and P L exhibit A N YOUR VI S I T: clinical experiences inandalla areas Christianof environprofessionalism their lives. The field O B U .E of D U /A D MI SSI O NS ment. Individuals who fit well health careand there are healthcare is dynamic andingrowing, many more at www.atu.edu.” 1. 800. D I A L .O B U re completely free. If diverse background. We are tenacious, yet have a natural to care for others, avenues to antendency incredible career. Visit our website to learn At Ouachita, we do more job, we have many supportive; competitive, yet compassionate enjoy learning and challenges and exhibit more at www.bhclr.edu.” than learn together. We do will get you trained and caring. Innovative, leading-edge and professionalism in all areas of their lives. The king for a university forward-thinking—we are Arkansas Tech life together. As a nationallyfield of health care is dynamic and growing joy the community University. Learn more at www.atu.edu.” and there are many avenues to an incredible ranked, top-tier university, hen make the leap to career. Visit our website to learn more at we pride ourselves in We are excited about www.bhclr.edu.” offering high-impact learning DR. ESTERS ESTERS DR. EVELYN E. JORGENSON DR.RANDY RANDY r and hope to be your experiences that will prepare NORTH ARKANSAS COLLEGE COLLEGE NORTHWEST ARKANSAS NORTH ARKANSAS ation!”     you for future career. “North College ranks the your COLLEGE “NorthArkansas Arkansas College isasranked as the 4thCOMMUNITY Best OnlineOur commitment to a love of Arkansas God Commun Community College in Arkansas (Guide to Online Schools) 17th Best Community College and the “NorthWest and love of learning meanslives, inspir and is theAffordable first FANUC Authorized Satellite Training 24th Most Community College seeks toCenter empower for Robotics in Arkansas. Enrollment is growing, with acommunity you’ll leave here ready to through that Offers Online Degrees in the nation.   strengthen 17% increase in the 2020 summer semester. A new uniengage world –quality andeducation a We’re excited to announce a new online with theaffordable, DR. JOHN A. HOGAN versityformat partnership laboratory hybrid delivery ofwith our UAMS Medicalallows Laborathroughout Benton makemedical a difference in it.and Washi NATIONAL PARK COLLEGE DR. W. JOSEPH (JOEY) KING technology grads to earn their bachelor’s degree without DR. W. JOSEPH “JOEY” KING “There is a lot to get excited about at National Park tory Technology (MLT) program.  Coursework We focus on providing what o LYON COLLEGE leaving their hometown. Our Lady Pioneer women’s LYON COLLEGE College. Join Nighthawk Nation and be a part of amazing isever online and and the clinical is completed in recognized need, basketball teams were as whether Teams that’s adult bas “Lyon College leads the way in preparing “A Lyon degree will always carry merit. Every year our student life, athletics and campus organizations. NPC has a facility near the softball student’s home. We’ve new Ouachita job skills for today’s work Come see how of Distinction by the NJCAA and 15 athletes were named students for today’s The skills successful job apcommunity hears workforce. about a graduate’s NJCAA teams for men and women’s basketball, men’s added four university partnership agreefoundation pursue a four-y canlike invest in toyou. All Academic Athletes. Industry partners Big Cedar plication or graduate school interview and how attending and women’s cross country, baseball and softball. We sought by employers--critical thinking, ments: Arkansas Tech University, John Brown and post-graduate Lodge, the Springfield Cardinals and others fuel a new We would love tostudy. NWA Lyon set them apart from those the competition. offer more than 75 transfer degrees, and if your ACT is leadership, collaboration--are in which In fact, the University, theManagement University of Arkansas Samwith environment that inspires stud Sports Turf program apprenshow around! very skills sought by employers 19 or higher, you may qualify for scholarships. Nearly 95 M. Walton College of Business, and Evangel paidyou our graduates excel. Small class sizestoday foster— critical thinking, courages them to maximize th ticeship opportunities. We pride ourselves in providing leadership, communication, collaboration — are those in percent of NPC students receive financial aid and scholarUniversity Internships FedExyou a high-quality a family recently. atmosphere whilewith giving mentoring between students and faculty which graduates of LyonDAMPHOUSSE College excel. This excellence is ships. year, NPC DR. KELLY ELAINE Last KNEEBONE, J.D. students received over $7.5 million education at an affordable price. I’d like to extend a Freight, Tyson Foods and Pace Industries indue an interdisciplinary liberal arts program in no small part to class sizes that foster one-on-one in grants and scholarships. At National Park College, you ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY OLLEGE personal invitation to you to visit our campus and tour enable students to get hands-on experience mentoring between faculty. campus where experiential learning andhigh aand culture ofseniorOur can have a full college experience — close to home — at wantstudents every school in our “At Henderson State University, we xcited about at community has“Iidentified Northark for yourself.” while they pursue their education. We priorities that will serve as our less than halfability the cost of the average committed region to We knowarethat he or she has a place at believe in the of every student to four-year university. oin Nighthawkinnovation Nation arein embraced. are a nationally recognized college with a guidepost the next decade, including the additions of Our experiencedWefaculty andthan staff65are committed to your to a diverse and inclusive residential their research university. I want our faculty be extraordinary. offer more ng student life,exercise science and data science as majors. We have also success in the workforce. Find your path at np.edu.” small-town feel. I’d like to extend a personal community focusedandonour educating staff to knowthe theywhole are respected and is the undergraduate and graduate programs to ganizations. NPC greatly expanded varsity and club sports: Lyon invitation to you to visit us in Harrison and person. Campusinpriorities restoring their ideasinclude matter, and that we all share scholar- prepare you for the career of your dreams. en and women’s first college the state to offer collegiate archery tour Northark for yourself.  We are proud to themajor same and goal ofcare helping ourour students reach and Whether you want to study with our highly aships. computer addition Mostscience importantly, wethe about students, omen’s cross country, be Pioneers!” theirtostudies highest aspirations. Most of and all, I learning hope ranked education, nursing, or business wea film are dedicated providing aWe safehave living and media minor. We offer more ofthan environment where theyclub cansports, flourish. what this programs or take flight with Arkansas’s for a and university community thatmatter truly believes and No d if your ACT isalso 19 expanded varsity PUBLISHER Alan Leveritt ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES school year brings, LyontoRed remains committed thatgamer ‘Every Wolfthe Counts.’ only professional pilot degree, we invite lify for scholarships. Brooke Wallace, Lee Major, have a professional coach new ” to establishing an inclusive community focused on educating the COLLEGE EDITOR you to visit our campus.GUIDE Henderson State Lindsey Millar and Terrell Jacob PC students receive esports program, offering another “only at whole person. I invite you and your family to learn more University encourages scholarly and creative rships. Last year, NPCexperience. Lyon” ROTC Lyon military science DIRECTOR Mandy Keener ADVERTISING ASSISTANT about what has Amade such an exceptional place for activitiesCREATIVE in a caring, personal atmosphere $7.5 million inconcentration grants Hannah Peacock is planned, along with an nearly 150 years.” that reflects the university’s motto for more tional Park College, DR. TERISA C. RILEY, CHANCEL exercise science major and minor, pending DIRECTOR OF with DIGITAL STRATEGY Jordan Little ADVERTISING TRAFFIC MANAGER than a century, ‘The School a Heart.’ ege experience– UNIVERSITY OF ARKANS final approval by the college’s accreditor. Roland R. Gladden Learn what it means toSupplement Live Reddie at of the Arkansas ARKANSASTIMES.COM SEPTEMBER 2020 3 than half the Lyon cost is the only pet-friendly campus across Special Advertising Times FORT SMITH ADVERTISING ART DIRECTOR Mike Spain hsu.edu. GRAPHIC DESIGNER Katie Hassell IT DIRECTOR Robert Curfman r university. Our “The University of Arkansas–F the region, and a newly opened dog park CIRCULATION DIRECTOR Anitra Hickman staff are committed offers a transformational educ DR. JUDY I. PILE, CHANCELLOR

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teachers, architects, engineers and lawyers. We’re routinely recognized as one of the best values in higher education, and Fayetteville has been ranked among the nation’s best places to live. I encourage you to come see why.”

making a huge difference in Our core values of empowerment and Internshipswho University recently. withare FedEx Freight, Tyson comFoods and PaceArkansas Industriesand beyond. Go Bears!” accountability drive our tight-knit studentsWhat to get hands-on experience munity of educators enable and learners. whileout—strong they pursue their education. We truly makes UAPB stand recognized college with a support from faculty are a nationally and administration small-town feel. I’dthelike to extend a personal and the familial atmosphere—create to you to visit us in Harrison and optimal environmentinvitation for student success. tour Northark for And our 1890 land-grant designationyourself.  We are proud to be Pioneers!” continues to pave the way for innovations in technology, agriculture, medicine and business. UAPB shapes the minds that go on to reshape the world.”

experiences in their respective fields. With 99 percent placement rate for new gradua and record retention for current students, Ouachita is committed to providing student with a college experience that shapes their lives and sets them on a trajectory for success. At Ouachita, our students are truly known–by the dedicated faculty and staff who take a personal interest in them, and the close-knit campus community they do life with.”

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DR. TERISA C. RILEY, CHANCELLOR  UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS – DR. KARLA HUGHES, CHANCELLOR FORT SMITH UNIVERSITY OFPH.D. ARKANSAS DR.RICHARD RICHARD RODERICK L. SMOTHERS SR., DR. JEROME DR. DAWE DAWE “The University of Arkansas–Fort Smith GREEN AT MONTICELLO OZARKA COLLEGE PRESIDENT AND CEO SHORTER COLLEGE OZARKA COLLEGE a transformational educational “OzarkaCollege Collegehashasbeen been committed to our students for PHILANDER SMITH “Shorter is committed to its motto, ‘Your Path to “UAM is a place whereoffers opportunity “Ozarka committed experience, where students learnWefrom JASON L. MORRISON, ED.D. 45 years and we continuously strive for ways to enhance “While life as we have known it has been drastically Possible.’ are graduating students that are capable abounds.  Students come to UAM for to students experience for more thanand40toyears highly-trained professors in state-of-the art SOUTHERN ARKANSAS ourourstudents’ offer the highest quality altered in recent months,small it remains true thatfaculty Philander and equipped to compete not justDR. within the state of ANDREW ROGERSON classes where know who and we continuously strive rates. for ways facilities. UAFS lives Arkansas, up to the promise of UNIVERSITY education at affordable Wetoare passionate about Smith CollegeTECH is a beacon of hope for those with a thirst but nationally. Since our founding, Shorter UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS they areofand care about their success. providing both a deep and richhasknowledge enhance students’educational experience and providingourexcellent opportunities to help for knowledge andforward big dreams scholastic achievement. College been ininthe business AT of transforming lives “SAU Tech is moving at a fast pace LITTLE ROCK Life-long area major developed students their careers Our the guiding principles caringforforfriendships our students with a premier, quality area ofwhile studybyasproviding well as engaging with inclusion of NJCAAofsoftball fallour community, to offer thesucceed highestinquality educationand in life.” “As chancellor of thehigher University of Arkansa students pursue an academic path thattheyeducation. remaining student-centered and mission-focused, and Onecritically, of our primary goals is to enrich students so that learn to think 2019. The Rockets’ first basketball season at affordable rates. We are passionate DR. MARGARET A. ELLIBEE at Little Rock, I invite executing operational are us in themore and student servicesstudents to to consider will theirleading future.communicate We have expertlyacademic and workinstructional with diverse programs an went beyondinexpectations andexcellence we change are excited about providing excellent educational UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS education in the state’s capital city, new normal — providing the inspiration for our commitendow students with the knowledge, skills and abilities thansummer, 70 distinct programs for students at are prepared to teams. Our graduates to gearCOLLEGE up for another year. Next opportunities to help students succeed in where accessproductive to many research, internship, PULASKI TECHNICAL ment to produce world-class graduates who arecompete making to become scholastically and professionally three southeast Arkansas campuses–our nationally for jobs in their chosen we will be adding an addition to our health their careers and in life.” and employment “UA-Pulaski Tech’s longstanding reputa- in the world. Through the lens of a positive difference in today’s global society. 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Whether a studentarepursues universi-to a busy and successful lookinga forward an engine of social and economic mobility at UAM is a great first step toward your ty-transfer degree or2019-20 needs cutting-edge academic year. Be Great! Be Tech!” for Arkansas. Come by for a visit and learn professional goals. We’re ready to invest technical training, it’s the personal touch about all UA Little Rock offers.” in you and your success. Go Weevils!”

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PAYING FOR COLLEGE

While it is a fact that college degree holders earn more money over their lifetime than non-degree holders, it’s also a fact that paying for higher education is a challenge. Fortunately, there are a variety of financial aid options available for students and their families to consider. ARKANSAS NORTHEASTERN COLLEGE

Over 88 percent of the student body received some form of aid in the fall 2018 semester. In addition to federal and state aid, the college maintains various financial aid programs. The Board of Trustees Academic & Technical Scholarships award students who excel during high school and are nominated by their high school counselor. They are based on class rank or test score of 24 and above on the ACT. The ANC Foundation provides need-based scholarships. Recipients must meet SAP requirements of 67 percent completion and GPA standards to maintain the scholarship. The Career Jump Start Scholarship program targets students without a high school diploma who are dually enrolled in Adult Education and ANC while pursuing a GED.

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-THREE RIVERS

The ASU-Three Rivers Academic Scholarship covers 75 percent of tuition and may be awarded up to four consecutive quarters with a qualifying courseload and college GPA. The Honors College Scholarship is awarded to high school graduates with a minimum ACT composite score of 23 and accepted into ASUTR Honors College. The award covers 100 percent of tuition and mandatory fees for up to four consecutive semesters, provided coursework requirements are met. Scholarships are also available specifically for law enforcement personnel, GED graduates and Career Center State Completers, among others. In addition, the university maintains working relationships with various scholarship programs, a few of which include Edwina Crippen Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Majors, Single Parent Scholarship, American Indian Grant, 4-H Scholarships, Arkansas Rehabilitation Grants for students with disabilities and Walmart Scholarships for students with financial need. Students can also take advantage of campus employment in the form of Federal Work Study positions as well as employment with the institution. Currently ASUTR offers 10 Federal Work Study positions to students each academic year. 6 SEPTEMBER 2020 62 SEPTEMBER 2020

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Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia offers multiple ways to pay for college.

ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY

All Arkansas Tech University freshmen academic scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. The application for undergraduate admission serves as the scholarship application; admission status is required. Scholarship consideration begins with an ACT composite score of 17. Athletic and music scholarships are among the specialized types of financial aid that are offered to Arkansas Tech University students with a particular talent in those areas. In addition, each ATU student who participates in the Miss Arkansas competition receives a $1,000 award per semester. Arkansas Tech students may also avail themselves of other scholarship opportunities through the ATU Foundation. Learn more at atu. edu/scholarships and atu.edu/finaid. Tech $ense (atu.edu/finaid/techsense) is a one-stop shop for financial literacy and helps students plan for college, pay for college and make sound financial decisions. Information about federal financial aid, scholarships, student loans and helpful hints about how to read a paycheck, what goes into credit scores and how to avoid identity theft are all available through Tech $ense.

HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Henderson State University offers a wide variety of academic scholarships for incoming and transfer students. The Distinguished Freshman Scholarship awards $11,000, plus $1,000 per year of residence hall/campus housing credit. Eligible students must have a 3.5 or higher high school cumulative GPA and an ACT score between 31 and 36. The Presidential Scholarship awards $9,500 plus $500 per year residence hall/campus housing credit in Tier One. Applicants must have A 3.5 or higher high school cumulative GPA and an ACT score of 28 to 30. Tier Two awards $9,000 plus $500 per year residence Special Advertising Supplement of the Arkansas Times Special Advertising Section

hall/campus housing credit and requires a 3.25 to 3.49 high school cumulative GPA and ACT score between 28 and 36.

LYON COLLEGE

All admitted Lyon College students are eligible for institutional aid, based on academic record; generally, a 20 ACT score or its SAT equivalent is required for admission for incoming freshmen. Lyon College also encourages and welcomes applications from students with standardized scores of less than 20, where special circumstances are prevalent. All applications are reviewed and considered in the admissions process. Scholarships are available in a number of areas including academics, athletics, art, music, theatre, Scottish Heritage, band, choir and even eSports, among many others. The Financial Aid Award Letter has been carefully crafted and continually updated in order to clearly present the financial aspects of a Lyon College education. Additionally, Lyon has a net price calculator that has been developed to provide students and their families an accurate estimate of the net cost of attending Lyon College.

NATIONAL PARK COLLEGE

National Park College’s tuition and fees are less than half the cost of the average university. The college disbursed over $8.6 million in scholarships and aid last year to about 95 percent of the student body. NPC offers scholarships for students who display the potential to excel in college beyond their test scores. The Academic Achievement Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship for two semesters; it requires a 2.75 cumulative GPA, a 19 or higher on the ACT and enrollment within one year of high school graduation. A 2.75 cumulative GPA and enrollment in a minimum of 12 credit hours each term is required to maintain the award. For those who demonstrate exceptional aca-


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Among the financial awards available through North Arkansas College is the Presidential Scholarship. This award requires an ACT score of 21 or higher and is available for high school graduates of Arkansas and Missouri contiguous counties beginning the fall semester immediately following high school graduation. Students are eligible for this award for up to four semesters. There are four tiers of award amounts based on ACT scores: Bronze (ACT 21-22, awarding $500 per semester); Silver (ACT 23-24, awarding $1,000 per semester); Gold (ACT 25-29, presenting $1,500 per semester) and Platinum (ACT 30-plus, covering all tuition and mandatory fees up to 18 hours per semester). In addition, athletic scholarships are awarded in men’s and women’s basketball as well as more than 90 scholarships via the college’s foundation with various eligibility criteria.

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Awarding financial aid to 99 percent of its students, Shorter College has an open admission process with no minimum ACT or SAT score required. To be considered for scholarships, students must maintain at least a 3.0 gradepoint average. Students who have not taken the ACT or SAT are required to take the Accuplacer Test. The Pathway to Possible scholarship is a full academic scholarship and comes with additional benefits such as a tablet, laptop, mobile hotspot and unlimited access to food services provided by the dining hall.

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Various departmental scholarships are available to those students majoring in specific disciplines as well as performance scholarships for students interested in art, band, choir, theater and eSports. The SAU Foundation has a wide range of scholarship opportunities available for students based on specific criteria, area of study, interest, involvement, hometown and more. SAU works proactively in its effort to help families afford the cost of higher education. The list of academic scholarships includes Presidential Distinguished, awarding $11,000 per year for eight semesters, and the Presidential Scholarship, awarding $10,000 per year for eight semesters. University excellence and university scholarships are also available for up to eight semesters and are worth $9,000 and


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$8,000 per year, respectively. Other scholarships are available, ranging from $600 to $6,600 per year, also renewable for up to eight semesters. Each scholarship has separate criteria to qualify for and maintain the award.

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The University of Arkansas offers new freshman scholarships, transfer student scholarships and currently enrolled student scholarships as well as awards for military, athletics, band/music and college and departmental scholarships. The majority of scholarship funding is merit-based and competitively awarded based on written applications, special talent, test scores, high school GPA and/or college GPA, and considers the entire applicant pool. Other scholarships might require recipients to be members of an underrepresented community, such as first-generation college students, or students who reside in an underrepresented county in Arkansas.

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In addition to one of the most affordable tuition rates in Arkansas, UAFS has greatly expanded its scholarship program to ensure more students have the opportunity to pursue a higher education. Exclusive opportunities are also offered to veterans and nontraditional students.

To see a full list of scholarships along with eligibility and application information, go to admissions.uafs.edu/financial-aid. Students who transfer to UAFS are now offered additional scholarship opportunities with the launch of the Helping Hand Transfer Scholarship. This program provides $1,000 for all eligible transfer students. The UAFS Foundation maintains a Student Emergency Fund to provide immediate support to students who encounter unforeseen financial emergencies that may otherwise prevent them from continuing their education.

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Once a student has applied for admission, the UA Little Rock Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will use a student’s admission application and match them to the most beneficial scholarship for which they are eligible. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit such as grade point averages, high test scores or other outstanding achievements and areas of interests such as the arts and sciences. During the previous academic year, UA Little Rock awarded millions of dollars in scholarship funding. This year, UA Little Rock received an anonymous donation of $25 million, the largest in the university’s history, with $15 million of

this donation set aside for scholarships. UA Little Rock students who are looking for scholarship opportunities can now apply for several different types of UA Little Rock scholarships by submitting a single scholarship application. By applying, students will be considered for all awards. This makes the scholarship application process easy and hassle-free.

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The UCA Student Financial Aid Office has a web page devoted to college costs. This page includes calculators and budgeting tools to help students and their families plan ahead: uca. edu/financialaid/college-costs/. UCA has a number of performance-based scholarships available to entering and continuing students in athletics, cheer, dance, band, music and more. In addition, the UCA Foundation has scholarship opportunities for students based on specific donor criteria such as field of study, hometown, volunteerism or special interests. Information regarding UCA Foundation scholarships may be found at uca.edu/foundation/scholarships/. In addition, there are federal, state, institutional and private funding opportunities for students; visit uca.edu/financialaid/financial-aid-programs/ to learn more.

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wo-year schools have never been more relevant for Arkansas students thanks to their lower cost, the quality of their programs and the applicability of job skills their programs provide, earned in half the time or less of a fouryear degree. “Our best-kept secret is that there’s always more to the college than meets the eye,” said Tim Jones, director of public relations and marketing for UA Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock. “Because of our multiple locations and diverse offerings, it’s not uncommon for a student to dig deeply into their particular discipline at a particular location, not realizing everything else that’s going on. “A student in a transportation technology program at the Little Rock-South Campus may never have a reason to visit the Main Campus. A culinary student may not know anything about our health care programs across town. That’s a direct result of the fact that students at UAPTC can find specialties that are personally relevant and beneficial and immerse themselves in life-changing education that suits them best.” According to data from the Community College Research Center at the Teacher’s College of Columbia University, 8.5 million students, or 38 percent of all college undergraduates, were enrolled in public two-year colleges in 201718. While two-year colleges have traditionally been thought of as serving primarily nontraditional students, Jones said that picture is changing. “Our traditional student is nontraditional; in the past, the average age at UA-PTC has been as high as 29,” he said. “But, while we still have a large number of students for whom the ‘nontraditional’ label is apt, we are seeing a trend toward younger, traditional college-aged students attending UA-PTC.” Cost is always a consideration when discussing higher education and it’s one of the most 12 SEPTEMBER 2020

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compelling reasons to attend a two-year school. The 2018 Trends in College Pricing report released by the College Board showed community colleges charge about $3,660 per year on average for in-state students, a far cry from the average cost of attending public or private fouryear institutions. U.S. News and World Report figures place those costs at $35,676 per year at private colleges, $9,716 for state residents at public colleges and $21,629 for out-of-state students at state schools during the 2018-19 school year. “Northark affords students an opportunity to graduate without a ton of college debt,” said Micki Somers, head of public relations and marketing for North Arkansas College in Harrison. “Our in-county tuition is $74 per credit hour and we also provide internet hot spots and laptops for students to check out for the semester at no cost to them.” Lower cost doesn’t mean sacrificing quality of instruction, Somers adds, with smaller class sizes that provide students extra help when needed. “Our health professions degrees are highly respected for their academic rigor and high test scores. Employers who hire Northark nurses report a 100 percent satisfaction rate,” she said. “Over 80 percent of Northark classes have fewer than 20 students in them. Small class sizes provide more individual attention, and Northark offers tutoring on top of that in many different academic areas.” Practical skills training is another attractive element of two-year schools, offering courses that move students from high school to career quickly and efficiently. “There is a growing trend in the state and nation to support more workforce credentials and quick, meaningful industry training,” said Dr. Wade Derden, vice president for academic affairs at National Park College in Hot Springs. Special Advertising Supplement of the Arkansas Times

“The workforce training component of higher education has always been a focus of two-year institutions. National Park College, like many of the colleges in the state, works diligently to meet that demand, and we have developed strong community support in the past few years to increase the number of students in these programs.” Two-year schools are also proving to be a cost-effective springboard to a bachelor’s degree thanks to partnerships with Arkansas’s four-year institutions. These 2+2 programs allow students to seamlessly transfer their credits within the state and earn a four-year degree at a reduced cost. “UA-PTC maintains close relationships with four-year institutions where our students transfer. Almost two-thirds of our students opt for transfer degrees,” Jones said. “Our 2+2 transfer agreement with UA Little Rock ensures students can map out their educational journey from start to finish, thereby saving time and money. “Last year, UA Fayetteville began offering the Arkansas Achievement Transfer Scholarship, which will allow students from the UA System’s two-year institutions to attend their junior and senior years at Fayetteville for the same tuition cost they paid where they received their associate degree. This is an enormous cost savings to UA-PTC students as they continue their education.” North Arkansas College signed an agreement with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Somers said. “That agreement allows Northark medical laboratory technology graduates to transfer to a corresponding online bachelor of science degree program through UAMS without leaving their hometown. This is the first 2+2 partnership between the two institutions and the first MLT online bachelor degree option offered in the state, and it will increase the number of skilled


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and networking opportunities,” Boston said. “Institutions such as ours are not simply institutions of higher learning, but also institutions of life experiences and spiritual journeys.” That’s not to say HBCU institutions are entirely focused on the past. Shorter College provides students modern technology, real-world amenities and cutting-edge instruction that prepares them for any number of careers. “We currently offer degrees in computer analytics, church leadership and ministry, child development, criminal justice and entrepreneurial studies,” Boston said. “Shorter College also has the Alexander Turner Childcare Center, which serves as a teaching facility for our students majoring in childhood development. In addition to the aforementioned amenities, we also provide our students with tablets, laptops and mobile hotspots. “Our open admission process services the needs of the traditional and nontraditional student, and we are one of the leading providers of adult education in Central Arkansas. This makes Shorter College a vital educational component in the area and the state.”

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Among institutions of higher learning, none stand taller on the shoulders of history than historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU). On the basis of cultural identity and social change, these colleges and universities stand in a class by themselves, having played a seminal role in uplifting communities of color. HBCU designation indicates a college or university that was established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, chartered with the intention to serve primarily the African American community. Prior to that landmark federal legislation, many institutions of higher learning were completely segregated, especially in the South, thereby barring Black students from enrolling. HBCUs emerged as one of the leading societal institutions to help former slaves improve themselves through education. Given this, HBCUs enjoy a long and distinguished history of academic achievement, a reputation for promoting social change and spotlighting cultural identity. They boast a litany of famous alums far too lengthy to mention, across all areas of business, entertainment, higher education and politics. There are 101 HBCUs in the United States, including both public and private colleges and universities; the four in Arkansas include Shorter College in North Little Rock, Philander Smith College and Arkansas Baptist in Little Rock, and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.


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CAREERS For all of the attention paid to enhancing the college experience, the true payoff comes after graduation and how well education translates into a rewarding career. Arkansas’s colleges and universities have devoted tremendous resources to provide job search assistance and create partnerships in the community to help graduates network and gain exposure in their chosen fields.

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ANC supports a nationally recognized Customized Workforce Training Department Solutions Group, which provides flexible training tailored specifically for local industry. ANC provides internship opportunities, some of them paid. Some of the high-demand fields for which Arkansas Northeastern College is preparing students are construction trades and emergency medical technician, each of which requires a one-semester certificate of proficiency and pays an average yearly wage of more than $56,000. A one-semester certificate of proficiency in welding is also a good investment, paying an average yearly wage of $48,000. Nearly nine out of 10 welding graduates are employed within 12 months of graduation. Paramedics, LPNs and HVAC technicians are also in demand and all require just a one-year technical certificate. These roles pay on average between $31,000 and $57,000 and 83 percent of graduates find work within a year of graduation. In just two years, students can earn an associate’s degree to be an RN and earn an average of $53,000. A degree in steel industry technology earns an average of $93,000 with 92 percent of grads employed within 12 months. Combined, Arkansas Northeastern College leads all colleges and universities in Arkansas in average full-time wages for associate’s degree graduates: $51,624 in the first year of employment. This is higher than that earned by any four-year degree in the state except for medical school.

lated programs in computer science, computer engineering, cybersecurity, electrical engineering, emergency management, information technology and mechanical engineering. Arkansas Tech’s bachelor of science and associate of applied science degrees in cybersecurity, which debuted in fall 2017, were developed by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Department of Computer and Information Science. Cybersecurity graduates from ATU will be prepared for rewarding career opportunities that identify and prevent threats and how to recover from a breach. In the ATU College of Business, the business data analytics program is the first baccalaureate degree program in Arkansas that approaches data analytics from a business perspective. Graduates from the program are prepared to analyze data in a way that allows firms to determine strategy and solve problems. ATU students in the disciplines of fine arts, game and interactive media design and graphic design may now pursue a bachelor of fine arts degree in their chosen field, as opposed to the bachelor of arts degrees previously offered by the institution. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that art and design occupations nationally will grow 5 percent between 2016-2026. Median salaries are projected to be around $44,000. Graduates with bachelor of fine arts degrees have average salaries $5,000-$10,000 more than graduates with bachelor of arts degrees. Students receive career services through Norman Career Services at Arkansas Tech University, including a career advancement academy, peer career advising and workshops.

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Arkansas Tech University is a leader in STEM education in Arkansas, as demonstrated by Arkansas Department of Higher Education data showing more graduates from Arkansas high schools choose to major in STEM at Arkansas Tech than any other university in the state. Degree programs offered through the Arkansas Tech College of Natural and Health Sciences include biology, biology with a biomedical option, chemistry, engineering physics, environmental science, fisheries and wildlife science, geology, mathematics, nuclear physics and nursing. The Arkansas Tech College of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers STEM-re72 16SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER2020 2020

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is experiencing especially high demand for its aviation program, which includes tracks for professional pilots as well as aviation management and maintenance. Henderson offers the only aviation degree in the state. Graduates of the HSU Nursing Department have a 100 percent employment rate within three months of graduation, a rate that’s remained constant for the past five years. HSU partners with CHI St. Vincent in a program that assists students in completing nursing degrees. The graduates work at St. Vincent for two years upon graduation. The university also maintains a network of connections within the local business community, including the Business Advisory Council, made up of alumni representing a variety of industries who provide advice and assistance. HSU’s career development office provides resources to aid students in finding the proper degree that results in a rewarding career.

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Psychology, business administration and biology are the most popular fields for Lyon College graduates, accounting for 50.3 percent of alums. Lyon College places particular emphasis on business elements within its curriculum, equipping students of all majors with the critical thinking and communication skills necessary to navigate any industry and enabling them to make sound, ethical decisions that benefit all. The business department was named a College of Distinction Business College again for 201920. The Lyon College Career Center offers customized individual career coaching appointments for students at all levels and hosts a number of career and networking events throughout the academic year, including the annual Lyon College Career EXPLO and the annual Summer Experience Fair (SEF). Career Services will be available to students in fall 2020 through remote options.

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Northark enjoys an overall employment rate of 97.75 percent among student reporting, measured six months after graduation. Over the past five to seven years, allied health and nursing careers have remained the high-demand job fields. This includes registered nurse, practical nurse and certified nursing assistant as well as jobs in radiologic technology, surgical technology, medical laboratory technology, paramedic and emergency medical technician (EMT). These health and medical fields will continue to be in demand as the number of aging 7418SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER2020 2020

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and elderly populations increase. The college also utilizes partnerships with area businesses and industry to offer students internships and off-campus work-study opportunities, which assist the college in maintaining the latest machinery, equipment, robotics and simulators. Industry leaders also contribute employees to train graduates in applicable programs and provide real-world training environments for practicals and observation roles in local schools, hospitals and clinics. Available career services for Northark students include annual career fairs. These events include industry-specific events for health care, manufacturing and more, as well as a campus-wide job and internship fair. The college also provides group career literacy lessons and workshops as well as individual career coaching addressing things like planning a career path, job search, employment interviewing, skills coaching and strategies for re-entering the workforce.

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Several high-skill careers have been consistently in high demand in Arkansas. A few of those are registered nursing; elementary, middle and secondary education; accounting; marketing and marketing research; and management analysis. SAU offers educational programs to prepare students in each of these fields by providing specialized courses, a robust academic schedule and classes with real-world experience. The school’s nursing programs offer specialized courses in leadership, management and evidence-based practice that help focus their training. The College of Education offers programs with a variety of degree options for students wanting to concentrate on elementary or middle school careers. In accounting, SAU offers specialized instruction in fraud examination and prevention, and governmental and nonprofit accounting. SAU maintains a robust curriculum of relevant fields to meet the needs of the community. For instance, the exercise science and sports management program includes a full semester internship with professionals in the student’s career field. The department also maintains an extensive list of internship sites in physical and occupational therapy, cardiac rehab, fitness, athletic programs and public schools. Athletic trainers have multiple partnerships with local physicians, pharmacies and rehabilitation centers as part of their clinical experiences. SAU’s newly established Career Services office prepares students to transition from the classroom into a career, offering workshops Special Advertisingof Section Special Advertising Supplement the Arkansas Times

and training that aid students in perfecting soft skills. The office also provides assistance with resumes, cover letters, interview skills, appropriate work attire and more. A new mentorship program connects current students with alumni working in the student’s desired career field.

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Technological advances in all the fields of engineering are driving enrollment in the University of Arkansas College of Engineering, where the most popular majors are computer science, mechanical engineering and chemical engineering. The aging population of baby boomers and the general regional population growth are leading to subsequent job needs in the health care industry, such as nurses, physical therapists and doctors. The College of Education and Health Professions offers a wide variety of majors to fill those needs. Nearly 90 percent of Walton College of Business graduates have jobs lined up before graduation. MBA graduates’ median salary is $69,000, and 85 percent of them land a job within three months of graduation. Teaching continues to be a career choice in high demand, and the College of Education and Health Professions has expanded its offerings in teacher education, which is one of the highest enrollment areas on campus. The University of Arkansas Career Development Center provides a variety of career education and career resources, services and events for undergraduates, graduate-level students and recent alumni, including career fairs, internship search preparation, resume and cover letter reviews and a robust repertoire of online career resources.

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UAFS blends academic theory with real-world applications to deliver a true experiential learning environment. As a result, students graduate with both the knowledge and skill sets necessary to succeed in today’s competitive workplace. The Babb Center for Student Professional Development, located on campus, takes this experiential learning to the next level, offering students access to workshops, mentoring and internships that complement the university’s outstanding academic programs. Students who complete this advanced program earn a Distinction in Professional Development Certificate, which gives them a head start in their professional career. UAFS recently launched its Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP) to help nontradi-


tional students earn a degree through a streamlined and personalized process. College credit can be awarded for experience from previous or current jobs, military education and training courses. The ADCP program offers a wide selection of online and evening classes to deliver maximum flexibility for working adults.

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UA Little Rock’s School of Business graduates have strong employment opportunities, with data-oriented fields such as business analytics in high demand. The School of Business maintains strong ties to the business community through an advisory council and holds many career events at the school. Faculty review the curriculum based on their own research and hold focus groups with industry leaders before formulating any changes. The school also requires students to complete career-related learning tasks and experiences through the Career Catalyst program. Students earn badges through workshops and events hosted by business partners to include interviewing skills, resume writing, etiquette luncheons, salary negotiations and completing online job applications. Other career skills provided through UA Little Rock include providing a photographer for professional photos, using LinkedIn as social media for networking, internship markets and career fairs, as well as inviting businesses to visit the school through classroom presentations and power lunches with students. UA Little Rock recently unveiled a bachelor of

science in cybersecurity degree, to be offered in Fall 2021. This curriculum will cover technology, data, human behavior and procedural operations necessary for assurance of computer systems. Combining both theory and application of cybersecurity, the program will be one of the most innovative in the world. Students will have the opportunity to work in UA Little Rock’s Emerging Analytics Center and new Cyber Gym. UA Little Rock’s Emerging Analytics Center and Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences provide world-class laboratory spaces for students to collaborate with faculty in engaging, multidisciplinary research. The Collaboratorium for Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies (COSMO) is the university’s newest research center, harnessing social computing and web analytics for use in cybersecurity, cyber campaign coordination, disinformation dissemination across social media, cyber threat monitoring, data mining and privacy. COSMOS has developed social media mining tools Blogtrackers and YouTubeTracker, used during NATO military exercises.

ry Survey lists the following projected salaries for bachelor’s level graduates in these fields as $57,939 in business, $69,961 in engineering and $67,411 in computer and information systems. UCA offers degree plans to prepare students for careers in these fields, including computer science, cybersecurity, business, information systems, management information systems, engineering, physics and nursing. For the 201819 fiscal year, 1,714 UCA students obtained bachelor’s degrees. Of those, 883 reported their post-graduate status and more than 90 percent of respondents classified themselves as either employed, self-employed or in graduate school. Advisory boards and other business leaders routinely advise and review curriculum changes to ensure continued merit and applicability. College leaders and faculty maintain productive relationships with businesses in their fields of study, querying for specific employment needs and ways to incorporate those suggestions into meaningful learning opportunities for students. UCA’s office of career services cultivates and maintains partnerships with employers in the area through a robust community outreach program. From mid-July through August, UCA staff meets with managers in Conway to encourage them to list part-time jobs and internships for students. The Office of Career Services transitioned to a new career platform, Bears4Hire powered by Handshake, allowing for enhanced services and increased job opportunities for all students and alumni. Last year, 7,390 job applications were submitted through Handshake.

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The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook 2020 reports business, engineering and computer and information systems are top career choices in demand, due to an improved economy, company growth, anticipated retirements and a focus on early talent/succession planning. NACE’s Sala-

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The U.S. Department of Education reports 6 million college students took at least one online class in 2015. Of these, more than 3 million were completing their degree exclusively online. These numbers illustrate how distance education continues to redefine higher education. With the continued challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, quality online learning options are more critical than ever to a quality higher education experience.

Even before the pandemic, University of Central Arkansas students were ahead of the digital learning curve.

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Arkansas Northeastern College offers many online classes as well as several fully online programs. These include Associate of Arts, Associate of General Studies and curriculum in criminal justice, steel industry technology, business, criminology, early childhood education, elementary education (K-6) and mid-level education. Recognizing the changes in the classroom and the workplace, ANC has increased its nontraditional courses, including the number of internet classes. Zoom Optional and Zoom INet classrooms offer students greater flexibility for taking classes. Zoom Optional offers a live classroom and the student has the option to attend the live classroom or attend the class remotely using Zoom teleconferencing. Zoom INet is a digital classroom students access via Zoom teleconferencing from a remote location. Students taking Zoom classes who wish to participate remotely must have a computer with a webcam and internet access or a smartphone capable of using videoconferencing technology. Students simply click into the Zoom class at the specified time. Beginning in August 2020, ANC will offer an on-campus Zoom Room, providing a space for students who wish to attend a class in person but that, due to social distancing guidelines, has reached its seating capacity. Or, students may go to any other remote area they wish as long as there is internet access. ANC provides free Wi-Fi in many of its parking lots, so students may even sit in their cars to attend a class.

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robust among Arkansas institutions of higher learning. Launched in 2008, the program has grown to include more than 5,400 students during the spring 2020 semester. Typically, online learning has been attractive for nontraditional students or students already working in a field. However, since the expansion of technology, more traditional students are taking advantage of the accessibility that online programs offer. Students maintain a more flexible balance between their personal, professional and educational life with online coursework and can control their educational pace and learning environment. ASU’s strategy of High-Impact Learning has fully evolved from the simple regurgitation of terminology to a more critical thinking and application experience type of learning. Coursework gives real-life, practical experiences allowing students to master skills and content before entering their professional fields.

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enhance student engagement. ASUTR uses the Blackboard learning management system and video conferencing through Blackboard Collaborate that allow students and instructors alike to join the class live. Students also have free training available to them on the College’s YouTube channel. Online classes are designed following standards set forth by Quality Matters, which establishes a logical progression of course materials and gives a degree of consistency among the college’s online classes. More than 30 instructors have earned the Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate as participants of ASUTR’s Title III program.

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College of the Ouachitas offers live online classes, which are lectures simulcast to a mixed live and online student audience. Also offered are traditional online-only classes and hybrid classes, which require periodic class attendance as well as online work. COTO’s distance education program provides convenience and flexibility as well as a lower cost of $102 per credit hour. COTO students have online access to 24/7 tutoring through Tutor.com. COTO strives for all students to gain pertinent technology experience. Its Fundamentals of Information Technology course gives students the basics of real-world, practical experience. Students planning a career in teaching get handson experience with the same technology used to teach COTO’s simulcast classes and professional development by COTO’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. COTO’s Division of Health Sciences also relies heavily on technology. Instructors record lectures using classroom technology, then make the recordings available online to students as study aids. The Division of Health Sciences uses


live online technology to teach from the Malvern campus to students in COTO’s Sheridan satellite campus.

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Online classes are a great option for working adults who want to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree on a more flexible schedule. Henderson State University offers online classes for undergraduate and graduate students as well as concurrent enrollment for partner high schools. Specific applications of technology by departments include the Innovative Media Department, giving students hands-on opportunities to develop products in new and rich media. Aviation students gain valuable experience in the two-seat cockpit of the Redbird FMX simulator as part of their prelude to live flights with an instructor. HSU’s Nursing Department is introducing Nursing Anne and Sim Baby simulators thanks to a $140,447 grant from Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas. This technology will allow students to experience treating a full range of medical scenarios in a realistic health care environment. The department also added SimMom, an advanced full body birthing simulator, thanks to a $149,265 grant, also from the Blue & You Foundation.

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A majority of NPC students take one or more e-learning courses during their educational career so the school offers a wide variety of these courses and has done so for more than a decade. Most of NPC’s general education courses are available to be taken on campus, via e-learning or through a blended approach. There are also two fully online programs available: associate of applied science, available on-campus, fully online or blended; and AAS Health Information Technology, to be offered fully online. All courses use the Brightspace by D2L learning management system. Students have 24/7 access to support; remote tutoring and Ask a Librarian library assistance are also available. All on-campus resources are available to e-learning students as well.

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College students often have busy schedules, and North Arkansas College’s online program is designed to help students get the flexibility they need to go to college without sacrificing quality. The college offers delivery of courses in four different formats: online, blended, face-toface and site-to-site. Online course delivery are classes taken entirely through the internet; students are not expected to attend classes on campus. Faceto-face delivery is just the opposite, delivered on campus in a classroom setting. A combination of online and face-to-face delivery systems are referred to as blended courses. Site-to-site involves synchronous course delivery from one Northark campus to another satellite campus or partner site. For assistance, faculty and students can visit

or call the Center for Teaching and Learning, located in the college’s Learning Resource Center, to ask about tutoring, deal with connectivity or other technical issues and to find other resources to ensure their success.

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Shorter College offers distance and online education, enabling the college to service the educational needs of traditional and nontraditional students alike. Distance and online learning enable students to communicate, study, learn and receive a high-quality education while on the go or from the comfort of their own homes. All majors utilize the latest technology, but Shorter’s Entrepreneurial Studies program teaches students the fundamentals of what comes next, preparing graduates to function in a technologically complex world. Every Wednesday, invited professionals and community leaders provide information to students about a number of programs and career fields. Students are thus able to connect with entities they may not have otherwise known existed.

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SAU offers several graduate degrees and certificates, including a recently announced Ed.D. in Rural and Diverse Educational Leadership. SAU has offered online programs since 2006 and leverages technology to challenge students to think critically. And, SAU’s online courses are among the most affordable in the region. Online enrollment at SAU includes all of the advantages of on-campus students, including exceptional faculty, campus staff and well-developed student support systems. Online students receive academic advising and have access to faculty during office hours, both remotely or via a campus visit. SAU also provides 24/7 support for all of its online courses.

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In spite of the challenges presented by COVID-19, UAFS continues to expand and improve the technology and resources offered to students, faculty and staff. Many classrooms on campus are in the process of being outfitted with equipment to allow students opting for online instruction to participate via synchronous delivery in discussions and lectures during specific meeting times. Resource guides have been created on the university’s webpage (uafs.edu) to assist all students who may be navigating digital learning for the first time. These include online tutoring service through Brainfuse, databases and eBooks through the university’s Boreham Library, and tech support from the university’s IT Department. UAFS students also have access to Microsoft Office 365 at no cost. Students returning to campus this fall for faceto-face instruction and hybrid courses (a blend of in-class and online) will be able to utilize the consistent, cutting-edge technology UAFS has always offered. Health science students respond to real-life clinical situations on hightech manikins designed for lifelike simulation.

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Robotics courses, also available to concurrent high school students, develop hands-on skills in programming, implementing and maintaining industry-leading robots. Majors in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics conduct research and experiments alongside expert faculty members in advanced laboratory settings.

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UA Little Rock’s suite of more than 60 fully online programs, called UA Little Rock Online, provides high-quality college education without students ever stepping foot on campus. Students participating in fully online programs receive a reduced rate, yet have the same access to academic resources online and on campus. There are currently more than 1,600 students enrolled in UA Little Rock Online and that number grows each semester. Resources include the Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, home to the Emerging Analytics Center, a research center for virtual reality, visualization and interactive technologies. The Department of Applied Communication hosts a Leadership Lecture series bringing in thought leaders from the field of communications. UA Little Rock’s School of Business hosts an Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center where students use the latest business technology in entrepreneurial ventures. The School of Criminal Justice has an Inside/ Out course located in prison consisting of university students and current inmates. The course seeks to address ways to make Arkansas’s communities more inclusive, just and socially sustainable.

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As more and more students seek online courses, UCA has expanded its online offerings. In 2015 the university launched UCA Online to develop and market high-quality, online degree programs, and today the university offers six online undergraduate degree completion programs in general business, health and safety, addiction studies, insurance and risk-management, nursing (for RNs), and general studies. In addition, the school supports 32 online graduate degree and certificate programs in business, education, geographic information systems, health sciences, family and consumer sciences, nursing and sports management. Online instruction has taken on greater significance in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. At the end of the 2020 spring term, all UCA courses shifted to online instruction to prevent the spread of coronavirus and that effort has continued through the summer of 2020. UCA’s Center for Teaching Excellence rose to the challenge by training faculty with little experience teaching online, developing technical and pedagogical skills needed to deliver quality online instruction. Similarly, student support units have worked hard to move more services online. As UCA prepares for the fall term, nearly all courses will be offered fully or partially online. ARKANSASTIMES.COM

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Tech Fit provides a workout space and indoor walking track for Arkansas Tech University students, faculty and staff. The outdoor Tech Connect trail on the western boundary of campus provides members of the ATU community with access to a network of bicycle and pedestrian trails that includes Bona Dea Trails and Sanctuary. There are also multiple waterways within an hour of campus that ATU students explore using free outdoor equipment available through the Arkansas Tech Office of Campus Recreation. Chartwells, food service provider at ATU, partners with members of the campus community to meet specific dietary needs. There are about 170 registered student organizations at Arkansas Tech University, representing a wide variety of academic, professional and social interests. The academic year typically begins with events that help orient new students and re-engage returning students.

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College of the Ouachitas has partnered with Healthy Connections to provide both medical and behavioral health services to students, faculty, staff and community on the Malvern campus. These services are provided by a nurse practitioner and a licensed social worker. The college also partners with the Henderson State University Counseling Center to provide additional behavioral health services through a counseling intern program. The college has a Student Government Association that provides social activities, relaxation and stress-relieving opportunities for students. Faculty and staff have professional development opportunities and training in suicide prevention. Through the college’s Parents as Teachers Program, parent educators focus on family well-being and make referrals to agencies as needed.

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The Student Health and Counseling Center promotes students’ quality of life by offering prevention and early treatment or referral for physical, developmental, emotional or interpersonal difficulties that arise during the educational process. The University Counseling Center is available to help students with a variety of concerns. Professional counselors provide one-on-one consultation, and group therapy is also available to provide peer support. The University Counseling Center’s staff refers students, faculty and staff to specialists if there is a need for extra psychological support. 22 SEPTEMBER 2020

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A diverse student body and cutting edge technology are two attributes of National Park College.

The Charles D. Dunn Student Recreation Center is a hub of student activity and campus life. The facility features an elevated jogging and walking track, 12-foot climbing/bouldering wall and state-of-the-art weight training, cardio and fitness equipment as well as an outdoor recreation program.

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The campus has a disc golf course, hiking and biking trails, a rock wall, a ropes course including high and low elements, tennis courts and more for students to stay active. For outdoor enthusiasts, the college offers the Lyon Education Adventure Program (LEAP), which provides students with information and access to the many activities available in the Ozarks such as paddling, camping, caving, rock climbing, fishing and hunting. Lyon has partnered with Creative Dining Services to provide fresh and healthy dining experiences to its students, from the Vegan and Vegetarian Kitchen to The Zone’s allergen-aware selection. To help students address mental and emotional stress, the Lyon College Counseling Center has a full-time licensed professional counselor to provide services in a safe, supportive and confidential environment at no cost to students. The center has books, pamphlets and local community resources available by referral. For the fall 2020 semester, student services such as counseling and health services will be offered remotely.

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National Park College employs a full-time Behavior Intervention Specialist who is also a licensed clinical social worker. The office offers training in SafeTalk Suicide Prevention. NPC employs a campus nurse who documents immunization records, offers training and support for general health and wellness and assesses students with illness. NPC offers a fully equipped Wellness Center for credit-based physical education classes as well as for walk-in workout options. The center is staffed by a full-time fitness coordinator and student workers. Healthy options are offered in the Commons Market. Students with special dietary needs can contact the market manager to request off-menu items. NPC’s residence hall — Dogwood Hall — opens in fall 2020 and will provide orientation and training to all resident assistants and residents of the hall. Special Advertising Supplement of the Arkansas Times

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Northark provides a workout room that includes treadmills, free weights and other exercise equipment for student use. Northark also offers sports such as basketball, softball and baseball. In addition to competitive sports, the college offers physical education courses designed to increase activity and provide instruction on correct technique in weight training, walking and jogging. Healthy food options are a priority, so a campus food pantry is maintained for students who are struggling with food insecurities. The pantry is stocked with food from the North Central Food Bank. Northark also partners with the Arkansas Department of Health to provide flu immunizations each year for students, faculty and staff on Northark’s South Campus to ensure convenience for students. Students have a range of options for participating in campus organizations, student activities and student success strategies. Northark currently hosts 26 student organizations with a streamlined process for students with specific interests to create additional groups. Northark also subscribes to an online mental health website that students may access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to learn more about mental health issues, therapies, referrals and more.

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SAU’s University Health Services Department is staffed by a nurse practitioner and two registered nurses to meet the mental, emotional and physical needs of the SAU student body. They provide health promotion and disease prevention services for students, faculty and staff. The SAU campus provides a wide variety of ways for students to work out, exercise, get outdoors and enjoy intramural sports or leisure activities. Sand volleyball can be played as an intramural sport, the disc golf course winds through the beautiful campus and last fall, a golf driving range was made available for recreational activity, managed by the SAU golf team. The SAU Mulerider Activity Center provides open recreation, intramural sports, equipment checkout and special events. SAU’s residence halls and apartments offer a family-like atmosphere to the fullest with each hall offering specific programs and activities catered to its residents. Students can reside with peers who share interests. The Saddle Up program provides training and awareness activities throughout the school


year as well as follow-up support for students in addition to their formal therapy. Additional services have included workshops, classes, skill building groups and support groups.

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University Recreation offers two facilities for student exercise and recreation. The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building offers comprehensive fitness and recreational opportunities for all students, including club sports and intramurals. Outdoor activities and inclusive recreation activities are also offered. The second facility is a smaller, exercise-intensive center in the Arkansas Union. During the coronavirus pandemic, all programs have been physically reconfigured or scheduled to meet physical distancing and safety standards. The Pat Walker Health Center offers health care services to all students on campus. The center also offers counseling and psychological services. During the pandemic, the health center is providing testing services for students, faculty and staff. There are more than 400 registered student organizations at the University of Arkansas, and if students can’t find one to their liking, they can start their own. In addition, University Programs plans more than 200 entertainment events and distinguished speakers for the campus community.

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The UCA Counseling Center provides a wide range of mental health services, including teletherapy (video counseling) sessions, in-person sessions, consultations and crisis response. The Office of Student Wellness and Development hosts awareness campaigns and programs throughout the year on a variety of topics, including mental health, bystander intervention, stress management and alcohol and drug abuse prevention. The Health, Physical Education and Recreation Center is outfitted with a 10,000-squarefoot weight room, six-lane indoor lap pool, large group exercise classrooms, racquetball courts, treadmills and other equipment. UCA also operates the Campus Outdoor Pursuits and Activities (COPA) program. With this, students can check out kayaks, canoes, bicycles and other equipment. The recently added UCA Ropes Challenge Course offers climbing walls, zip lines and obstacle courses. UCA is also home to a Student Health Clinic offering patient-centered health care, staffed by a physician and nurse practitioners who diagnose, treat and monitor students’ medical needs as well as prescribe medications. Services include lab, X-ray, immunizations, women’s health services and more. Most services provided are included in the student health fee. During the 2020-21 academic year, the Student Activities Board will continue to provide enjoyable events that meet COVID-19 safety restrictions.

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hile many colleges and universities in Arkansas were scrambling to take their curriculum online last spring, one university was taking it all in stride. The University of Arkansas System’s eVersity, the state’s first all-online university, has been helping students achieve their dream of a college degree since 2014 without setting foot in a classroom. In the process, eVersity is changing the way people think about college and about what’s possible at any stage of life. “So many schools are now embracing online learning that had strongly opposed it in the past,” said Dr. Michael Moore, eVersity chief academic and operating officer. “Most institutions are hoping to use remote learning as a bridge to get to the other side of COVID-19, so they can return to the business they were in, which is delivering education face-to-face. “eVersity is different; we’ve been online since the very beginning. You could say we were online before it was cool.” The program was created with the utmost of flexibility in mind. Primarily targeting working adults with some college who never got the chance to finish their degree, eVersity combines robust subject matter and cutting-edge technology to move people to graduation at a fraction of the time and cost of other live, online and hybrid programs. “The biggest difference between what we do in an online environment versus what is happening with traditional schools’ remote learning is ours is a complete soup-to-nuts learning experience,” Moore said. “eVersity classes are far more robust and far richer because they were designed to be online courses. Our courses have won national awards because of the way the material is presented, with built-in interaction with other students and with faculty that creates a sense of community.” Unlike other online programs, eVersity requires students to take one six-week class at a time to help ensure completion and keep students from becoming overextended. The institution supports a liberal credit transfer policy and it’s a far more affordable option than most at the all-in price of just $165 per credit hour with no additional fees or book charges.

“There are obviously some well-known brands out in the marketplace that have been online for a long time, largely in the for-profit space,” Moore said. “They are very robust, but they also tend to be quite a bit more expensive than we are, charging upwards of $1,500 a class, not including books and fees. Our classes are $525, meaning you can take at least two and a lot of times three eVersity classes for the price of one of theirs. “We’re also one of the only programs I know of that makes use of faculty currently teaching at brick-and-mortar institutions. Almost all other schools rely on part-time faculty or backup faculty. We take the 15 institutions of the UA System and we pull faculty members from those institutions. Then, each faculty member completes a training course before we ever put them in an online classroom because teaching online is different than teaching face-to-face.” “The student gets the best of both worlds: the quality control expected from the UA System trained specifically to teach online through eVersity.” Getting started in eVersity is fast and easy; students are paired with an engaged adviser who helps guide them through course selection, transferring existing college credit and troubleshooting any issues for as long as the student is enrolled. Learning assistance is also available for those students who need it. The program has proven so popular, it’s having a marked impact on Arkansas’s degree completion rate, which has traditionally ranked near the bottom in the U.S. “We are constantly looking on the horizon to try to find those innovative practices out there that can continue to bring value and support to our students,” Moore said. “The tagline we like to use a lot is ‘College should be hard, but going to college shouldn’t be.’ What we mean by that is, classes ought to be demanding and rigorous; you ought to be proud of the degree you earn, because you’re really going to have to work hard for it in the classroom. “But the process of going to school should not be difficult. It ought to be easy. What you need is a way to finish your degree with as few obstacles as possible. That’s what we’re all about.”

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Collegiate Athletic Association announced ATU student-athletes donated 5,706 volunteer hours during the fall 2019 NCAA Team Works community service competition, the most among the more than 300 members of NCAA Division II. The university is one of 31 institutions of higher learning from around the United States that will participate in the inaugural cohort of the First Scholars Network, an initiative of the Center for First-Generation Student Success and the Suder Foundation.

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Baptist Health College Little Rock is turning 100! In February 2021, BHCLR will celebrate 100 years of health care education. Specific anniversary plans and activities marking the occasion will be announced at a later date.

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A student research team from Henderson State University was one of just 60 across the United States chosen to present at the Council on Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill conference in Washington, D.C. The team’s project included an analysis of a unique cave system in Tennessee that functions with no dependence on photosynthesis. Henderson’s esports team joined the Peach Belt Conference and became one of the first universities in Arkansas to offer esports scholarships. Henderson State University will become the seventh member institution of the Arkansas State University System by Jan. 1, 2021, pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission. Henderson will retain its name, Reddies mascot and “The School with a Heart” slogan as it joins the ASU System.

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The 2019 Almanac of Higher Education lists Arkansas Tech as the 10th-fastest-growing public, master’s degree-granting university in the country. Arkansas Tech achieved the distinction with 58 percent growth in enrollment between 2007 and 2017. ATU was also recognized by the 2019 Almanac of Higher Education as a national leader in increasing its African American student population, growing it by 64 percent from 529 students in 2010 to 870 students in 2017. A new cybersecurity lab, designed to help prepare the online security experts of the future, has opened on the ATU campus. The cybersecurity lab was built in pods that enable team-based activities such as hackathons and programming contests and features a dedicated server room that allows students to engage in more project-based activities. Arkansas Tech University was among approximately 90 higher education institutions from around the globe that qualified for the 2020 VEX U Robotics World Championship. Arkansas Tech University is the NCAA Division II national leader in community service for the second consecutive year. The National 26 SEPTEMBER 2020

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The Little Rock school announced a new academic program. Students can now pursue a degree in computer analytics with an emphasis in coding.

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Lyon College approved the addition of a data science major, the first private college in Arkansas to do so. The data science major focuses on algorithms and how they apply to data, combining mathematics and computing. The interdisciplinary program can be combined with a range of other majors, including business, psychology and English. Lyon is the first and only Arkansas college to offer archery as a sport and provide archery scholarships. Cara Butler, ’16, received the highest score on the Arkansas Bar Examination in 2019. Butler is clerking for Chief Judge Lavenski R. Smith of the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. She is the only one in her class to receive a federal appellate clerkship. Angelica Holmes, ’15, was named the new executive director of Black Outside Inc. in 2020. The nonprofit organization aims to expand outdoor access, programming and relevancy to communities of color across Texas.

Phase I enhancements to SAU’s baseball facilities were completed with the addition of the Johnson-Dawson Player Development Facility located inside Walker Stadium at Goodheart Field. The Great American Conference’s All-Decade Team included six Muleriders. Barrett Renner (QB, 2014-18), Tanner Hudson (TE, 201417) and Mark Johnson (RB, 2011-13) make up the offensive selections, while Davondrick Lison (DE, 2015-18), Elgin Moore (DB, 2014-17) and Antonio Washington (DT, 2017-current) are the Muleriders’ defensive representatives. Southern Arkansas University is now approved to offer Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in rural and diverse educational leadership, according to the Higher Learning Commission. SAU’s first cohort of doctoral students will be offered fully online and admitted for fall 2021. The Southern Arkansas University engineering program has been awarded a $291,000 research grant from the Arkansas Department of Transportation to study improved methods for manufacturing the asphalt used on the state’s roads and highways. SAU has added a game animation design major, esports teams and a new gaming hub to its offerings. SAU will also offer a game design minor to provide a more well-rounded education.

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LYON COLLEGE Lyon College is the first school in the state to offer a competitive archery team.

their hometowns. This is the first 2+2 partnership between the two institutions and the first MLT online bachelor degree option offered in the state. In June 2020, Northark was ranked fourth on the Best Online Community Colleges in Arkansas rankings released by the Guide to Online Schools. Last July, the Northark RN program was selected Best Value in the State of Arkansas by NursingExplorer.com. In addition, the LPN program was recognized as the second best of 34 LPN programs in the state. Northark garnered national attention for being selected a Best Community College in the Nation (ranked 45th) and a Best Community College in Arkansas (ranked eighth) according to WalletHub’s list of Best & Worst Community Colleges. Northark’s ranking was based on evaluation of 19 key indicators of cost and quality. Last November, Northark curriculum was recognized as a Best Online Small Business Management Course by Intelligent.com. The student-focused comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 1,604 accredited colleges and universities.

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The University of Arkansas kept its tuition flat for the 2020 fall semester, the third time since 2008. The Razorback women’s track and field team won the triple crown of NCAA Division I track and field, with championships in indoor and outdoor seasons as well as cross country. The University of Arkansas added a new interdisciplinary undergraduate major in data


science, with 10 concentrations and faculty support from three colleges. Six new master’s degrees were added, including five in the Sam M. Walton College of Business and one in the College of Education and Health Professions. Three new graduate certificate programs have been added: Educational Measurement, School-Based Speech-Language Pathology and Nursing Education. The university’s undergraduate program in supply chain management was named No. 1 in North America by the global research firm Gartner.

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On July 20, UAFS Chancellor Terisa Riley released “Protecting the Pride,” a comprehensive plan to return the UAFS community to campus for the fall 2020 semester. Students will have the option to attend classes online, on campus or in a hybrid modality based on which option they feel most safe. Campus-wide mandates regarding face coverings and social distancing have been issued, along with increased cleaning and sanitation in high-traffic areas and additional safety measures for food service. Faculty and staff are receiving additional training to improve the delivery of online course material and addressing the individual needs of students who choose to attend classes virtually. All classes will move to an online-only format following the Thanksgiving break and continue through finals week. Despite the many changes required by the COVID-19 pandemic, UAFS remains a vibrant

educational community. Many events such as Cub Camp — a three-day immersion orientation for incoming freshmen — will still be held while adhering to the new safety guidelines. Campus housing remains open, and dining services will continue under a new partnership between the university and Chartwells Higher Education. UAFS launched its second graduate program, a master’s of education, in the spring of 2020. Offering flexible courses, and taught by experienced faculty, this 30-hour program is the perfect choice for teachers seeking an advanced credential. Licensed teachers, or those eligible for licensure, can choose an emphasis in curriculum and instruction or English.

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UA Little Rock began the 2019-20 year with the debut of the first collegiate wrestling program in Arkansas. The men’s basketball team was the 2020 Sun Belt Conference champ and head coach Darrell Walker was named the Joe Gottfried Coach of the Year. Professor Brian Mitchell worked with U.S. Rep French Hill (R-Ark.) to honor Black World War I soldiers. The collaboration was the inspiration for Hill’s introduction of the World War I Valor Medals Review Act, which reviews the military records of all minority service members during World War I to determine if they received proper recognition. The School of Nursing celebrated the 50th anniversary of its accredited degree program, begun in 1970. Over the past five decades, UA Little Rock has graduated more than 4,100 reg-

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The University of Central Arkansas’s Division of Athletics and student-athletes maintained high performance in both competition and the classroom. UCA student-athletes maintained a 3.20 overall grade-point average, an increase from last year’s 3.17 GPA. The football team had 13 All-Southland Conference selections and won the conference championship, their second in three years. Freshman softball pitcher Kayla Beaver tossed two no-hitters, one in her collegiate debut against Jackson State in February. Softball coach David Kuhn reached the 700-win milestone. Senior outfielder Kayla Crutchmer broke the program record for career steals with 102 and finished the abbreviated season as the Division I national leader with 31 steals. The men’s soccer team won the Sun Belt Conference regular-season championship in the program’s first season in the league, its third straight season to win a conference regular season or tournament championship. The Bears claimed nine All-Sun Belt honors, with Niklas Brodacki winning the third conference Player of the Year Award. In women’s soccer, freshman forward Emma Hawkins earned All-Southland Conference honors after leading the Bears in both goals and assists, finishing the season with 15 points, just the second UCA freshman in the last decade to finish a season with double-digit points.

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FRESHMAN SURVIVAL GUIDE The first year of college is an exciting time and a milestone in any young person’s life. But it can also be overwhelming, which is why today’s college campuses offer a variety of amenities and programs to help first-year students get off on the right foot.

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ASU has a comprehensive First Year Experience program that is a required three-credit course, Making Connections, along with extracurricular programs and activities. All first-time college students enroll in this course in their first semester. The course covers campus policy and procedures, study skills, major-to-career information and campus resources. Other FYE courses are strategically designed to be discipline-specific, embedded in students’ majors and taught by faculty from their academic program. ASU’s FYE program is a two-time recipient of the Apple Distinguished Program award for success in preparing students for digital learning. The university has a robust support network for students, including academic advising, tutoring, career services, campus life, multicultural affairs and an Office of Access and Accommodations.

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The APEX Tutoring Center at Arkansas Tech University offers free one-on-one peer tutoring in more than 50 subjects on the Russellville campus. Tutoring is available in biology and math, while the APEX Tutoring Center coordinates with academic departments to offer assistance in accounting, music, statistics and writing at additional locations on campus. Group study sessions for courses such as Calculus I, Calculus II and Quantitative Business Analysis are also available. TECHConnect is a comprehensive orientation experience for all incoming students and includes online pre-orientation, virtual summer workshop series and a four-day on-campus orientation held just before classes begin in August.

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Lyon College’s relationship with new students starts long before their first class begins. Becoming a Scot, an online experience, guides new students through common expectations and required paperwork. That leads to Scot Week, an in-person orientation that takes place just before the start of class, giving incoming freshmen the chance to interact closely with peers and learn how to find and use all of the resources that Lyon College has to offer to get the most out of their education from Day One. Morrow Academic Center (“The MAC”) is the center of academic assistance on campus, hosting the campus writing center, subject-specific tutoring and specific study halls for campus groups. 28 SEPTEMBER 2020

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The numerous activities held at North Arkansas College help freshmen feel welcome.

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NPC hosts mandatory Freshman Orientation for all new students. Every academic division, student organization, student club and student services office is represented on the agenda, explaining their respective areas and what is offered there. This fall, NPC Orientation is offered virtually, using the course management system D2L Brightspace. In addition, the college offers Welcome Week activities. These social activities are designed to offer students an in-depth look at the college’s numerous connection points for students. Every student organization, student club and service program is represented during Welcome Week.

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Northark hosts a Welcome Week for freshmen each fall, featuring fun events to provide students with the opportunity to meet each other and form friendships that will last for years. New Student Orientation also helps ensure student success; students can access videos on how to apply for student aid, learn about credit hours and search courses. The campus Learning Resource Center is the hub for students to take advantage of a wide variety of tutoring. Tutoring is offered in English and mathematics as well as lab sciences, social sciences, business and allied health courses. Tutors also offer study skills assessments and exam preparation services delivered both in-person and virtually.

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SAU offers a two-part program designed to help acclimate freshmen to the college environment. The first program is called BAM, which stands for Becoming a Mulerider. This program allows students to visit the campus and complete all tasks necessary to become a freshman. The second part of the orientation program is called Mulerider Round-Up. This allows freshmen to meet with their Freshman Seminar class and learn about SAU’s guidelines, policies and traditions. Due to COVID-19, these orientation programs are transitioning to an online environment to keep students and staff safe. Visit web. saumag.edu/Orientation/BAM for the latest information on BAM and Mulerider Round-Up.

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and cultural/special interest groups. Students also receive free tickets to all Lions home games for volleyball, baseball and men’s and women’s basketball. UAFS helps ease the transition through Cub Camp, a high-energy educational experience that promotes positive relationships and university pride. Cub Camp is a three-day, immersive program led entirely by upper-class UAFS students who show the incoming students the how-to’s of college life and introduce them to the campus, faculty, university traditions and each other.

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UA Little Rock offers academic help and tutoring through the Communication Skills Center, the Language Resource Center, the Mathematics Assistance Center and the Writing Center. TRIO Student Support Services also provides individualized tutoring for qualified students, and the Disability Resource Center and Military Student Success Center assist applicable student populations with academic and non-academic concerns. UA Little Rock works to make new students feel welcomed, informed and connected to their new life as a Trojan with live sessions on orientation, campus living, financial aid and scholarships, including new scholarships announced over the summer to help students affected by COVID-19. Videos created by students, faculty and staff across campus were made to help students transition virtually at www.ualr.edu/newstudents.

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New freshmen begin their orientation to UCA through events such as Bear Facts Day, Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR) and Welcome Week, which is held the week before classes begin. Freshmen are also required to enroll in a First-Year Seminar course that fulfills a UCA core requirement. All new freshmen attend SOAR, during which students meet with an academic adviser as well as peer mentors (SOS Leaders) and classmates. Welcome Week in August includes both academic preparation sessions as well as many social activities and a Recognized Student Organization Fair each fall. Many first-year students also choose to live in one of UCA’s Residential Colleges their first year, which provide additional support and co-curricular activities for freshmen. In addition, all students have an assigned academic adviser.


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WHAT’S NEW ON CAMPUS

The new Hull building will transform student life at Arkansas Tech University.

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This summer, the college unveiled its new Zoom Room, an educational resource that augments the quality live classroom learning ANC is known for. The newly furnished, comfortable space gives students access to Zoom Optional classes, which give learners the choice of attending class live or connecting remotely using teleconferencing. Arkansas Northeastern College’s new Center for Allied Technologies celebrated its grand opening last summer, just in time for the start of fall classes. The $14.4 million, 90,000-squarefoot center houses the headquarters for the college’s customized training programs. Amenities include general purpose and specialized classrooms and lab space for electrical, mechanical, safety and HVACR programs as well as computer classrooms and large multipurpose rooms. A world-class welding laboratory is also on-site. The facility also houses the aircraft complex, combination nondestructive testing/composites laboratory and general-purpose classrooms to fully accommodate ANC’s Federal Aviation Administration-certified aviation maintenance program. Other related facilities include an aircraft apron, paint booth and tool room.

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ASU-Three Rivers has begun work on Phase I of restoring the historic Ritz Theatre in downtown Malvern. In June, the college received a $663,000 grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council to help fund the project. The extensive restoration will be done across several phases. Phase I will involve renovating and stabilizing the exterior envelope of the Ritz, as well as the installation of a new roof, restoring the entry to that of the 1948 configuration, reinforcing exterior walls and removing the interior walls. Work is expected to be completed on Phase I next spring. When finished, the Ritz Theatre will serve the wider community as well as the 86 30SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER2020 2020

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college for promotion of the arts in the city’s historic district.

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Arkansas Tech University is investing $4.9 million to renovate the former swimming pool area in the Hull Physical Education Building, converting it into a student union space. Funding for the project will come from dedicated student fees, ATU’s educational and general unappropriated fund balance and the university’s food services reserve. Construction on the Hull Building remodel began in spring 2020 with completion anticipated during the fall 2020 semester. Once finished, the student union will include a banquet hall, gaming area, student lounge and catering kitchen. The university is remodeling 17,000 square feet of interior space during the renovation.

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The college is developing plans in conjunction with the North Arkansas College Foundation for a new 64-bed residence hall. The $3 million facility is expected to open in 2021 or 2022. Northark is also adding 11 new Zoom Rooms on campus to expand online learning.

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This November, Southern Arkansas University will begin renovation of Bussey Hall. The residence hall will receive a new roof, restored rooms and fixtures. The plans call for modernization while still maintaining the unique features of one of the campus’ oldest dormitories, at a cost of $700,000. The College of Education is getting a new home to house all faculty and staff and provide model classrooms for students to use. Classrooms will feature current technology used in a typical K-12 class setting, including smartboards, projectors and laptops. The $2.1 million building will also house an office suite for the new doctoral program in the College of Education.

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By year’s end, the university’s band will move into an expanded new space. Completed at a projected cost of $1.3 million, the space includes a new rehearsal hall with the existing rehearsal hall renovated to include additional practice rooms to accommodate the university’s growing number of musicians. A new poultry house has been completed in time for the fall 2020 school term. The $300,000 complex is segmented into learning modules that will take the students through the entire poultry life cycle, from hatch to ready-toprocess. The new facility is part of the university’s Agriculture Department and will house SAU’s new Poultry Science degree, addressing the growing need for a skilled workforce in the poultry industry.

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A new $79 million residence hall, Adohi Hall, features two five-story residential wings with a common space connecting them. The hall includes 200,000 square feet of total space, 368 residential rooms, kitchens on each residential floor and a variety of specialized spaces, including a recording studio, art and maker studio, classroom and gallery spaces, and dance and yoga studio. The hall, which opened in fall 2019, is the first residence hall in the United States to use cross-laminated timber for its construction, representing the university’s commitment to Arkansas’s timber industry. “Adohi” is a Cherokee word meaning “woods” or “timber.” The new $45 million Student Success Center is being built just north of Old Main on campus to house all student success programming and initiatives. The center will have 77,000 square feet of space, including a variety of advising studios and tutoring and mentoring spaces.

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During the 2019-20 school year, UA Little Rock celebrated the grand opening of the Greg L. Hatcher Wrestling Center. Home to the Trojans, the first collegiate wrestling team in Arkan-


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SAFETY Students enjoy a beautiful safe campus at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

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The ASU-Three Rivers campus is very safe overall. The local police department conducts regular patrols on campus at all hours of the day and night; average response time in case of emergency is less than 4 minutes. The university security force consists of one full-time employee during business hours and one part-time employee in the evenings until all classes are concluded. Security conducts patrols in and around the buildings and parking lots and responds to requests for assistance. In case of emergencies or severe weather, campus employees use the Rave Panic Button mobile alert system and Blackboard mobile, text and email alerts for all students and employees.

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Quality and adaptability are focal points of the Arkansas Tech University pandemic recovery plan for fall 2020. The plan is being created by members of the ATU faculty and will be put into motion with involvement from personnel in the ATU Office of Information Systems, the ATU Office of the Registrar and ATU’s Roy and Christine Sturgis Academic Advising Center. Plan provisions include converting a portion of existing face-to-face courses to 100 percent virtual delivery, protecting faculty with known vulnerability to COVID-19, ensuring classroom spaces are reimagined to provide adequate social distancing and allowing students who are quarantined due to exposure to the virus or a positive test to continue coursework through distance technology. An additional pandemic recovery plan has been developed by the ATU Department of Residence Life. Entrances and hallways at ATU student housing facilities will be one-way traffic in and out of the building. Inside campus housing facilities, occupancy limits will be posted in common areas and computer labs and study rooms will either have physical dividers or will be closed in cases when social distancing is not possible. All ATU students, including those who live on campus, are required to complete a daily health screening at the outset of any day that brings them to campus and to wear a mask when in a public space or where social distancing of 6 feet or greater is not possible.

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HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Henderson State University uses Alertus and Rave notification systems to provide notification in the event of emergencies. This includes notifications via an outdoor warning system, text messaging, mobile app, email and desktop notifications. The university also provides Reddie Rides, an on-call ride-home service. The campus has installed 10 outdoor emergency call phones across campus to connect students to assistance should the need arise. Student Support Services also provides academic tutoring, support groups, workshops and academic advice to help students navigate the challenges and stresses of college life. Henderson State University is ready to transition between in-person and remote instruction depending on local COVID-19 conditions and guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even in the midst of a pandemic, the university continues to provide a quality educational experience for students through a flexible combination of in-person, remote and hybrid classes. Visit hsu.edu/campustour for information about Reddies Online: Virtual Visit Series and on-campus tours.

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Lyon College made the decision to continue remote instruction for the fall 2020 semester in order to keep students and community members safe. Students will remain home this semester to participate in remote instruction. The college will offer on-campus arrangements for international students and students with a compelling need. Students will not be charged for fall room and board unless they are eligible to stay on campus. In addition, Lyon is issuing a grant to all students’ accounts to acknowledge their resilience. The Perseverance Grant will reduce each student’s remaining balance for fall tuition by 15 percent, and the college will continue the grant into the spring semester with a 7.5 percent reduction to students’ remaining spring balance.

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classrooms have been outfitted with additional technology to aid in virtual delivery. Several delivery options will be available to students, including on-campus learning, virtual learning using D2L Brightspace and recorded lectures. Cloth facial coverings will be required at all times indoors, including the classroom. Faculty are required to wear cloth facial coverings, and face shields are being made available as well. The library will remain open with reduced capacity, following social distancing guidelines. Student Affairs offices will also remain open with reduced capacity following social distancing guidelines. For other emergencies, NPC maintains an allcall intercom system as well as a phone call/ email/text blast system used for all threats, including security and weather.

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Northark has a Campus Police Department and, in the last year, has upgraded its camera system to provide enhanced surveillance in parking areas and on campus. The college uses Rave alerts for important emergency messages. New Student Orientation prepares new students with the information and tools they need to become familiar with the college environment. For the latest in COVID-19 guidelines, visit the Northark coronavirus website, northark. edu/coronavirus. The college’s Healthy Campus Fall 2020 Reopening Plan may be viewed at northark.edu.

SHORTER COLLEGE

Shorter College is committed to doing what’s necessary to protect the safety of all faculty, staff and students in the era of COVID-19. The janitorial staff deep-cleans and sanitize frequently vistied areas of our campus. Shorter College is vigilant in following safety guidelines issued by the CDC. Upon entry of any building on campus, faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to wear masks and report to multiple temperature check stations. Some of the measures to be practiced daily include wearing masks when in public and on campus, frequently washing hands with soap or sanitizer, and practicing social distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from other individuals. Students, faculty and staff are urged to stay home if they present symptoms such as a cough, fever or sore throat. Immediate notification is


required for those who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive or is experiencing symptoms. A student, faculty or staff member who does test positive is to call in immediately, but not come on campus.

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The University of Arkansas Police Department recently added a campus security patrol separate from the law enforcement division to provide an extra layer of safety. UAPD pursues a strategy of prevention and education to help students recognize things they can do to increase their own safety and deter crime. The university provides emergency notification through RazAlert, which sends key messages by text, email and voice whenever an imminent threat is posed. The university also offers the Rave Guardian app for smartphones, which offers several safety features. The Associated Student Government operates a safe-ride program for students, and campus escorts are available for any student who is out at night. All freshmen take orientation before the start of their classes and also take a course called University Perspectives during their first year. It provides a variety of strategies for staying healthy and safe while in college. The Pat Walker Health Center coordinates several peer-topeer groups in which students work to educate their fellow students about health and safety, including awareness on sexual assault, wellness, nutrition and mental health.

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A campus-wide mask mandate is in effect requiring face coverings indoors and out when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Additional signage, markers and barriers have been placed to remind everyone to follow social distancing protocols. Students and employees alike are asked to self-screen and monitor their individual health conditions daily. Custodial teams have prepared enhanced daily cleaning and disinfecting routines based on CDC and Department of Health guidelines. Personal protective equipment of reusable face coverings, disinfecting wipes and spray, hand sanitizer and face shields have been ordered for all faculty and staff, while centrally located offices throughout campus will be equipped with disposable masks, no-touch thermometers, disposable gloves and gowns and first-aid kits. Hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting wipes are also available in each building. Student health care is also available in many free services provided across campus, including the Powell Student Health Clinic, the Student Counseling Center, the Dave Stevens Lion Pride Food Pantry and the weekly Grab-and-Go Sack Lunch Program. In May, online safety resource YourLocalSecurity.com named UAFS the safest university in Arkansas. UAFS reports drastically lower crime rates than the national averages.

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The UCA Police Department has 25 full-time officers, all with arrest authority. The department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and has a 911 communication center. The UCAPD offers multiple services to UCA and the wider Conway community, including safety escorts across campus, motorist assists and numerous education and safety classes. During the fall 2018 semester, UCAPD launched the Safe@UCA app, which helps all students, faculty and staff stay safe on campus. Key features include Friend Walk, which allows users to send their location in real time to a friend; Report a Tip, which allows individuals to report a crime or Title IX tip and access the confidential reporting hotline; and real-time chat with UCA Police. Throughout the year UCAPD also provides training for the community on different topics. Situational awareness, self-defense, active-shooter and alcohol and drug awareness are just some of the classes offered. The University of Central Arkansas has created a webpage with information regarding COVID-19 response guidelines: uca.edu/ coronavirus/students. UCA recently announced an important partnership with Conway Regional Health System, Central Baptist College and Hendrix College for testing and health services related to COVID-19. More info can be found here: uca.edu/ news/conway-regional-health-system-central-baptist-college-hendrix-college-and-the-university-of-central-arkansas-announce-covid-19-partnership.

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TECHNOLOGY, SAFETY THE PREDOMINANT TRENDS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION IN 2020-21 BY DWAIN HEBDA

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he coronavirus pandemic has already fundamentally changed American society in every conceivable aspect of daily life. Higher education is no exception, and the main trends leading into the academic year 2020-21 reflect that. It’s a trying time for students and colleges alike, but one that officials are confident they are up to the task to handle. “Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the major trend facing higher education right now is content delivery,” said Dr. Wade Derden, vice president for academic affairs at National Park College in Hot Springs. “NPC invested in online instruction long ago. Our college faculty are all required to go through online instructional training. The director of online resources has a doctorate in online instructional design and is a resource for faculty.” “When the pandemic hit, we switched to online quickly. It wasn’t perfect, but we were ready.”

to a digital format last spring without sacrificing the high-touch approach of faculty, ATU students said. “Every faculty member in the ATU Department of Behavioral Sciences has gone above and beyond to make sure students have the help and resources we need during this time,” said Brianna Robinson of Little Rock. “It was nice to have my professors assure me that everything would be fine and I would still finish the coursework needed for graduation.” Alyssa Dougan, a secondary education social studies major from Hope, said she particularly appreciated the flexibility offered by her faculty members during this period of adjustment. “My professors have been rock stars,” she said. “They all have been so understanding of the situation and have done everything in their power to help us succeed. One of my professors allowed for more time on online tests, sent out a survey asking how he could help and extended due dates on assignments. Another professor

Students and their families have other expectations from their college of choice, things that supercede even covid-19 response. Derden said trends in technology and advancements in online curriculum design mean high- quality online study. “The national debate over the quality of online instruction versus face-to-face instruction was resolved well over a decade ago,” he said. “In many general education courses, there is no debate. Online delivery can be even more robust, but it requires a different approach, a different curriculum design and a well-trained faculty member. “These are areas that NPC has invested in for years now. Every course, even the so-called traditional on-campus courses, are required on campus to include online, at a minimum, the course syllabus, the grade book, library and information literacy resources and attendance records. “More and more faculty use the online shells attached to their classes to provide extra content, deliver quizzes and exams, and to provide the class lecture materials for later review. If students are looking for quality online instruction, they can find it at NPC.” Arkansas Tech University in Russellville met the monumental task of shifting all coursework 90 34SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER2020 2020

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has set up times that he will be on Zoom every week just so we can ask him questions. Caring for the whole student has also been the norm at North Arkansas College in Harrison. “Northark faculty, staff, administration and students comprise a family environment,” said Micki Somers, director of public relations and marketing. “We have long focused on providing holistic student support services that focus on the entire college experience, not only academics. “For the upcoming year, the college is committed to balancing campus health and student success with delivering the high-quality educational experience Northark is known for.” To accomplish this, Northark has invested in several new features to help students succeed. Among the additions are Zoom Rooms and expanded Wi-Fi, provided at no cost to the student. Students can also check out laptops and internet hotspots for the entire semester to overcome lack of appropriate internet service in many areas of Northark’s service areas. And there’s more. “Northark is working diligently on a system Special Advertising Section

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to grant prior learning credit for students to attain high-quality, post-secondary credentials and get in and out of programs quicker and enter the workforce,” Somers said. “We’re accomplishing this while still providing a high-quality education that’s affordable.” One Arkansas college has set itself apart from the field in providing for student safety. Lyon College of Batesville announced over the summer that it would open the 2020-21 academic year 100 percent virtually. “After the mid-semester pivot to fully online instruction in March 2020, Lyon College began planning for a number of different scenarios for the fall 2020 semester,” said Dr. Melissa Taverner, provost and dean of faculty. “We had to consider the impact of bringing over 600 people from around the world to our small community and whether this influx of people would increase the spread of the virus and the pressure on our health care providers. As July progressed and the regional caseload continued to increase rapidly, we made the decision to migrate fully online for the fall semester to make sure that the Lyon and the Batesville communities would stay safe.” Taverner said the college has continued to look for creative ways to keep students engaged and connected to the campus, albeit remotely. “We seek to develop and to maintain a curriculum that is relevant and forward-thinking,” she said. “Our goal is to continue to provide the outstanding liberal arts education for which Lyon College is known.” Su-Ann Tan-Brown, director of communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, said students and their families have other expectations from their college of choice, things that supersede even COVID-19 response. “College students today expect universities to provide a more personalized advising and registration experience so they don’t feel like they are just a cog in a machine,” she said. “Additionally, they also look forward to starting or continuing their college career at their convenience. Students today are more in tune with how their college degree will fit into their current lifestyle. “SAU is continuing to capitalize on these trends by providing personalized advising sessions, direct communication with professors and deans, and by ensuring that enrollment remains easy and convenient.” Tan-Brown said the challenge for all institutions of higher learning is to balance providing a true collegiate experience with keeping people safe.


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“While COVID-19 has certainly set the stage for a new normal, SAU is steadfast in its mission to continue providing the complete college experience, with some modifications,” she said. “SAU continues to meet the needs of our students by incorporating ever-changing academic and co-curricular advancement.” Kurt Boniecki, associate provost for academic success at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, identified two major trends in the underlying pedagogy, or philosophy, of how courses are structured and delivered. “Faculty and institutions are examining the impact of more traditional forms of instruction on our students across distinctive student subpopulations such as gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, first-generation students and nontraditional students,” he said. “They are exploring new methods of inclusive instruction to ensure greater and broader success. “UCA’s Center for Teaching Excellence is providing training and leading discussions on anti-racist pedagogy and creating inclusive classrooms. UCA’s Torreyson Library, in collaboration with UCA’s Faculty Senate, have created an online library guide that lists resources for faculty to learn more about inclusive teaching and the history of inequality in higher education.” Another major teaching trend, experiential learning, is also in high demand, Boniecki said. “As students continue to expect a college degree to improve their future employment oppor-

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tunities, institutions are working to ensure that their graduates leave with not only knowledge but with the skills and hands-on experience needed for a fast-changing, competitive employment environment,” he said. “UCA has long offered a wide range of experiences to students, and has more recently sought to coordinate, support and document these activities.” Erin Finzer, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs with UA Little Rock, said many of the same goals students and institutions had pre-pandemic are still important. “Nationally, the value of a traditional fouryear degree is under debate,” she said. “Despite this, college graduates still make, on average, $1 million more in lifetime earnings than those with only a high school degree. Data also shows college graduates enjoy better personal health, greater civic engagement and a higher quality of life. “Students today, however, are looking for a return on investment. They seek scholarships and grants to avoid college debt. They look for shortened time to graduation through concurrent education, credit for prior learning and learning that leads to gainful employment.” David Montague, UA Little Rock executive director of online learning and faculty mentoring, said the university is already looking to what’s next in technology as it pertains to content delivery. “An increasing number of our students use

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their mobile devices to access their learning management system content,” he said. “At a diverse, metropolitan institution like UA Little Rock, student retention and completion present difficult challenges, as a one-size-fits-all approach does not work. UA Little Rock is committed to providing access and support to all students pursuing higher education and opportunities for success in central Arkansas.” Students at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville are particularly interested in educational and socially relevant experiences that transcend the classroom, said Charlie Alison, an editor in the University Relations Department. “More students are coming to college with the desire to build relationships outside of class that are tied into their major field of study,” he said. “The university began developing Living Learning Communities in the various residence halls earlier this decade to meet that desire. For instance, Holcombe Hall is an international learning community and houses both international students and American students interested in international studies.” Community service is another element of higher education that today’s college student values greatly. Alison said the university has taken steps to accommodate this trend as well. “We’ve seen growth in the number of students who want courses that incorporate service to the community in their curriculum,” he said. “The University of Arkansas Service Learning program helps faculty develop courses that


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Conway CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE Paragould CROWLEY’S RIDGE COLLEGE CROWLEY’S RIDGE COLLEGE HARDING UNIVERSITY HARDING UNIVERSITY Searcy Arkadelphia HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY HENDRIX COLLEGE HENDRIX COLLEGE

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$3,750 $3,750 $3,200 $3,200 $3,502 $3,502 $4600 (room &$4600 board)(room & board) $6,410 (including meals) $6,410 (including meals)

$14,144

$4,777

$14,395

$4,565 (for freshmen) $4,565 (for freshmen)

$4,777

Arkadelphia OUACHITA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY OUACHITA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

870-245-5000 870-245-5000 1,574 Arkadelphia 800-DIAL-OBU 800-DIAL-OBU

1,574

up to 18

fees)(including fees) up to 18$13,640 (including $13,640

Little Rock PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE

501-375-9845 800 Little Rock 501-375-9845

800

12-16

12-16 $5,902

Magnolia SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY De Queen UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSASOF ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY COSSATOT COSSATOT Little UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSASOF ATARKANSAS UNIVERSITY ATRock LITTLE ROCK LITTLE ROCK

870-235-4040 Magnolia 870-584-4471 De Queen 800-844-4471 800-482-8892 Little Rock

4468 (Fall 2018)4468 (Fall15 870-235-4040 2018) 1,550 12 870-584-4471 1,550 800-844-4471 9,000 (Fall 2020) 800-482-8892 9,000 (Fall12 2020)

15 12

1st/2nd-yr $2,596/upperclass suites $2,954; suites $2,954; 1st/2nd-yr $2,596/upperclass board/sem $1,528; room reservation $235 board/sem $1,528; room reservation $235 $3,210 $3,208 $3,210 $3,208 72/hr (in-county)/$102/hr (out of state) (out of state)N/A 72/hr (in-county)/$102/hr N/A

12

4764.30 (tuition4764.30 & fees,(tuition 15 hours) & fees, 15 hours)

$3,502.50 (including room(including & board)room & board) $3,502.50

Monticello UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSASOF ATARKANSAS UNIVERSITY AT MONTICELLO MONTICELLO PinePINE Bluff UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSASOF PINE UNIVERSITY ARKANSAS BLUFF BLUFF Fayetteville UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSASOF ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY

870-460-1026 870-460-1026 3,643 15 Monticello 3,643 800-844-1826 800-844-1826 2,579 (Fall 2018) Pine870-575-8000 Bluff 870-575-8000 2,579 (Fall15 2018)

15

$150/credit hr $150/credit hr

$1,320-$2,260 $1,320-$2,260

15

$2,565 (AY 2019-20) $2,565 (AY 2019-20)

$4,236 (20 meals) $4,236 (20 meals)

15

$4,692 (including fees)(including fees) $4,692

$5,665 (room &$5,665 board)(room & board)

479-575-5346 Fayetteville 800-377-8632 501-450-5000 UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY OF CENTRALConway ARKANSAS Conway Smith Smith UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSASOF ATARKANSAS FORT FortAT UNIVERSITY FORT Fort479-788-7000 SMITH SMITH Clarksville 479-979-1227 Clarksville UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS 800-264-8636 Walnut Ridge 800-722-4434 Walnut Ridge WILLIAMS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY WILLIAMS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY 870-759-4120

27,559 479-575-5346 27,559 15 800-377-8632 10,869 501-450-5000 10,869 15 6,626 (Fall 2017) 479-788-7000 6,626 (Fall15 2017) 825 479-979-1227 800-264-8636 500 800-722-4434 870-759-4120

$4000 (room &$4000 board)(room & board)

$5,902

825

12-17

$4,669 $3,777 $4,669 $3,777 $166/credit hr (in-state); $461/credit hr(out-of$2,208-$3,506/sem + meal plan + meal plan $166/credit hr (in-state); $461/credit hr(out-of$2,208-$3,506/sem state) state) $3,900 12-17 $12,475 $12,475 $3,900

500

12-17

12-17 $8,334

$8,334

$4,013

$4,013 N/A

15 15

Blytheville 870-762-1020 870-762-1020 1,562 15 Blytheville 1,562 ARKANSAS NORTHEASTERN ARKANSAS NORTHEASTERN COLLEGE COLLEGE Beebe 1-800-632-9985 2,250 15 Beebe 1-800-632-9985 2,250 ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY BEEBE BEEBE West MemphisWest 870-733-6722 1561 (2018-2019) 1-18 Memphis 870-733-6722 1561 (2018-2019) ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY 866-733-6722 866-733-6722 MID-SOUTH MID-SOUTH

15

$72/hr

$72/hr

N/A

15

$102/hr

$102/hr

$2,800(double);$2,800(double); $3,225 (single)(including meals) $3,225 (single)(including meals)

1-18

$95/hr (in-county); $115/hr (out-of-county/inN/A $95/hr (in-county); $115/hr (out-of-county/instate); $155/hr state); (out-of-state) $155/hr (out-of-state)

Mountain 870-508-6100 Mountain Home ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY ARKANSAS STATEAT UNIVERSITY AT Home MOUNTAIN HOME MOUNTAIN HOME Newport 870-512-7800 Newport ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITYARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITYNEWPORT NEWPORT Ozark 479-667-2117 Ozark ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY OZARK OZARK Little Rock 501-202-6200 Little Rock BAPTIST HEALTH COLLEGE LITTLE BAPTIST HEALTH COLLEGE LITTLE ROCK ROCK 870-248-4000 Pocahontas BLACK RIVER BLACK TECHNICAL COLLEGE RIVER TECHNICALPocahontas COLLEGE Malvern 501-337-5000 Malvern ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY 800-337-0266 THREE RIVERSTHREE RIVERS Forrest City Forrest 870-633-4480 City EAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY EAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE COLLEGE Hot Springs Hot501-760-4159 Springs NATIONAL PARK COLLEGE NATIONAL PARK COLLEGE Harrison 870-743-3000 Harrison NORTH ARKANSAS COLLEGE NORTH ARKANSAS COLLEGE 800-679-6622 479-986-4000 Bentonville NORTH WEST NORTH ARKANSAS COMMUWEST ARKANSASBentonville COMMU800-995-6922 NITY COLLEGENITY COLLEGE Melbourne Melbourne 870-368-2300 OZARKA COLLEGE OZARKA COLLEGE 800-821-4335 Helena 870-338-6474 Helena PHILLIPS COMMUNITY COLLEGE PHILLIPS COMMUNITY COLLEGE North Little North 501-812-2200 Little UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSASOF PULASKI UNIVERSITY ARKANSAS PULASKI Rock Rock TECHNICAL COLLEGE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Plus Books andPlus Fees/ 15 to 18$2,304 In-State$2,304 In-State Books and Fees/ N/A $3912 Out-of-State Plus Books andPlus FeesBooks and Fees $3912 Out-of-State $96/hr N/A 15 $96/hr

N/A

$1935 ($129 cr $1935 hr), (fees $161 ($129 cr cr hr),hr) (fees $161 cr hr)

N/A

To compile this, forms were sent to every qualified college and university with instructions to return by a specified deadline. Those schools not meeting the deadline were repeated from last year. Every attempt is made to gather and verify the information.

To compile this, forms were sent to every qualified college and university with instructions to return by a specified deadline. Those schools not meeting the deadline were repeated from last year. Every attempt is made to gather and verify the information.

HOUSING/SEM HOUSING/SEM $4,412 (double$4,412 occupancy: 16 meals/week) (double occupancy: 16 meals/week) $5,011(room &$5,011(room board) & board)

Mena UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSASOF RICH UNIVERSITY ARKANSAS RICH MOUNTAIN MOUNTAIN North Little SHORTER COLLEGE SHORTER COLLEGE Rock El Dorado SOUTH ARKANSAS COMMUNITY SOUTH ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE COLLEGE Pine Bluff SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS COLLEGE SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS COLLEGE

1,345 870-508-6100

1,345

15 to 18

2,362 870-512-7800

2,362

15

2097 (Fall 2019)2097 (Fall15 479-667-2117 2019) 700 501-202-6200

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Varies by program Varies by program Varies by program Varies by program

N/A

N/A

No Campus Housing No Campus Housing

1476 (Fall 2019)1476 (Fall12 870-248-4000 2019) 1,151 12 501-337-5000 1,151 800-337-0266 1047 (Fall 2017)1047 (Fall12 870-633-4480 2017)

12 12

$160 Instate per credit hourper with fees hour with fees N/A $160 Instate credit $1,530 N/A $1,530

N/A N/A

12

N/A

3,327 12 501-760-4159 3,327 1,786 12 870-743-3000 1,786 800-679-6622 8000 15 479-986-4000 8000 800-995-6922 1,139 12-15 870-368-2300 1,139 800-821-4335 1,540 15 870-338-6474 1,540 5591 (Spring 2019) Varies 501-812-2200 5591 (Spring 2019)

12 12

$85/credit hr (in-county); (out-of-county); N/A $85/credit $95/hr hr (in-county); $95/hr (out-of-county); $113/hr (out-of-state) $113/hr (out-of-state) $90 per credit hour N/A $90 per credit hour $888 (in-county) N/A $888 (in-county)

N/A N/A

$1,125 in-district ($75/credit hr);($75/credit $2,025 out-of-dis$1,125 in-district hr); $2,025N/A out-of-district ($135/credit hr)($135/credit hr) trict N/A 12-15 $90/hr $90/hr

N/A

$73 15 $73 in-state Varies $134/credit hr,$134/credit hr, in-state

N/A N/A

N/A N/A

15

N/A

479-394-7622 479-394-7622 938 Mena

938

15

15

$1,215

$1,215

N/A

N/A

501-374-6305 N/A North Little 501-374-6305 Rock 870-862-8131 870-862-8131 1,450 El Dorado

N/A

12

12

$2,052

$2,052

N/A

N/A

1,450

15

15

$1,245/$1,440/$2580 $1,245/$1,440/$2580

N/A

N/A

1,400 Pine870-850-8605 Bluff 870-850-8605 888-SEARKTC 888-SEARKTC 870-574-4500 870-574-4500 1,800 Camden

1,400

3-18

3-18

$96/hr

N/A

N/A

1,800

15

15

1,479

15

15

$108/hr (in-state); $156/hr (out-of-state) $1200-$1400/sem double (on-campus); $108/hr (in-state); $156/hr (out-of-state) $1200-$1400/sem double (on-campus); $1400sem double (off-campus]. plans areMeal additional. $1400sem doubleMeal (off-campus]. plans are additional. $75/hr (in-district); $87.50/hr (out-of-district) N/A $75/hr (in-district); $87.50/hr (out-of-district) N/A

1,500

12

12

$66/credit hr (in-district); $74/hr (out-of-district) N/A $66/credit hr (in-district); $74/hr (out-of-district)

N/A

1,838

12

12

$92/hr (in-district); $102/hr (in-state) $92/hr (in-district); $102/hr (in-state) N/A

N/A

Camden SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY TECH TECH Batesville 870-612-2000 870-612-2000 1,479 Batesville UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSASOF COMUNIVERSITY ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT BATESVILLE MUNITY COLLEGE AT BATESVILLE Hope & Texar- Hope 870-777-5722 1,500 & Texar870-777-5722 UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSASOF COMUNIVERSITY ARKANSAS COMkana kana MUNITY COLLEGE AT HOPE-TEXMUNITY COLLEGE AT HOPE-TEXARKANA ARKANA Morrilton 800-264-1094 800-264-1094 1,838 Morrilton UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSASOF COMUNIVERSITY ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT MORRILTON MUNITY COLLEGE AT MORRILTON

94 SEPTEMBER 2020

700

15

N/A

$96/hr

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AP/CLEP/IB

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$8,503 including campus room & board

Rolling

Mar. 1st Priority

$8,268 (based on 15 hrs/sem)

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$10,357

Mar. 1st

Feb. 1st (Freshmen), Apr. 1st (transfers)

ACT/SAT

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AP/CLEP/IB

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ACT/SAT ACT/COMPASS/SAT

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April 1st Priority

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May 1st

None

ACT/SAT

Open/No Fee

AP/CLEP

1270/15 hours

Open

Apr. 15th Priority

ACT/ACCUPLACER

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N/A

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Priority dates June 1/Nov. 1/Apr. 1

June 1st

ACT/ACCUPLACER

Open/No Fee

CLEP

Approx. $2,675 but varies depending on academic/technical program (does not include transportation, personal expenses, housing).

Open Fall 2019; Spring 2020 Priority, Oct. 30

Nov. 1 (Spring 2020); May 1 (Fall 2020)

ACT/ASSET/COMPASS/SAT/ACCUPLACER

Open

AP/CLEP/Prior Learning

Priority Consideration Deadline June 1st Open

Mar. 15

Open/No Fee

AP/CLEP

June 1st

ACT/COMPASS/SAT/ACCUPLACER CLASSIC/ACCUPLACER NEXT GEN ACCUPLACER/

Open/No Fee

AP/CLEP

$1935 (not including books or applicable course fees) Varies by program

Open

June 15 (Fall)/Nov. 15 (Spring)

ACT/SAT/ACCUPLACER

Open/No Fee

AP/CLEP

May 1 / Oct 1

June 1st/Dec. 1st

ACT/SAT

Varies By Program/No Fee

CLEP/AP

Varies $1,530 plus books & fees

Open Open

Mar. 1st May 1st/ Dec 1st

ACT/ACCUPLACER ACT/ASSET/SAT/ACCUPLACER

Open/No Fee Open/No Fee

AP AP/CLEP

N/A

July 1st

Varies

ACT/ACCUPLACER

Open/No Fee

AP/CLEP

Varies N/A

Open Varies

February 1st May 1st

ACT/ACCUPLACER/SAT ACT or ACCUPLACER/COMPASS

Open/No Fee Open

AP/CLEP/IB/Accuplacer AP/CLEP

$2,164 in-district, $3,054 out-of-district (tuition/fees/books) Varies

N/A

March 1st

ACT/ACCUPLACER/SAT

Open/No Fee

AP/CLEP/DANTE

Priority deadline June 1

Apr. 1st

ACT/ASSET/ACCUPLACER

Open/No Fee

AP/CLEP

$1,510 The average cost of tuition and basic fees for a full-time student taking 15 hours is $2,835 per semester. $2,130 including fees & books

Call 870-338-6474. Fall-May 15, Spring-Oct. 15, Summer-Mar. 15

Call 870-338-6474. Open

ACT/ACCUPLACER ACT/ACCUPLACER

Open/No Fee Open/No Fee

AP/CLEP AP/CLEP

July 1st

Nov. 15 & Apr. 1st

ACT/SAT/COMPASS

Open/No Fee

AP/CLEP

$3000 including books

Open

Open

ACT/SAT/COMPASS/ACCUPLACER

Open

CLEP

Varies

July 1st

Mar. 1st

none

Open/No Fee

AP/CLEP

Varies

Apr. 15 priority

Apr. 30th

ACT/ACCUPLACER

Open

AP/CLEP

Varies

Varies

Mar. 1st

ACT/SAT/ACCUPLACER

Open/No Fee

CLEP

Varies

Open

Contact Financial Aid

ACT/ASSET/SAT/ACCUPLACER

Open/No Fee

AP/CLEP

$1,350 (including textbooks)

Open

Apr. 1st

ACT/COMPASS/ACCUPLACER

Open/No Fee

AP/CLEP

$2,200

June 1st Priority

Nov. 1st/ Apr. 1st

ACT/COMPASS/ACCUPLACER

Open/No Fee

AP/CLEP

$10,459 $7,698 $1100-$1500

$2,610 (plus books & fees)

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CREDIT EXAM ACCEPTED

TOTAL SEM COST

ACT/SAT

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