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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENTS 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 ensures you have an opportunity to achieve your educational DR. goals byMICHAEL providing programs (MIKE) DOYLE KYLE D. PARKER, JD, PRESIDENT and services designed for students who plan CRAFT SCHOOL ARKANSAS AND CEO to seek immediate employment, transition to Arkansas Craft School educates aspiring craft ARKANSAS COLLEGES OF HEALTH a new career or a“The four-year degree. Nowhere artisans forstate-ofsuccess in the creative economy. Located else in Arkansas will you find the EDUCATION the-art technical in programs with cutting-edge Mountain View, the Arkansas Craft School is a “Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) is changtechnology to prepare you for today’s high-private career school, offering 16-week non-traditional, ing the direction of healthcare in Arkansas and beyond tech world. Visit us at One College Circle in programs in Artistic Blacksmithing, preparation through the power of education. Whether you pursueMalvern or on thecareer web at www.COTO. edu. Woodworking, becoming a physician, physical therapist, occupational At College of the Fine Ouachitas you will discover Ceramics/Pottery, Textile/Fiber Art, Higher Degree and of You!”Jewelry Making. Unlike other schools, education therapist, or achieve a master in biomedical science,a ACHE
at Arkansas Craft School is hands on, fast paced, and competency based. There are no grades; rather, students work at the skills and techniques needed to gain employment as an artisan until they can demonstrate proficiency. Instruction is sequenced, each week new skills and techniques are introduced to students that build upon their prior learning and accomplishments. At the end of the sixteen-week program, students receive a Certificate of Competency in Contemporary Craft Arts and a transcript documenting their preparation to enter their chosen field. The Arkansas Craft School is an open DR. W. JOSEPH (JOEY) KING school. Our only criterion for admission is an admission LYON COLLEGEability to benefit from our program and a willingness to “Lyon College leads the way in preparing learn. ForThemore students for today’s workforce. skills information, or to enroll, contact Dr. Mikethinking, at 870-269-8397 or sought by employers--critical firstname.lastname@example.org.” leadership, collaboration--are those in which
is ready to make your dream a reality. Our mission to educate and train a diverse group of highly competent and compassionate healthcare professionals to improve the lives of others is the driving force behind the outstanding faculty and staff that make up ACHE.”
our graduates excel. Small class sizes foster mentoring between students and faculty in an interdisciplinary liberal arts program where experiential learning and a culture of innovation are embraced. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive residential community focused on educating the whole DR. STEVE ROOK person. Campus priorities include restoring ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY a computer science major and the addition of a film and media studies minor. We have THREE RIVERS “Arkansas State University Three Rivers is committedalso toexpanded varsity and club sports, and have a professional gamer to coach the new improving the lives of the residents in our communities esports program, offering another “only at we serve. For 53 years, the College has been committed to Lyon” experience. A ROTC military science concentration is planned, along with an making a positive difference in people’s lives. ASU Three exercise science major and minor, pending Rivers ensures you have the opportunity to achieve your final approval by the college’s accreditor. educational goals by providing programs and services Lyon is the only pet-friendly campus across designed for our students who plan to seek immediate the region, and a newly opened dog park is one of many spots where students find employment, transition to a new career, or earn a four respite. year degree. Visit us at One College Circle in Malvern or Come see what has made Lyon College such an exceptional place for nearly at www.asutr.edu. At ASUTR, you will discover a Higher 150 years.”
Degree of You!”
DR. SHEMWELL DR. STEVE COLE, CHANCELLO DR.JAMES JAMES SHEMWELL ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY OF ARKAN ARKANSAS NORTHEASTERN NORTHEASTERN COSSATOT COLLEGE COLLEGE “We are arevery veryproud proud of the Arkansas Northeastern “We of the Arkansas “We know you have choices College’s reputation for bothfor personal attention andyour friends, your mus Northeastern College’s reputation about excellence teaching; both personalinattention andhowever, excellencewe in are especially wouldproud love to be your choice of the individual achievements teaching; however, we are especially and proudsuccesses of Wethe refuse for UA Cossatot to PLAN YOURofVISIT: whoand comprise a We love te ofthousands the individualstudents achievements successesour history. and ANC staleiscollege. OBU.EDU/ADM IS S IONS two-year institution of higher education, which boasts the 1.800.DIAL.OBU oflowest the thousands of students comprise always looking for ways cost of any collegewho in the stateAtwhile itsaregraduates Ouachita, we dofresh. moreOur textbook p our history. ANC is a two-year institution of college earn the most. ANC graduates go onthan to learn become doctors together. We do higher education,business which boasts the lowest really cool;gone and lawyers, owners andlifecorporate managers, together. As a nationally- are the days cost any college in the stateand whilewelders, its ranked, books cost more than your tu top-tier steelofindustry technicians nurses anduniversity, EMTs pride ourselves in for a small graduates earn the most. graduates go wecertiﬁcates textbook rentals — the possibilities are ANC plentiful. Technical and offering high-impact learning training programs relevant skills for entering the on to become doctors provide and lawyers, business classroom materials are com experiences that will prepare workplace with better earning potential—in one orOur for a job, w owners and corporate managers, steel youyear are looking you for your future career. less, in technicians many cases. can nurses provide the foundation for commitment totechnical a love of God that will ge industry and ANC welders, options andcareer love ofadvancement, learning means future academic studies,are training and EMTs—the possibilities plentiful.for quickly. If you are looking fo here ready to or skills certificates for a whole career. Joinyou’ll us atleave thecollege Arkansas Technical andnew training programs enjoy the engage with the worldexperience, – and Northeastern College to prepare for a make betterafuture.” difference it. and then ma provide relevant skills for entering the college lifeinfirst workplace with better earning potential—in a four-year college. We are Ouachita one year or less, in many cases. ANC can Come see how another awesome year and h invest in you. provide the foundation for future academic can choice for higher education!” We would love to studies, training for career advancement, or show you around! skills for a whole new career. Join us at the Arkansas Northeastern College to prepare for a better future.”
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DR. ROBIN E. BOWEN DR. JUDY I. PILE, CHANCELLOR ARKANSAS TECH BAPTIST HEALTH COLLEG NORTHEASTERN COLLEGE COSSATOT UNIVERSITY LITTLE ROCK “We are very proud of the Arkansas “We know you have choices in life—choices “Arkansas Tech University empowers “BHCLR is a unique institution Northeastern College’s reputation for about your friends, your music, your life. We students to apply their grit and transform the health care workforce nee both personal attention and excellence in would love to be your choice for education. their lives for the better. We rank No. 1 in We offer one-year programs, teaching; however, we are especially proud We refuse for UA Cossatot to be an old Arkansas and among the top 10 percent degrees, and bachelor degrees of the individual achievements and successes and stale college. 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DR. KEITH PINCHBACK PHILLIPS COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS “Here at Phillips College of the University DR.Community RANDY ESTERS of Arkansas, we want you to know thatCOLLEGE we are all about NORTH ARKANSAS encouraging our students to think about how important “North Arkansas Collegeand ranksourascommunities. the education is in building our families Best Community College and activities the Through engaging17th coursework and leadership 24th Most Affordable Community College both in and outside the classroom, we are in this together Offers Onlineway. Degrees in the nation. and with you everythatstep of the a new online We realize thatWe’re whatexcited we dotoisannounce so important, because hybridthese format delivery MedicaltoLaborawhat happens inside walls has oftheourpower change our students’ livestory andTechnology that change the Coursework potential (MLT)offers program. to positively affectis the lives families and their online andofthetheir clinical is completed in communities. a facility near the student’s home. We’ve I cannot say enough about our faculty for their added four university partnership agree-hard work in helping usments: achieve a newTechlevel of recognition Arkansas University, John Brownas a Leader College of Distinction. This special recognition University, the University of Arkansas Sam is awarded when aM.college has met challenges Walton College of Business, andand Evangel succeeded in improving student success over at least Internships three consecutive University years. Werecently. are very proud with to beFedEx selected and Pace Industries to for this honor andFreight, pledgeTyson our Foods continued commitment to getachieves hands-onhis/her experience ensuring that eachenable of ourstudents students goals. while they pursue theirsystem education. We state, we As the oldest community college in the are a nationally withindivida have the most experience whenrecognized it comes college to giving small-townand feel. walks I’d like ofto life extend personal uals from all backgrounds thea necessary invitation to you potential. to visit us in Harrison and tools to increase their earnings Whether you have chosen PCCUA to getWeyour degree tour Northark for yourself. are proud to at a lower cost, because it is closer to home and family, or, be Pioneers!” perhaps, because you realize that the courses provided here are the same quality as those taught by universities, you have made a wise decision. By choosing PCCUA, you choose to be a part of a culture of respect, diligence, and collaboration, and we are proud to be your next step.”
JASON L. MORRISON, ED.D. SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY TECH “SAU Tech is moving forward at a fast pace with the inclusion of NJCAA softball for fall 2019. The Rockets’ first basketball season went beyond expectations and we are excited to gear up for another year. Next summer, we will be adding an addition to our health care lineup and this fall we have added non-destructive testing to our industrial technology area of study. SAU Tech continues to grow with student housing and extensive student support services. Our business and industry partners share our excitement as they are supporting our efforts as never before and our team of faculty and staff are looking forward to a busy and successful
CHARLES ROBINSON, INTERIM DR. JEROME GREEN CHANCELLOR SHORTER COLLEGE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS “Shorter is committed to its motto, ‘Your Path to AT FAYETTEVILLE Possible.’ We are graduating students that are capable “The University of Arkansas is proud to have students and equipped to compete not just within the state of from every county in the state andDR.every state L.inSMOTHERS, the Arkansas, nationally. Since our founding, Shorter DR. EVELYN but E. JORGENSON DR. BEN R. SELLS RODERICK SR. country.UNIVERSITY We are a destination school for students in state College has been in the business of transforming lives NORTHWEST ARKANSAS OUACHITA BAPTIST PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE and outas because we have the most“For comprehensive rangeSmith College by providing ourCOLLEGE students with a premier, quality “Ranked higher by Niche.com COMMUNITY the top private 142 years, Philander of majors, classes, and the next education. One of our primary goals is to enrich university in Arkansas, “NorthWest Arkansas Community College Ouachita is a research and artistic has beenopportunities, inspiring and educating world-class faculty. We also provide nearly 240 differacademic instructional programs and student services to seeks to empower lives, inspire learning and Christ-centered learning community that pregeneration of leaders who seek to enact ent degrees and certificates at a quality and cost that endow students withthrough the knowledge, strengthen community accessible, skills and abilities pares students for ongoing intellectual and our communities, routinely has us recognized as onechange of theinbest values in state, nation toaffordable, becomequality scholastically professionally productive education and at locations spiritual growth,the livescountry. of meaningful work, our land-grant and world. Our legacy a quality Embracing mission, the Uofofproviding A in today’s global society. Shorter has remained steadfast throughout Benton and Washington counties. and reasoned engagement with the world. liberal arts curriculum, with a focus on socia has been at the center of higher education in Arkansas for in ensuring that our students are receiving all of the We focus on providing what our learners Ouachita is rising to further innovate and justice, has withstood the test of time and more than 150 years, and we’re just getting better. If you necessary tools required to effectively complete their need, whetherjourney. that’s adultWebasic achieve the students today will be asserted Philander an educational pillar i lookingoffor a once-in-a-lifetime experience thatassets educational areeducation, supplying our students withso that are new job skills for today’shotspots workplace, or the able As to meet theyou challenges and embrace the success,Arkansas. Though a small, up to achieve lifelong then I encourage youprivate institution laptops and mobile at no out of pocket cost. foundation to pursue a four-year degree opportunities of totomorrow. Students dreams Our dreams include making come check us benefit out. I think you’llPSCfind you big. belong.” we continue to move the college forward, it is imperative and post-graduate study. NWACC creates an past achievements from the university’s liberal arts tradition and education accessible to students who have a that we work together to build on our and plan forthat continued successes.” environment inspires students and enunique high-impact learning opportunities, desire for knowledge and academic achieve courages them to maximize their potential.” which afford valuable perspectives and ment. As we celebrate this great milestone experiences in their respective fields. With a in our history, we know our greatest assets 99 percent placement rate for new graduates are our students and our faculty and staff. and record retention for current students, It is with a student-centered approach to Ouachita is committed to providing students learning and a steadfast dedication to with a college experience that shapes their helping our scholars thrive that we continue lives and sets them on a trajectory for to move FORWARD into the future.” 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.”
DR. TERISA C. RILEY, DR. CHRISTINA DRALE, CHANCELLOR DR. TERISA C. CHANCELLOR RILEY, CHANCELLOR UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS – UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK FORTFORT SMITH SMITH AT “As a metropolitan research university in Arkansas’s “The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith offers students DR. TREY BERRY “The University of Arkansas–Fort Smith on its location to UNIVERSITY aoffers transformational SOUTHERN ARKANSAS a transformationaleducational educational experience. Highly trained largest city, UA Little Rock capitalizes develop partnerships in every key economic sector and professors in state-of-the-art facilities prepare students “Over the past six years, Southern Arkansas experience, where students learn from builds those connections into the student to excel in high-demand careers and Universityexperience. has experienced record enrollmen highly-trained professors in state-of-the art top-tier graduate DR. ANDREW ROGERSON Students will find a wide variety of internship, work,programs in cyschools. UAFS lives up to the promise of providing and growth. Newfield academic facilities. UAFS lives up to the promise of UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS clinical practice, and client-based project opportunities students deep and rich knowledge in their area of study ber criminology, public health, game design providing both a deep and rich knowledge in LITTLE ROCK that bring what they learn in the classroom to life. as well as a welcoming, engaging community thatATenables and animation, poultry science, musical the athem majortoarea of study as well as engaging By offering a large number of merit and need-based “As chancellor of the University of Arkansas learn to think critically, communicate expertly, ater and engineering have students so that they learn to think critically, provide access to an affordable, qualityattracted student and work with diverse teams. We are committed toat Little Rock, I scholarships, invite students toweconsider and have transformed communicate expertly and work with diverse education for a diverse UA Little Rock isSAU into a truly glob providing an affordable education by offering exceptional an education in the state’s capital city, student body. campus. The School of Graduate Studies teams. Our graduates are prepared to graduates of UAFS more than its location; it’s a place where you can find scholarships and grants that allow to where access to many research, internship, has also grown dramatically and offers a compete nationally for jobs in their chosen your unique sense of belonging and realize your full take out less debt than their peers. UAFS is truly the home and employment opportunities community wide variety of programs, both online and potential.” careers, andopportunity, gain admissionand to some of of access, success.” are just minutes away. We are dedicated to on campus. Our primary mission at SAU is the world’s top graduate programs. We are providing an affordable, quality education to to serve students, and our culture of caring committed to providing an affordable eduArkansas students to ensure they graduate has new and current students and alumni cation, providing students with exceptional with as little debt as possible in their pursuit throughout the state and nation saying SAU scholarships and grants which allow graduof higher education. Our goal is to see them ‘feels like home.’” ates of UAFS to take out less debt than their through to a timely graduation and ensure ARKANSASTIMES.COM AUGUST 2022 5 Special of the Arkansas Times peers. Advertising UAFS: ExcellentSupplement Education, Affordable the appropriate skill sets are acquired so Investment, Invaluable Opportunities.” they are career-ready. We are proud to be
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DR. LAURENCE B. ALEXANDER, CHANCELLOR UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF “Access and opportunity are the foundations of the educational experience at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Since our inception, UAPB has educated and inspired some of the world’s greatest minds to reach beyond their circumstances and be who they want to be. UAPB’s designation as an 1890 land-grant institution means that our mission to serve a diverse student population and foster learning, growth and prosperity will never change. Our core values of empowerment and accountability drive our tight-knit community of educators and learners. Strong support from faculty and administration and a familial atmosphere create the optimal environment for student success. And our 1890 land-grant designation continues to pave the way for innovations in technology, agriculture, medicine and business. UAPB shapes minds that go on to reshape the world.”
RODERICK L. SMOTHERS SR., PH.D. PRESIDENT AND CEO PHILANDER SMITH “Philander Smith College is celebrating its 145th Anniversary by heralding our triumphant heritage that has paved the way FORWARD. The world is quite different than it was when the institution was founded as Walden Seminary in 1877. Today, Philander Smith is producing world-class leaders in the fields of education, health care, social sciences, business and the humanities. With our liberal arts curriculum and social justice focus, we are responding to the world’s most emergent needs and building up a new generation of trailblazers who are equipped to lead, serve and create change in our communities. The college has long been a beacon of hope and pillar of educational excellence. 145 years later, we remain committed to ensuring that we are Still Moving Philander Forward. “ 6 AUGUST 2022
DR. TREY BERRY SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY “Students from all across our nation and around the world are making SAU their home. SAU residence halls offer living-learning communities in which students live among classmates with similar interests, such as engineering, game design, and many others. Student activities host on-campus entertainment options weekly, providing social experiences for students who seek a vibrant campus community yet appreciate living in a rural small town. Our low student-to-faculty ratio creates a more personal learning experience for students, enabling faculty to know the students who sit in the classroom. These intentional services produce successful graduates. The spring 2022 nursing graduates earned a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX. The majority of our graduates find jobs in their fields or are accepted to graduate schools of their choice within short periods of time following graduation. Combine all these qualities, along with successful athletic teams and growing academic programs, and it isn’t difficult to see why students choose SAU and continue to say SAU Feels Like Home.”
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS “The University of Central Arkansas is committed to the success of our students. Our faculty are some of the best in the nation and provide the academic rigor to set students up for success after graduation, allowing them to join the outstanding UCA alumni who are making a huge difference in Arkansas and beyond. Our dynamic and growing campus provides a sense of place for our students. When you combine these qualities with our vibrant and diverse student body, UCA provides a complete collegiate experience that is second to none. Go Bears!”
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DR. JASON MORRISON, CHANCELLOR SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY TECH “SAU Tech is entering fall 2022 with a new healthcare program in diagnostic medical sonography and baseball as the latest NJCAA athletic program available for students. The College is in the second phase of renovations to the campus’s historical housing and is planning for a busy and exciting 2022-2023 academic year. We offer everything a student needs to experience college in a family atmosphere and succeed. We are the SAU Tech Rockets!”
LINDSAY BRIDGEMAN CHANCELLOR UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS GRANTHAM “Young people should have the opportunity to go off to college and take in all of the things that make the university experience so enriching and memorable. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way for everyone. I’m honored to be a part of the state’s only 100 percent online university, which provides an affordable and high-quality University of Arkansas System option to those who simply can’t make it to a campus. UA Grantham uses world-class faculty and UA System resources to provide a completely online and unmatched experience. In the last year we combined UA Grantham’s rich tradition with a new, innovative UA System effort that makes us the state’s newest college opportunity. Not sure going off to a campus is your best option? We’d love to introduce you to online college without compromising quality or your budget. See how we do college differently by visiting uagrantham.edu.”
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SHOW ME THE MONEY
Arkansas’s educational institutions, like UA Pine Bluff, have a variety of ways to help students afford a degree.
No matter how you slice it, college is expensive and student loans last forever. Fortunately, most schools have well-designed financial aid departments that can help a student and his or her family formulate a plan to pay for school. Be sure to give yourself enough time for a sit-down with the college of your choice to understand all of your options. ARKANSAS NORTHEASTERN COLLEGE Arkansas Northeastern College has routinely been ranked among the best buys in Arkansas higher education, providing outstanding value for the student’s education dollar. Financial assistance is provided to 85% of the student body in the form of federal (Pell Grant) and state (Arkansas Challenge, Future Grant, Workforce Challenge, Career Pathways) education funding programs as well as the following competitive and need-based awards: Nucor Diploma Squared Nucor-Yamato Steel and Nucor Steel Arkansas have jointly committed up to $75,000 per year to fund the Nucor Diploma Squared Scholarship at Arkansas Northeastern College for area high school students. The ANC Foundation contributes an additional $40,000 for this program. Nucor Diploma Squared encourages students to complete the certificate of general studies, or higher, at ANC while also earning a high school diploma at the same time. This year, 30 area high school graduates completed the certificate in general studies and four completed the associate in arts degree through this program. Because of Nucor’s support and partnership with Arkansas Northeastern College, this program allows students to take ANC classes for only $10 per credit hour, saving them time and money in their quest to earn a college education. Great River Promise Mississippi County students may be eligible for the Great River Promise Scholarship. Students are nominated by their high school counselor. This scholarship may pay tuition and mandatory fees if no other resources are provided. Students must be enrolled full time (12 hours) during a regular fall/spring semester. ANC Foundation The ANC Foundation (a private, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation) provides several needbased scholarships to students attending ANC. The college’s foundation, created in 1977, is one of the most successful two-year college foundations in the state, awarding between $150,000 and $200,000 in privately funded scholarships each year. Additional scholarships available include awards focused on public school teachers, performing arts, 8 AUGUST 2022
or are offered through law enforcement waiver, the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act and miscellaneous third-party scholarships. ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY A-State is seventh among the 10 four-year universities in Arkansas when it comes to the cost of tuition and fees. This commitment to keeping costs down in turn leads to A-State having one of the lowest default rates in the state at around 4.9%. This fall, A-State is adding the transparency of rolling almost all mandatory fees into tuition. More than 90% of the student body receives some sort of financial aid. In addition to traditional federal student aid programs for students, Arkansas State University provides additional need-based scholarships, including new scholarships targeting students from neighboring states. Traditional financial aid offerings include options like the Pell Grant the Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant as well as federal work-study and federal direct subsidized student loans. A-State also participates in all state funded programs such as Academic Challenge, Distinguished Governors and others. The university’s admission standards now provide pathways that don’t require an ACT score, although having a high score still unlocks certain merit-based scholarships. The A-State Scholar program is a competitive scholarship that can provide up to $14,000 per year for those who are selected. This is a competitive scholarship and requires a separate application. Selections are made in December of each year. Merit-based scholarships valued up to $8,000 are available to students who have obtained at least a score of 23 on the ACT and a high school GPA of 3.00 or better. Transfer students with a 3.25 or above and 24 transferable hours or more may be eligible to receive a scholarship of up to $4,000 per year. Students with an associate’s degree from an ASU System Campus can receive up to $5,000. Private scholarships valued at $250 and up are available to students who meet required criteria, while need-based scholarships such as the A-State Heritage valued up to $3,000 Special Advertising Supplement of the Arkansas Times
are available to those who meet certain guidelines. A-State’s financial aid and scholarship office is available for one-on-one advising with parents and students and provides numerous financial aid workshops across the state for high school students and their parents who want more information about financing education. The university strives to provide individualized service to students to help them meet the cost of a college education. “A-State’s advising programs help students manage costs.” As part of this support, the university sponsors Scarlet2Black, a program that teaches financial literacy to all students, especially first-year students. The award-winning program is in its third year. For complete details on financial aid and budgeting programs, visit astate.edu/a/finaid. ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY The primary purpose of student financial aid at Arkansas Tech University is to provide assistance to students who, without aid, would be unable to attend college. All awards are administered by the ATU office of financial aid in accordance with state and federal regulations and the university’s equal educational opportunity policy. The application for undergraduate admission to Arkansas Tech University serves as the scholarship application. There is not a separate scholarship application to complete; however, admission status is required. An admission file includes an application for undergraduate admission and a current high school transcript with a qualifying grade point average. For the high school graduating class of 2023, academic scholarship consideration for freshmen will be based upon the applicant’s high school grade point average. To apply for ATU freshmen academic scholarships, there is a priority scholarship deadline of Nov. 15 and a regular scholarship deadline of Feb. 15 of the current award year. Students receiving academic scholarships must be U.S. citizens. 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. Scholarship opportunities also
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exist for transfer, graduate, honors and ATU-Ozark Campus students. Arkansas Tech students may also avail themselves of other scholarship opportunities through the ATU Foundation. Learn more at the university’s website atu.edu. Faculty and staff in Leadership Tech, a professional development program for employees at Arkansas Tech University, have partnered with the ATU office of financial aid to develop a student resource called Tech $ense. Tech $ense is a one-size-fits-all resource for financial literacy. Located at atu.edu/finaid/techsense, the website helps students plan for college, pay for college and make sound financial decisions. In addition, trained professionals in the ATU office of financial aid are available weekdays from 8 a.m.5 p.m. to assist students in their search for financial resources to pay for college. Representatives of the ATU office of financial aid are also regular guests at high school parent nights, where they offer presentations about making college affordable. In addition, ATU financial aid analysts assist high school students in the completion of the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) during their in-school visits. Another way ATU connects students with financial resources is by offering on-campus employment opportunities, including college work study positions. NATIONAL PARK COLLEGE Not only are National Park College (NPC) tuition and fees less than half the cost of the average university, NPC disbursed over $7.1 million in scholarships and aid last year and over $10.4 million when including student loans. Approximately 90% of NPC students receive some type of financial assistance (excluding student loans). Students who earn a GED at NPC qualify for a half-tuition scholarship. The college also offers the National Park Promise scholarship to senior students graduating from the National Park Technology Center. These students will receive assistance to fill any gaps in tuition and fees not covered by other federal, state, private or institutional aid. NPC offers scholarships for students with the potential to excel in college in the belief that students are more than a test score. 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 you must enroll within one year of high school graduation. To maintain the scholarship, you must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours each term. If you work hard, it may be renewable for a second year. For those who demonstrate exceptional academic performance, NPC is proud to offer the President’s Scholarship. The President’s Scholarship is a full tuition and fees scholarship and is renewable for up to four semesters. It requires two of the following criteria: 3.25 cumulative GPA, 24 or higher on the ACT, or rank in the top 25% of your graduating class. To maintain the scholarship, you must have a 3.25 cumulative GPA and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours each term. In addition, the college supports several special ability awards, including the Nighthawk Leadership Scholarships, available for students who take an active role on campus in student government, student 10 AUGUST 2022
ambassadors, Phi Theta Kappa and other student organizations. It requires a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum of 12 credit hours each term. Nighthawk Athletic Scholarships are available for some student athletes according to NJCAA guidelines. These scholarships also are in line with state maximum spending limits for athletically related institutional funds. NPC Singers scholarships are also available to students who audition and are selected by the music/choral director. NPC offers financial aid advisers who can answer questions and walk students through the process of applying for student aid. There are also work study and internships available on and off campus and housing options available on campus. Textbook rentals are available and provide a less-expensive electronic option for many courses. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS Across its wide variety of scholarships, the University of Arkansas offers a number of financial aid programs. 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. In addition to awards recognizing academic achievement, the university also offers scholarships to students who have special talent in band, music, art, athletics and more. Some scholarships require enrollment in a certain college or pursuing a certain major. Others require the student to be an alumni-affiliated student or be aimed at students who represent an underserved community, such as first-generation college students or students from underrepresented ethic or minority groups, among other requirements. In addition, Advance Arkansas scholarships support new, returning and transfer students from Arkansas who exhibit some financial need, a record of academic success and a strong desire to complete their degree at the University of Arkansas. Students have the opportunity to work on campus up to 20 hours per week and the university’s RazorTemps program makes it easy to try out jobs. The University Libraries, in collaboration with faculty, continue to develop open-source textbooks and study materials in a variety of classes to reduce the cost of textbooks. The University of Arkansas Bookstore offers a rent-a-textbook program and repurchases textbooks at the end of each semester. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-FORT SMITH UAFS offers more than 200 financial aid options, awarding nearly 1,000 scholarships annually. Each program has its own requirements with academic awards available for specific majors and academic programs from each of its three colleges. Private funding is also available for nontraditional students, single parents, alumni legacy students and graduates from area high schools. UAFS offers scholarships based on academic need and merit. Additionally, the UAFS Foundation provides $2.3 million annually in scholarships through the Lions Share program. Altogether, 97% of students receive scholarships or grant aid. A sample of the prestigious freshman merit scholSpecial Advertising Supplement of the Arkansas Times
arships available include: First Bank Corp. Business Scholarship: Full tuition/fees over four years for students seeking a business degree with optional $2,500 housing for two years; minimum requirements include 27 ACT and 3.5 GPA. Myles Friedman Honors Program: Up to $34,000 over four years with optional $2,500 housing for two years; minimum requirements include 27 ACT and 3.5 GPA). STEM Scholarship: Up to $27,000 over four years for students seeking a STEM degree, with optional $2,500 housing for two years; minimum requirements include 26 ACT and 3.5 GPA. Roland Boreham Jr. Engineering Scholarship: Full tuition and fees over four years including books, supplies, and laptop computer for students seeking a mechanical or engineering degree, with $2,000 for housing each year; minimum requirements include 27 ACT and 3.5 GPA. The university also offers several scholarships for athletics, arts and other activities, including 10 DII sports, e-sports, music, student government, Miss UAFS and resident assistants. UAFS also received an $8 million gift in 2021 to support students in need. This includes $4 million in direct student support to those students who are eligible to receive Pell Grants. In addition, UAFS offers federal work study, funded by the Department of Education, off-campus jobs through the JumpStart/America Reads Program and university work study funded from the university budget. UAFS’s Pay It Forward program helps students build a financial plan by taking the guesswork out of their financial aid and helping them develop a personalized payment plan. In addition, the university helps students save money through a campus textbook loan program through the Boreham Library and via rescue and finish grants. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK Nearly 90 percent of UA Little Rock students receive some form of financial aid. Institutional scholarship programs are broken down into academic merit and mentored programs for incoming freshmen with a wide array of private, alumni and external scholarships for all students. Browse a list of thousands of awards at ualr.edu/scholarships. A sample of awards for incoming freshmen includes: Chancellor’s Academic Distinction: $5,000 tuition/fees and $5,000 on-campus housing per year; requires a minimum 20 ACT/1030 SAT and 4.0 GPA. Provost’s Academic Excellence: $4,000 tuition/fees and $4,000 on-campus housing per year; requires a minimum 20 ACT/1030 SAT and 3.75 GPA. Dean’s Academic Merit: $4,000 tuition/fees and $2,000 on-campus housing per year; requires a minimum 20 ACT/1030 SAT and 3.5 GPA. UA Little Rock Academic Achievement: $3,000 tuition/fees and $1,000 on-campus housing per year; requires a minimum 20 ACT/1030 SAT and 3.25 GPA). Mentored awards include:
Donaghey Scholars Honors Program: Full tuition and fees, stipend, study abroad, laptop; highly selective honors program enrolling 25 new scholars each year and open to all majors. STEM Academic Scholarship: $3,000-$6,000 depending on ACT and GPA; competitively awarded based on academics, leadership and STEM-based activities. Chancellor’s Leadership Corps Scholarship Program: $3,000 tuition/fees and $3,000 housing allowance; highly competitive based on academics, leadership, activities and community involvement; open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and international residents In addition, UA Little Rock provides work study, campus employment, textbook rentals and opensource course materials to help students hold the line on expenses. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS Students are eligible to apply for federal, state and institutional aid programs to attend UCA. A full 96% of full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance. Need-based and non-needbased work study is available for enrolled part-time and full-time students. A sample of the merit-based scholarships available
include: Distinguished: $6,500 in tuition and fees/$2,000 toward housing; requirements include service, ACT and GPA. Achievement: $5,000 in tuition and fees/$1,500 toward housing; requirements include GPA of 4.0. University: $3,500 in tuition and fees/$1,000 toward housing; requirements include GPA of 3.75. Future Leaders: $1,000 in tuition and fees/$500 toward housing; requires GPA of 3.5. In addition, transfer students who have completed 27-75 credit hours with a 3.5 cumulative GPA are eligible to apply for a $4,000 annual transfer scholarship. A significant number of performance scholarships are also available in athletics, cheer, dance, band, orchestra, art, theater, etc. In addition, the UCA Foundation provides scholarships to students based on academic performance, background, area of study and special interests. For more information, visit uca.edu/financialaid. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF At the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, eligible students receive financial aid that includes federal aid in the form of grants (Pell/SEOG), loans (sub-
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sidized/unsubsidized) and employment through the federal work-study program. In order to be considered for federal student aid, students and parents must complete the federal application for federal student aid (FAFSA) in order to determine eligibility. UAPB also has academic scholarships for students with a minimum of 17 ACT (900 SAT) and a high school GPA of 2.75. Tuition waivers are available for out-of-state scholarships serving students who meet certain criteria in the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Illinois. In addition, UAPB offers performance-based scholarships awarded through its music, arts and athletic departments related directly to the skills, talents and abilities of the student. Various alumni and Greek organizations support students at UAPB as well as national organizations like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which regularly disperses funding to the institution. Another way UAPB helps students afford college costs is a program for students to rent textbooks through the campus bookstores. UAPB also offers various living experiences that range from traditional college dorms to apartment-style complexes complete with suites and shared living spaces, Federal work-study is also available.
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wo-year colleges have long marketed themselves as the low-cost alternative. Not only have these schools traditionally been cheaper per credit hour, but degrees can be earned in a fraction of the time as fouryear schools. And there has rarely been a twoyear school that has leveraged these benefits as skillfully and to students’ advantage quite like Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville. “One of our greatest advantages is the return on investment for our students,” said Rachel Gifford, associate vice president for development and college relations. “We are the most affordable college in the state and our graduates earn more than any other state-supported institution of higher learning, including universities. Year in and year out, the college has been ranked as a best value for its low tuition and a curriculum that gets students to graduation fast, without sacrificing educational quality. Gifford said this doesn’t happen by accident. “There has been a growing movement toward fast-tracking education and training,” Gifford said. “National surveys have shown students are more interested in short-term programs where they can begin earning money faster. ANC offers many programs that take only a year or less yet result in high wage-earning careers. This, in turn, helps our local workforce in filling much-needed positions at a faster rate.” One of the best examples of this philosophy is the school’s construction technology program, funded by a federal Emergency Training Programs Grant. Students graduate in high demand after just one semester, earning an average of $57,769 in their first year. They also study tuition-free and are even gifted a set of tools upon graduation, to assist them in their new career. Another very powerful statistic is what gradu-
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ates earn compared to other Arkansas colleges and universities. According to the Arkansas Research Center and Arkansas Department of Workforce Service, ANC’s two-year degree graduates out-earn every other institution in the state, including four-year institutions. ANC outpaces the school in second place by about $10,000 a year. “We have many students gaining credentials to head immediately to the workforce while others are preparing to transfer to the next educational level,” Gifford said. “We are very wellknown for our nursing programs, specifically for our high pass rate among graduates and our state-of-the-art Angela Wren Nursing and Allied Health Building. “We are also known for our Steel Industry Technology program, the only college in the state offering such a program. We have a very strong relationship with our steel industry partners and local community leaders, which allows us to combine efforts for the betterment of all involved.” The college is also tuned in with the challenges many students face when it comes to balancing college with other life responsibilities. “The ANC family works hard to find solutions to problems so that students can succeed,” Gifford said. “Those solutions range from financial aid to assisting with food, clothing and transportation. ANC appreciates its students as individuals who have lives outside of the classroom. Sometimes those lives need a little help in order to even be in the classroom and to be able to perform academically. “At ANC, much more is provided than just academic instruction. We provide opportunities and help our students overcome challenges.” Learn more at anc.edu.
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EXPERTS: FLEXIBILITY A MAJOR TREND IN HIGHER ED TODAY
he world of higher education is changing as institutions try to stay in step with what students demand for their tuition dollar. And according to leadership at some of Arkansas’s institutions of higher learning, that starts with flexibility. “Students are looking for more flexibility in how they learn,” said Carrie Phillips, chief communications and marketing officer for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. “They’re demanding more hyflex learning environments, which allow students to learn in the manner that makes the most sense for them on any given day. “The hyflex model we are using in many classes supports this and allows a student to choose from one of three participation paths: participate in faceto-face synchronous class sessions in a classroom, participate in face-to-face class sessions via video conference, or participate fully asynchronously.” Robert Z. Carr Jr., provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff agreed, saying today’s students are often juggling much more than term papers and lab assignments, and institutions must provide a learning environment that accommodates that. “Too often, college students are faced with difficulties on how to separate home life, work life and college life,” he said. “These added responsibilities can often affect their health and create additional barriers to academic success. “UAPB has adjusted well to the changes and challenges of the pandemic to become more student-centered and adapt to the students’ learning needs, especially when students are learning remotely. Experienced coaches are assigned to students and work one-on-one to assist them.” Students have also become savvier when it comes to the education they receive, demanding practical degrees with applicable skills. “College still matters because knowledge is the essential ingredient to solving problems in today’s highly technological world,” Carrr said. “Our university goal is to make education as accessible as possible, regardless of location. We are planning to offer accelerated programs, online degrees and competency-based certificate programs to accommodate varying learners.” Experiential learning is another priority for students today, from study abroad and community service to internships and hands-on “living labs.” Even leadership programs are finding they are more successful when they go outside the four walls of the classroom into the real world, according to Arkansas Tech University student Glendon VanSandt. 14 AUGUST 2022
Today’s college students demand more for their tuition dollar and UCA delivers. “Leaders aren’t born, they are made,” he said. “With that, you have to understand yourself before you can know how to lead a group. “When I came to Tech, I was very introverted, very quiet and not confident in a lot of my abilities. I had to push myself out of my shell. ATU’s leadership minor has helped me take a longing to lead and understand how to use it. I haven’t grown as a leader as much as I have as a person.” VanSandt said the key to his development was finding a safe space to take chances. “Arkansas Tech was a perfect place to fail because there are so many people who will support you and use those failures to build you into a better person,” VanSandt said. “It allowed me to say yes to a lot more opportunities to grow and, more importantly, to allow my peers to have better experiences.” The coronavirus pandemic forced much of this change, as professors and students alike adjusted to all-online learning environments. “COVID preparedness drove investment in digital technologies that have opened access to our students in ways previously unseen,” said Rachel Rodemann Putman, associate director for strategic communications at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. “Thanks to Zoom, we can bring speakers from across the world to our campus with ease. Our university also invested in student success, purchasing 200 laptops and 100 hotspots to loan out to students and faculty, secured Zoom licenses for every student and employee, and added more than 100 webcams for the classroom to enhance remote instruction.” UAFS also continues to examine the validity and user-friendliness of its curriculum, to stay in step with today’s college students. “UAFS’ tiered approach to learning is designed for the modern student,” she said. “Our degrees and programs are set up in a way that allows students to earn credentials throughout their academic careers. In many cases, our programs allow students to stack college credits so that they consistently earn valuable credentials. UAFS’ quality of programming and affordable tuition makes this the perfect choice for Arkansas students.” Campuses have also gone to great lengths to invest in student success. John Baltz, senior associate director for communications at the University of Arkansas, noted facilities and technology have been laser-focused on developing new methods of instruction to meet the demands of today’s college students. “In January 2022, the University of Arkansas opened a new, 71,000-square-foot Student Success Center, the Cordia Harrington Center for Excellence, Special Advertising Supplement of the Arkansas Times
in the heart of campus,” he said. “The center boasts the Walmart Academic Innovation Hub, which is dedicated to creating and advancing academic success innovations. The Hub and partner programs are working to create and promote proactive advising and outreach strategies and to increase experience-based learning opportunities for students.” Baltz said these teams have made great strides in developing a new model for students who struggle under conventional classroom instruction. This new philosophy combines advanced pedagogy, mentoring and other novel approaches to learning, and is particularly valuable for first-generation college students as they navigate the challenges of college rigor, he said. “The teams have successfully launched a new embedded tutoring model, aimed at supporting students in writing-intensive courses and math courses,” he said. “The Student Success teams have also successfully created proactive advising, mentoring and outreach models designed to help first-generation students thrive during their time at the university. “Academic innovation, with a student-centered framework, has been intentionally designed into the workflow of the new Student Success Center.” Finally, students today are looking for a more holistic experience when it comes to the learning environment, placing a high value on alternate and even contrasting views compared to their own. “Higher education in the United States has a long history of restricting access to the privileged few,” said Kurt Boniecki, associate provost for academic success at the University of Central Arkansas. “Students deserve and expect equitable access to a college education and a campus culture of inclusion that promotes a sense of belonging. UCA has long held diversity as a core value central to its mission as a comprehensive public university.” Boniecki said what really separates one institution from another is the ability to think creatively and innovate the educational process, especially as the profile of the so-called “traditional” student continues to evolve. “Over the past decade, UCA has worked closely with most Arkansas two-year colleges to develop over 400 2+2 articulation agreements,” he said. “We’ve also launched the Bear Partners program with nearby two-year colleges to give students access to UCA campus activities and resources, such as athletic and cultural events, the library and card services. Through these changes and others, UCA is demonstrating it understands and is prepared to meet the educational needs of a diverse Arkansas population.”
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JOBS IN HIGH DEMAND Let’s face it, most of us have a reason for going to college and that reason is to prepare us to land the job of our dreams. College Guide asked institutions of higher learning to identify the majors that lead to the most in-demand and highest paying careers out there. The job market is great right now, so follow your bliss into a career you’ll love!
Arkansas Northeastern College’s industrial technology students are in high demand.
ARKANSAS NORTHEASTERN COLLEGE ANC is fortunate to have strong relationships and support from local business and industry. Through these relationships, partnerships and periodic advisory meetings, ANC stays abreast of business and industry needs. It has a nationally recognized customized workforce training department called the Solutions Group, which provides flexible training that is tailored specifically for industry and their individual needs. ANC also works with several industries to provide paid internship opportunities. Some of the high-demand fields for which Arkansas Northeastern College is preparing students are listed below. The Arkansas Research Center’s 2020 Economic Security Report provides wage data for first-year graduates in each of these fields. Construction trades: one-semester certificate of proficiency; average yearly wage $57,769; offered free through the Emergency Training Programs Grant; students will also receive a tool set valued at $250 upon completion of the program. Industrial electrical systems: one-semester certificate of proficiency; average yearly wage $98,902. Emergency medical technician: one-semester certificate of proficiency; average yearly wage $47,271. Paramedic: one-year technical certificate; average yearly wage $49,611. Welding: one-year technical certificate; average yearly wage $46,951. Registered nurse: two-year associate degree; average yearly wage $53,757. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning: one-year technical certificate; average yearly wage $50,365. Steel industry technology: two-year associate degree; average yearly wage $73,056. Students can hone their job-seeking skills through resume assistance, mock interviews, and additional career support and guidance through ANC’s place16 AUGUST 2022
ment services, Career Connect program and Career Pathways Initiative. In addition to support for students, ANC also has programs that incentivize employers to hire employees that come through its programs. ANC facilitates the Mississippi County Subsidized Wage program, in partnership with Mississippi County Economic Development. Through this, it incentivizes local employers to hire graduates of ANC programs (including the W.O.R.K. program) through a reimbursement of wages for the first 16 weeks of employment. ANC also has a partnership with the state of Arkansas TANF program for the Career Connect program. It is also an employer incentive program that could reimburse up to $15,600 of the first year of wages for employees hired through the program. Career Connect works to place individuals meeting certain household and financial criteria, including but not limited to ANC students or graduates, and helps them obtain full-time employment and get on a path to financial independence. ANC’s paid internship program is a partnership with several local businesses and industries to offer on-the-job experience to students in specific degree programs. This helps reduce recruiting and training costs for employers while also giving students an opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge as they’re learning. ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY Providing career opportunities through education is not and cannot be a one-size-fits-all solution. Arkansas Tech University offers a diverse curriculum that provides learners with multiple access points to higher education, ranging from technical certificates, certificates of proficiency and associate degrees offered through its Ozark campus to the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a specialist and a doctoral degree available through its Russellville campus. Arkansas Tech University is a leader for STEM edSpecial Advertising Supplement of the Arkansas Times
ucation in Arkansas, as demonstrated by Arkansas Division of Higher Education data from recent years showing that more graduates from Arkansas high schools chose to major in STEM at Arkansas Tech than at any other university in the state. STEM is integrated into the curriculum in a manner that prepares aspiring nurses, emergency managers, musicians, educators, business and tourism leaders, agriculture practitioners and others for the modern, technology-based world. Programs in cybersecurity are a recent addition to the STEM curriculum at ATU. Arkansas Tech’s bachelor of science and associate of applied science degrees in cybersecurity, which debuted in fall 2017, prepares graduates for rewarding career opportunities with courses that are designed to teach them how a threat occurs, how to prevent a threat and how to recover from a threat. In the ATU College of Business and Economic Development, the business data analytics program is the first baccalaureate degree program in Arkansas that approaches data analytics from a business perspective. Graduates from the ATU business data analytics program are prepared to analyze data in a way that allows firms to determine strategy and solve problems. Recent years have presented a new era of opportunity for students in the Arkansas Tech University Department of Art. 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. Norman Career Services at Arkansas Tech University engages in a variety of programs designed to prepares graduates for full-time jobs, part-time jobs, internships, graduate/professional school, military services or acceptance to a service program. Initiatives such as peer career advising and workshops related to interviewing, resumes, personal branding, salary negotiation and networking help ATU students become career-ready.
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Career Services also hosts numerous career fairs that are tailored for employers seeking a particular skill set and students from corresponding major fields of study. Personal, on-campus interviews with potential employers are also facilitated through Norman Career Services. Learn more at atu.edu/career. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK The university has multiple degrees that are consistently in demand — nursing, social work, business administration, cybersecurity and computer science. These relevant, industry-needed careers are consistently among the top programs at the university. UA Little Rock maintains great relationships with industry partners. Many of the programs have advisory boards that help to ensure curriculums are relevant. Many of these partners support the programs as well. For example, local construction firms have partnered with the university to upgrade classrooms to ensure students have the latest access to technology and equipment. This year the school piloted a new program under-
writing internships at nonprofit, governmental, arts and start-up entities that typically cannot afford to pay student interns. Career services also incorporates work-study positions and nonacademic graduate assistants into Handshake, UA Little Rock’s student career portal. Both of these initiatives are designed to enhance equity in career exploration, one through experiential learning opportunities and the other in the student job search and application process. In addition to hosting career fairs, workshops and employer information sessions, UA Little Rock offers group and one-on-one appointments for resume and cover letter review, salary negotiation, mock interviews, LinkedIn profile review, career and major exploration, interview tips and job and internship search strategies. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF According to a survey conducted by NACE in 2019, the careers that have remained in demand are in the fields of business, engineering and computer science/information systems.
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EDUCATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE
If there was any doubt where higher education was headed, the pandemic erased them: The future lies with those who have mastered technology. That includes higher education, which today is more connected and more flexible than at any time in history, making it easier than ever for students to complete a degree on their terms.
ARKANSAS COLLEGES OF HEALTH EDUCATION Ever since its inception, Fort Smith-based ACHE has offered cutting-edge technology for students to access learning opportunities wherever they are. The colleges’ preference is for students to attend in person, and all programs are in-person as opposed to online. However, if a student isn’t feeling well or has an important life event, they can tune in virtually so as to not miss out on important information or the ability to participate live with their classmates. ACHE’s technology infrastructure was beneficial during the pivot to online curriculum delivery during the pandemic, which allowed instruction to continue without skipping a beat. Students, the future health care industry leaders, continued learning to prepare for their future careers with faculty mentorship and high-quality student support services. ACHE’s e-learning is delivered through the Microsoft Teams platform and can be used for virtual meetings, synchronous and asynchronous lectures, real-time chats, course group collaboration and more. Students also use Canvas as a hub for classroom resources where they can view grades and receive centralized feedback on activities and assignments. Finally, the library offers most required and recommended textbooks, plus thousands of other resources online. Students use a personal device to access these resources from anywhere. In addition, faculty and staff have open-door policies and respond to emails most hours of the day, meaning they are very accessible to students. Much of the learning in graduate and professional school is not about how to do specific things, it’s about learning how to respond to changing demands of the field. Medical education is constantly evolving to include new trends and current research. The most important thing ACHE teaches students is to improve the lives of others one must always learn and grow. No one benefits from a medical professional’s stag20 AUGUST 2022
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nation. Students are encouraged to collaborate, ask questions and challenge each other to become better human beings. Sometimes this growth involves technology such as medical equipment and high-fidelity simulation mannequins, but many times it involves activities that build interpersonal communication skills. ARKANSAS NORTHEASTERN COLLEGE Multimodal classes allow students to choose how they attend a class by combining the elements of 1) face-to-face instruction, 2) real-time virtual instruction (Zoom), and 3) asynchronous online instruction (INET courses) into one combined course. This allows students to attend class using any of those forms and may opt for any of the delivery modes throughout a semester. While this “ANC your way” concept is greatly beneficial for students, it has taken a great deal of work on the part of faculty to prepare courses for all methods of delivery. Preparing and delivering multimodal instruction is more complex and time consuming as opposed to teaching solely face-to-face or in asynchronous online fashion. “The greatest advantage to multimodal delivery is the fact that students will no longer get behind if they cannot attend face-to-face classes due to illness, children home from school, work obligations, etc.,” said James Shemwell, ANC president. “Furthermore, online students will have the benefit of each recorded lecture to augment their virtual studies. Multimodal delivery offers students maximum flexibility and maximum access plus resources provided to all forms of delivery.” ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY While many people think about graduate certificates with the A-State Online (AOS) program, ASU now has more than 1,200 undergraduate students, the most undergraduate online students in the state. AOS is the largest overall online program based in Special Advertising Supplement of the Arkansas Times
Arkansas, recently surpassing 6,000 students. A-State Online has a support team based in Jonesboro to back faculty and students, a team with more than a decade of experience in the online space. One of the important differences between A-State and others for the place-bound or time-shifted student is this technical experience, which leads to better designed courses. In the area of “what’s next,” AOS continues to expand more health care offerings, as the recent pandemic has raised the need for more credentialed and qualified workers across a wide range of degree programs. AOS is also looking at new doctoral degrees to serve the state and region. On preparing graduates, the AOS team coordinates with A-State’s campus-based resources, including Career Services and Pack Support, to extend advising and other assistance to students. The program is stepping into new hybrid opportunities for students around the world, mixing live (synchronous) classes with more traditional (asynchronous) courses for degree programs, with courses taught in person at distance learning centers. ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY Montell Doucet’s story is evidence that while technology is making the world smaller, the transformational power of education remains as large as ever. Doucet earned his master of science degree in health informatics from Arkansas Tech University. It was his second degree from ATU. He previously received a bachelor of science degree in health information management. What differentiates Doucet from other graduates is that he achieved all of that with just five visits to campus. He resides in Lake Charles, Louisana, where he took his undergraduate and graduate ATU classes through distance learning. “It has been phenomenal,” Doucet said. “I have done everything 100% online, but the way the classes
are structured I’ve felt like I’ve been in live classes. It has been truly amazing. The greatest benefits of being an online student are being able to work full time, take care of things at home and still have the time to focus on school.” Arkansas Tech University offers the following programs through online learning: Certificates of proficiency: Banking services, law enforcement, office support specialist, professional leadership. Technical certificates: Banking services, business technology, law enforcement. Endorsements: K-12 dyslexia therapist, birth-K special education, K-6, 7-12 special education, K-12 special education. Associate degrees: Banking services, business administration, business technology, business technology-human resources management option, general studies, law enforcement. Bachelor’s degrees: Applied science, business management, creative writing, criminal justice and criminology, emergency management and administration, English, history, organizational leadership, political science, professional studies, RN to BSN. Master’s degrees: Business administration, student affairs administration, emergency management and homeland security, English, health informatics, information technology, instructional technology, nursing administration and emergency management, special education K-12, K-12 literacy, teaching English to speakers of other languages, educational leadership. Graduate certificates: Collegiate advising, online teaching, risk management in higher education. Specialist degree: educational leadership. SHORTER COLLEGE Overall, Shorter College in North Little Rock highly encourages students to attend class on campus, due to the effectiveness of in-person learning. However, Shorter College believes in education without boundaries, putting a high priority on meeting students where they are. Shorter College’s virtual learning delivery has attracted a variety of students, such as dual-enrollment high schoolers, traditional and nontraditional students, and students outside the state. Shorter College has created a virtual learning environment that allows each student to maintain a school-life-work balance. In this way, learners navigate their education process to align with their life balance. The college uses multiple platforms for delivering e-learning. Students have the opportunity to participate in synchronous and asynchronous learning environments. The online option is good for commuters outside of Central Arkansas and those who work overnight as it provides students the opportunity to secure a quality education through a collaborative virtual environment. Faculty and staff work closely with the director of library services to educate all students on the valuable resources on campus to augment their coursework. Students also have the opportunity to secure valuable training through Shorter’s Re-Imagine
Workforce program, which is 100% virtual, as well as other academic programs. Distance learning is also used through the school’s Second Chance Pell program by which Shorter educates incarcerated citizens. SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY Online learning is a vital tool in SAU’s academic toolbox. Whether a student is looking to complete their general education, pursue a graduate degree or see how SAU’s family environment can benefit them, online courses meet multiple needs. Flexible and accessible, these courses provide the personalized service students require to be successful. The Magale Library, Student Support Services and the Employment Resource Center support the online programs. Nontraditional students enjoy the freedom of online access while graduate students can fulfill their dreams while managing families and careers. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS The University of Arkansas offers more than 70 online degree programs, certificates and licensure plans that allow adults to continue living and working in their hometowns while earning a degree from the state’s flagship institution. In the academic year 2020-21, 3,733 UA students, or about 12% of the institution’s total enrollment, studied exclusively online. Students studying online are full UA students who earn diplomas, walk during commencement and have their names carved into the sidewalks on campus. Online students are supported by Fayetteville’s academic departments, libraries, IT help desk and other support systems detailed on online.uark.edu. As one of the top public research institutions in the nation, UA empowers its students — including online students — to face the challenges of an ever-changing world by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture, nurturing creativity, and solving problems through research and discovery. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK UA Little Rock has a long tradition in promoting research, innovation and professional opportunities within the state’s largest metropolis. Dedicated to making higher education accessible to all Arkansans, UA Little Rock offers flexible paths to pursue learning at a distance, including hybrid, hyflex and online course options. UA Little Rock offers more than 60 fully online degree and certificate programs in business, health, information technology and more. Students participating in its fully online programs receive a reduced rate and have access to academic resources online and on campus. UA Little Rock’s award-winning, fulltime faculty continue to develop additional online programs each semester to create more possibilities for the future of online learning. UA Little Rock is also an Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC) partner and part of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges. Its online military students have access to our Military Student Success Center, do not pay the application Special Advertising Supplement of the Arkansas Times
fee, and receive discounted tuition. These benefits apply to active duty, Guard/reserve and honorably separated veterans. Fully online students have the option of visiting the physical campus to meet with a professor, gain career mentoring or use academic resources on campus, such as the library, learning commons and writing center. UA Little Rock’s Ottenheimer Library also works with online students via the library reciprocity program, ARKLink, so students can access library privileges in other parts of the state. Students have the opportunity to develop expertise and gain technological knowledge through immersive and interactive collaborations applied to practical problems in industry, government and research organizations. UA Little Rock continuously examines trends and attempts to make informed decisions regarding new programs, so that students have the educational options to help their future. Visit ualr.edu/online for more information about UA Little Rock’s fully online degree programs. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS Online courses at UCA Online are completely online and require no face-to-face or classroom attendance. Online courses meet the same learning objectives as their counterpart face-to-face courses and are just as rigorous. Online courses are not easier than face-to-face courses. These courses provide a flexible, convenient way to earn a degree. All online courses have deadlines, but work can be completed when convenient for the student. Online courses can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection UCA offers high-quality online degree programs. UCA offers six online undergraduate degree completion programs in addiction studies, business, insurance and risk management, computer information systems, RN to BSN nursing and general studies. UCA’s Center for Teaching Excellence provides training and development for UCA Online instructors that focus on innovation within the classroom and support to students in a virtual environment. The UCA College of Education was recently selected as an Apple Distinguished School, centers of excellence that demonstrate Apple’s vision for learning with technology. There are only 400 Apple Distinguished Schools in the world and UCA marks only the third in the state of Arkansas, and the only college of education. The multidisciplinary bachelor of science program in cybersecurity is designed to produce graduates who can identify, assess and manage cyber threats. Computer information systems and analytics graduates serve in multiple roles and in a wide variety of functions in the workplace. Some become developers, others work with databases or networking technologies, many work as analysts, using both business and technical expertise to exploit data and systems for organizational competitive advantage. Most are involved in project management helping to carry out improvements and new systems. The demand for such graduates is extremely high.
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LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE
All work and no play makes for a pretty dull collegiate experience. It’s great to study hard, but don’t forget to mix in some activities and a social life, too. Getting involved in campus is good for your physical and mental health and results in better academic performance, so get out there and have a little fun! Work hard, play hard is a daily routine at National Park College. ARKANSAS COLLEGES OF HEALTH EDUCATION The ACHE Fit Lab is a state-of-the-art workout facility that allows students to exercise 24/7. The campus housing offers a pool for recreation and relaxing, while the system of trails allows students to safely run and ride bikes in the immediate surrounding areas of the campus. Besides a wellness counselor, the campus has a dedicated student activities office that works on additional campus programming through registered student organizations. Additionally, student activities include community volunteer opportunities as well as fun activities. Counselors as well as counseling services are always available to students. If the student’s needs exceed ACHE’s ability to help in this regard, students are referred to one of ACHE’s partner clinics locally. The school has a system of peer mentoring and tutoring. A new anonymous wellness check system has been put into place to help identify students who might be struggling in any way. Faculty/staff/administration have a strict open-door policy that helps students freely stop by and talk to them through any problems they may be facing. The campus also has a dog who is ADA-certified and trained in stress therapy to help students cope with anxiety on test days, or any other days, for that matter. ARKANSAS NORTHEASTERN COLLEGE The ANC community relations department provides for many needs and partners with area organizations and agencies to assist in meeting the needs of the underserved student population. Along with the ANC community relations department, which works successfully with representatives from various communities, organizations and neighborhoods to help meet the needs of students, ANC now offers tele-mental health services to all students at no cost to the student. Along with community volunteer mentors, ANC also offers a career closet and food pantry, working to help provide for the mental, emotional and physical health of its students. ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY In partnership with the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine located on campus, A-State operates an on-campus health center to assist students with illness or health needs on campus. ASU recently moved the counseling center into its own facility adjacent to the Reng Student Union to provide 22 AUGUST 2022
more space. At the center, individual and group counseling sessions are held as well as personal development outreach programs targeting student mental wellness. The CARE Team supports members of the campus community struggling with academic and personal situations, connecting students with appropriate campus services to assist them in overcoming obstacles. The Red WOLF Center is a full-service fitness facility with cardio equipment, free weights, a variety of gymnasiums, virtual and face-to-face fitness classes, cycle studio, indoor walking/running track, club sports program and intramurals. A variety of student organizations for academic, social, athletic and religious interests are available to help students connect with the larger university community. The university offers a variety of housing options: traditional residence halls, quad-style living and apartment-style living. Students can select the preferred location to best fit their needs on a first-come, first-served basis. A resident assistant is assigned to each resident pod to offer support and encouragement throughout the year. Each residential community has a full-time A-State staff member living in residence to provide programs, services and mentoring to residents. Club sports are offered through the Red WOLF Center. These organizations provide wellness opportunities for students to participate in competitive sports while developing social, leadership and organizational skills. Club sports include rugby, spirit squads, softball, eSports, swimming, archery, bass fishing and ultimate Frisbee. The Student Activities Board and Student Government Association work collaboratively with student organizations and campus departments to host events throughout the academic year, including homecoming, Spring Fest, MLK Day of Service, Welcome Week and Volunteer Day of Caring. These programs provide occasions for students to engage in campus life, spend time with friends and develop an affinity for A-State. You can keep up with everything that’s going on via the A-State Student App, a one-stop resource for connecting with campus services, engaging in campus events and meeting peers. ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY Tech Fit provides a workout space and indoor walking track for Arkansas Tech University students, faculty and staff. Outdoors, the Tech Connect trail on the western
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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. In all, the Arkansas River Valley features more than 150 miles of trails. There are also multiple waterways within an hour of campus that ATU students explore using outdoor equipment they have free access to through the Arkansas Tech Office of Campus Recreation. 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 a series of events that help orient new students and re-engage returning students, including the annual ATU Involvement Fair. The Student Activities Board keeps the entertainment going throughout the school year with movie nights, appearances by comedians, bowling nights with the university president and additional social activities. Green and Gold Give Back is an annual day of service conducted by ATU students in the Arkansas River Valley community each November. Forty-seven households in Russellville and Lake Dardanelle State Park benefited from Green and Gold Give Back 2021. During spring 2022, ATU fraternities and sororities also collected and donated 39,588 food items and 3,506 hygiene items to local children. Finally, the ATU Department of Athletics is a nationally recognized leader in community service, donating more than 2,500 hours and supporting 15 community organizations during the fall 2021 semester. The Arkansas Tech University Health and Wellness Center received a new and expanded home in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center at the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year. The center assists the educational mission of Arkansas Tech by modifying or removing health-related barriers to personal development and learning. ATU Counseling Services provides a wide range of free and confidential counseling, consultation and outreach services to the Tech community. Each incoming freshman at Arkansas Tech University participates in an orientation program before the beginning of his or her first year. Tech Connect orientation includes information about how to access helpful resources on campus, meeting faculty and staff mentors, training on the computer systems students use as ATU students and offering an opportunity to learn more about opportunities for student employment on campus.
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NATIONAL PARK COLLEGE NPC offers a fully equipped wellness center for credit-based physical education classes as well as for walkin workout options. This center is staffed by a full-time fitness coordinator and student workers. In fall 2022, NPC is beginning its partnership with CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs to provide an on-campus clinic for use by students, faculty and staff. NPC employs a full-time campus nurse to document student immunization records, offer training and support for general health and wellness, and to assess students with illness. Student organizations, student clubs and student services programs offer all NPC students space for social interaction and connection as student engagement is vital to student success. The Office of Student Life offers large- and small-scale events during the semester to provide those opportunities for connection. Dogwood Hall provides orientation to all residents and resident assistants, and trains RAs to handle roommate concerns and other minor issues of conflict management. NPC employs a full-time behavior intervention specialist who is a licensed clinical social worker. The services provided through this office include therapy sessions (individual and group), suicide awareness/ prevention, drug and alcohol awareness/prevention and dating and sexual violence awareness/prevention. SHORTER COLLEGE Shorter College offers students a gymnasium for strengthening their mental and physical fitness as well as a dining facility that provides quality, nutritious meals to students. Each Wednesday, Shorter College students actively participate in chapel, which allows each student to enhance their spiritual growth and development. Shorter College’s new coordinator of student activities assists students in engaging with each other. Activities include Student Government Association, Shorter Chorale and multiple activities during Welcome Week. Other activities include observation and celebration of a diverse group of events and holidays throughout the year. The college also offers support group meetings for veterans, single mothers and on the theme of social and emotional well-being. To ensure students are involved with events and to address any issues that may arise, students are assigned a Success Coach with whom they meet weekly for academic and social coaching. The student health center and mental health support structure provide students with the necessary support to navigate their college experience. Shorter College believes in addressing any barrier students face up to and including professional counseling as needed. Faculty and staff are also equipped with the necessary training to support students on and off campus. SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY To ensure students stay healthy both physically and mentally, SAU provides services through University Health Services and the counseling center. UHS’s primary goal is to aid in the retention of students by offering a variety of services to meet the mental, emotional and physical needs of the SAU student body. UHS provides health promotion and disease prevention services for students, faculty and staff. The Counseling Center assists students in clarifying goals and finding solutions to problems through careful listening, guided self-exploration, suggesting new perspectives for consideration and providing further information. An initial interview with a counselor helps identify what resources may best benefit the individual seeking help. SAU is also geared toward fun and creativity, encour-
aging meaningful relationships and interactions. Some healthy recreational options include a golf driving range, a walking trail complete with new workout equipment, a gorgeous disc golf course and the Mulerider Activity Center. Sand volleyball, fishing, intramural sports, equipment checkout and other resources are also available. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS University Recreation (UREC) serves the students, faculty, staff and community of the University of Arkansas, operating five facilities supporting the departmental mission to empower students for success through recreation and wellness. Students have a number of options for staying active, including working out in a gym, swimming laps in a pool, playing intramural sports, playing tennis or going for a spin on the campus’ new Tsa La Gi mountain bike park. UREC takes a holistic approach to health by focusing on the eight dimensions of wellness through outreach, education, wellness coaching and faculty/ staff wellness certification. Among its programs for the physical, mental and emotional well-being of all members of the campus community are welfare checks performed as needed and a counselors-in-residence program, which includes the counseling internship program. In addition, training is provided on topics such as suicide awareness, alcohol poisoning, recognizing students in distress and Title IX reporting. UA Cares performs outreach to faculty, staff and students to train how to recognize and report a student who may be struggling. Filing a UA Cares report ensures the student receives direct outreach through which they can be connected with resources for help as appropriate. UA Cares strives to create a supportive environment and to encourage self-advocacy through one-on-one student interventions. Destination Blackboard Activities shows students how to get involved on campus, improve wellness and how to use Hog Sync, the platform for all Registered Student Organizations and Student Activities functions. University Recreation, Greek Life and the Multicultural Center provide social activities as well. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-FORT SMITH UAFS students have access to a number of resources, including the Recreation and Wellness Center (RAWC), fitness call coordinators, intramural athletic programs, healthy-option menu selections through dining provider Chartwells, advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) and outreach by the nursing department. The university sits on two bike paths, the Blue Lion Bikeway and a new rental bike path in partnership with the city of Fort Smith. Numerous outdoor activities are hosted by the RAWC, including hiking, kayaking and canoeing excursions UAFS students have more than 100 registered student organizations available to them. In addition to NCAA Division II athletic events, students also have access to numerous activities; including theater and music productions; diversity, equity and inclusion events; guest speakers; activity fairs; and movies. Those who live on campus enjoy access to floor-based programming and activities as well as housing roommate assistance through resident assistants and resident directors. CultureFest is one of the most recent additions to the school calendar, bringing together dozens of cultural clubs and organizations, local restaurants that serve food specific to their heritage and area groups such as the Dragon Dance team and the Fort Smith Fire Department’s Bagpipe Ensemble.
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK The Fitness Center in Donaghey Student Center offers students treadmills and elliptical machines, free weights and machine weights, racquetball and basketball courts, an indoor running track, an Olympic-sized pool, steam rooms and saunas. Movement Mondays (coordinated walks around campus), fitness and wellness classes, personal training, incentive programs, personal fitness assessments and intramural sports are also offered. The Student Activities Board provides students the opportunity to plan, execute and participate in largescale events across campus. Fraternity and sorority life houses two College Panhellenic Council sororities, two Interfraternity Council fraternities and seven National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters. These organizations foster academic, community service and social initiatives for their members. Campus Living is a community where students can live, learn and grow. Campus Living provides students living on campus with opportunities to engage and participate in activities such as movie nights, study sessions, outdoor games, residential programs and additional on-campus events. Campus Living staff are dedicated to the quality of life in the residential facilities and meeting the needs of residents. Counseling Services provides individual and group sessions on a wide range of topics, including stress management, relationships and assertiveness. The office provides individual counseling and psychiatric services to students, including one-on-one sessions and medication management. It also provides training to faculty and academic units about recognizing signs of distress and provides step-by-step instructions online for faculty who are worried about a student, including when to ask if the student is thinking of harming themselves. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF The UAPB Fitness Center and the H.O. Clemmons Health, Physical Education and Recreational facilities assist with students’ overall physical wellness, enhancing their health and well-being on campus. Healthy food options are provided through all dining facilities on campus. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities outside of the classroom. There are more than 100 registered student organizations on campus, including academic, social, community service and religious-based organizations, as well as Greek life and honor societies. Concert activities are planned each year to allow students to engage in cultural enrichment opportunities. The university’s annual event, Unity Fest, brings the campus community together to share the Golden Lion Spirit and to connect with vendors across the community. UAPB recognizes students need direct contact and support to express their concerns, especially any emotional concerns they may have. Students can contact the Student Counseling Office and the Student Health Center at any time to speak with representatives within the counseling services area and to continue to practice sound mental health habits. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is known for outstanding and committed faculty and staff who regularly communicate with students and encourage them to take the opportunity to reach out any time they need to. Staff members value meeting students where they are, whether that is having a conversation in the middle of campus, dining in the cafeteria or during a workout at one of our on-campus workout facilities. Faculty and staff truly value the student body and the chance to support their educational growth.
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS UCA offers a wide variety of resources to assist and promote physical health and wellness among the student population. Students can visit the UCA HPER for physical fitness needs, utilizing a weight room, cardio room, group exercise studios, full-size basketball courts, recreational game space, three racquetball courts and an outdoor recreation center where the campus community can check out kayaks, canoes, camping equipment and even get basic bicycle services and repairs. The UCA Student Health Center staff includes a phy-
sician, nurses and nurse practitioners who are available to assist students’ physical needs. The Student Health Clinic offers services such as general family practice services, lab testing, X-rays, immunizations, procedures, coronavirus testing and vaccination, and flu shots for students free of charge. There is also a dedicated Women’s Health Clinic to support women’s health needs. The UCA Counseling Center offers students a place to meet with trained professionals to discuss mental health issues they may be facing. The Counseling Center offers students 10 sessions free of charge, with meetings offered on campus at the center or through telehealth.
The Counseling Center also hosts many programs surrounding mental health and provides tools and resources for those struggling with anxiety and depression. Student social development is a high priority at UCA. The UCA Office of Student Life provides students with opportunities to develop in leadership, community building, creative expression and mentoring. In addition, UCA offers more than 200 student organizations and clubs hosting activities for students.
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t’s not very often that a new institution is added to the state’s slate of higher education opportunities, but the University of Arkansas System has been working hard to find ways to ensure it is reaching as many potential students as possible. Aside from adding existing high-quality, two-year colleges to its repertoire in the last five years in the University of Arkansas Community College at Rich Mountain and University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College, the UA System is now fresh on the heels of completing its latest project by acquiring a Lenexa, Kansas-based online institution and rebranding it as University of Arkansas Grantham. “This project represents a game-changer for our efforts to reach those adults who are underserved by public higher education because of their need to attend fully online, flexible institutions,” said Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt, president of the UA System. “We launched eVersity to serve those Arkansans who have completed some college but not earned their degree. Their success in earning a credential is imperative to their future and to the future of our state and region. By acquiring the assets of Grantham University, we will be able to scale up this effort to reach beyond the borders of Arkansas and diversify the educational offerings and revenue profile of our system.” It wasn’t long ago that the UA System launched eVersity, a 100% online institution with a unique business model that offered shorter classes and one of the country’s lowest tuition rates. While eVersity successfully started a new institution from scratch and grew to serve as many as 1,200 students at any given time, efforts to grow its reach through marketing and advertising on the heels of the pandemic and in a time of increased competition in the online space proved to be a challenge. “Through eVersity, we were able to build a very high-quality product with limited resources and do it in an even more limited timeframe,” said Michael Moore, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs for the UA System. “We were consistently winning coveted national awards for our course design and reaching students with a new, exciting way to earn a college degree they never thought possible.” “An opportunity arose to take what we learned from eVersity and use this newfound ability to scale it outside of the state and reach more people. It made sense to move forward in a ready-made, singular focus.” The UA System tackled a momentous six-month task to gradually transition all of its employees and students into UA Grantham, which it recently completed. It is now moving forward with growing this new 4,500-student online-only institution under the system umbrella while still offering a high-quality, low- tuition effort to better compete in the world of online learning. “We went from having very limited degree programs as a start-up to now being able to offer more than 60 credential and degree programs and an option for graduate degrees,” Moore said. “We feel really good about this newfound ability to reach more students with greater opportunities, and build upon the rich tradition that Grantham had already established nationally.” To learn more about UA Grantham visit uagrantham.edu.
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ARKANSAS NORTHEASTERN COLLEGE Appearing at the American Association of Community Colleges Workforce Development Institute conference, focusing upon best practices and new innovations in workforce development, Dr. James Shemwell was the featured speaker during the opening night keynote plenary session. Shemwell addressed numerous innovations at Arkansas Northeastern College including the Solutions Group workforce training delivery model, the emergence of multimodal instruction, and efforts leading to the elimination of the achievement gap related to minority graduation rates at ANC. Over 500 community college representatives from around the country were present for the opening session. The Economic Security Report, published by the Arkansas Research Center and the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, reveals associate degree graduates of Arkansas Northeastern College earned an average of $57,250 in 2020. As with the previous five Economic Security Reports, ANC’s associate degree average placed above every bachelor degree average of every public university in Arkansas. For the first time, ANC’s associate degree average even exceeded the bachelor degree average of the medical school at UAMS. With the emergence of local economic development projects, including U.S. Steel/Big River Steel, Envirotech Vehicles and other active prospects, the ANC Board of Trustees approved authorization for the college to hire multiple customized instructors and other related positions during the 2022-23 fiscal year as needed. Any such positions would directly relate to the recruitment, training and placement of a workforce related to local economic development initiatives. The board’s authorization now will give the college more flexibility and timeliness in meeting training/staffing needs of local economic development projects. ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY Arkansas Tech serves 9,640 students through campuses in Russellville and Ozark. The four-year graduation rate on the ATU campus in Russellville is 46.8%, an improvement of 19.3% as compared to three years ago. The three-year graduation rate on the ATU campus in Ozark is 38.1%, an improvement of 10.6% as compared to four years ago. U.S. News and World Report recognized Arkansas Tech University as the No. 1 choice among regional public universities in Arkansas as part of its 2022 college rankings. ATU is listed as the No. 1 regional public university in Arkansas for overall quality, best value and service to veteran students. University President Dr. Robin E. Bowen announced April 7, 2022, that alumni and friends of the institution have donated $42 million to the ATU Foundation during the silent phase of the first comprehensive campaign in ATU history. Bowen announced the goal for the “Together We Can” campaign is $55 million. The campaign will support scholarships, student success programs, innovation initiatives and the construction of a new student union and recreation center. 28 AUGUST 2022
Old Main shines on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. Arkansas Tech University alumnus Stan Miller and his wife, Patrice, made a $5.3 million gift to the Arkansas Tech University Foundation to support the establishment of the Miller Center for Global Engagement at ATU. The Millers’ gift will support student scholarships for study abroad programs, upgrade ATU’s language computer labs in support of world language education, facilitate international faculty exchange opportunities and create an international speaker series. The university became the first institution of higher education in Arkansas to partner with TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth. The program provides eligible students with the opportunity to apply for up to $33,000 in scholarships that can be applied to the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. The scholarship program from TheDream.US includes eligibility for Arkansas immigrant youth, who are DACA eligible for in-state tuition rates at Arkansas universities and colleges. SHORTER COLLEGE Shorter College, the only private two-year Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Arkansas, has named Dr. Johnny D. Jones dean of academic and student affairs. His responsibilities also include that of chief academic officer. Jones comes to the role from Wilberforce University in Ohio, where he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs. He earned his undergraduate degree from Mississippi Valley State University and a master of education degree from Springfield College with an emphasis on recreation and tourism. He also holds two doctoral degrees, one in educational leadership and policy from Berne University and the other in education administration and supervision from Jackson State University. Before his new role, he held various positions of leadership at Mississippi Valley State University, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Little Priest Tribal College and Washington State University. In Arkansas, he served as executive vice president and chief academic officer at Arkansas Baptist College and assistant dean of the graduate school at the University of Arkansas. Jones’ other professional accomplishments include Special Advertising Supplement of the Arkansas Times
creating the first African American community leadership academic program, linked directly to community service and urban community leadership, at Arkansas Baptist College in 2007. He’s also the author of “Leadership of Historically Black Colleges and Universities: A What Not to Do Guide for HBCU Leaders.“ SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY Mulerider baseball enjoyed a historic season in 2022, winning both the Great American Conference regular-season and tournament titles and the Central Region title, the first regional championship in the program’s 26-year NCAA membership. The College of Science and Engineering, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health, was awarded a $1 million federal grant for a new initiative addressing health disparities among high-risk populations. Meanwhile, the Biology Department received a $40,000 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences through the Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence program. This grant will help in the study of innate immune systems in animals. Brad Smiley was named the 21st head coach of the Mulerider football program. He brings 27 years of successful collegiate coaching experience at the NCAA Division I, NCAA FCS and NJCAA levels. Historic Bussey Hall, an architectural landmark on campus, has been restored to its former glory thanks to a generous grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. The Mulerider band sports a new look thanks to a generous donation from the Roy and Christine Sturgis Charitable and Educational Trust of Arkadelphia. The gift of $100,000 provided the majority of funding needed to purchase new uniforms, the first in more than 15 years. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS For the first time in school history, the university welcomed more than 29,000 students to campus for the fall 2021 semester with more than 15,000 coming from within the state. A record 29,068 students enrolled in the fall of 2021. More than 6,000 new students enrolled in fall 2021, including a record number of freshmen from Arkansas.
The Arkansas Razorbacks athletic program finished in a program-best seventh place in the Learfield Directors Cup Final Standings a national ranking of college athletic programs by performance. The Hogs won eight SEC championships in the 2021-22 school year and had nine national top10 finishes across various sports. Athletes’ 3.27 average GPA was also the highest on record at Fayetteville. Recent academic initiatives include opening the 70,000-square-foot Cordia Harrington Center for Excellence, which provides advising, tutoring and financial services to ensure student success for all. New undergraduate majors include drama education and interior architecture, as well as new minors in outdoor leadership, Russian studies and sustainable landscape design. The University of Arkansas is also building nondegree certificate programs as well as the newly created microcertificate options at the graduate and undergraduate level, consisting of six to 15 hours of required coursework in a specialized area. In spring 2021, the University of Arkansas enhanced the options for payment of tuition and fees by going cashless. The university will continue to roll out the cashless initiative to other payment gateways in the future. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-FORT SMITH University of Arkansas-Fort Smith students now have the option to minor in diversity studies, following approval from the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees and the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. This new minor will allow students to combine courses from multiple disciplines to form a meaningful understanding of the social implications of diversity, equity and inclusion in history and the workforce. The newly formed Division of Student Success and Retention, led by Dr. Blake Johnson, seeks to centralize efforts to guide students on the path to graduation, including developing new student support initiatives and increasing graduation rates. The initiative creates a cohesive climate of student support addressing obstacles to graduation in a holistic way. UAFS has been recognized by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education with two global awards in strategic communications. CASE awarded a Grand Gold award in the student-oriented digital campaign category for the university’s Mental Health Monday campaign and a Silver award for the university’s 8-bit web launch video during the organization’s 2022 Circle of Excellence awards. The university earned recognition as one of the top public universities in the South according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges rankings. The university ranked fifth overall for social mobility and 12th among all regional public schools. UAFS also earned accolades in overall academic excellence among other regional colleges in the South (No. 48) landed among the top 500 nursing programs in the nation and among the top business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK UA Little Rock is excited to partner with Amazon and provide opportunities for Amazon employees to advance their skill set and receive their degree. Full- or part-time Amazon associates living and/or working in Arkansas are eligible for annual assistance for tuition, fees and books. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock online bachelor of science in nursing (RN to BSN) program has been ranked the best in the state for the second year in a row. RegisteredNursing.org, a nursing advocacy organization, ranked UA Little Rock first in its annual list of the Best
Online RN to BSN Programs in Arkansas. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has been recognized as having some of the best online programs in computer information technology in the country. U.S. News & World Report ranked UA Little Rock 19th in its 2022 ranking of Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs. This ranking assesses online master’s degree programs in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, information systems and information technology. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has received a $1.96 million workforce development grant to fund further development of the Cyber Learning Network (CyberLearN) to address Arkansas’s talent gap in cybersecurity. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF UAPB has added several new fields of study, starting with a master of business administration (MBA) with focuses on business analytics, hospitality management and gaming and casino management. Also accepting students is a new master of education-vocational rehabilitation-addiction counseling. College freshmen and undecided majors may now consider enrolling in two new degree programs at the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences. The Department of Agriculture is offering a degree in agricultural engineering and the Department of Human Sciences is offering a program in hospitality and tourism management. New nonthesis graduate degree programs in agricultural regulations and aquaculture and fisheries are also now offered at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences. Because these are nonthesis programs, these programs will primarily emphasize practical application and training. UAPB alums have been groundbreakers in their chosen career fields including Dr. Ruth B. Jones, the first woman to receive a bachelor of science degree in physics from UAPB, who is manager for the NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center’s Human Exploration Development and Operations Office. Raye Jean Montague, class of 1956, served as a female naval engineer and is credited with creating the first computer-generated rough draft of a U.S. naval ship. She was also the first female program manager of ships in the U.S. Navy. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS UCA has received the 2022-23 Military Friendly® School designation. Institutions earning this designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2022-23 survey with 665 earning special awards for going above the standard. The university also received the Jesse L. Moore 2022 Supplier Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The INSIGHT Into Diversity Jesse L. Moore 2022 Supplier Diversity Award is a national recognition honoring colleges and universities that take proactive steps to support and engage with minority-owned businesses. UCA was one of eight Arkansas universities participating in a Forward Arkansas program designed to help transform K-12 teacher recruitment, training and retention in the state through a $100,000 grant as part of the nonprofit’s Educator Preparation Program Design Collaborative. UCA is enjoying record enrollment. In fall 2021, firsttime undergraduate enrollment at the school surpassed fall 2020 and 2019 numbers, reaching 1,854 students. First-time undergraduate enrollment increased by 8.1% over fall 2020 first-time enrollment of 1,715. Fall 2019 first-time enrollment was 1,840. Special Advertising Supplement of the Arkansas Times
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New Student Orientation is a required rite of passage for all Trojans at UA Little Rock.
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First year of college is exciting. It’s also hectic, unfamiliar and frankly a little intimidating. But fear not, young scholars, for Arkansas’s colleges and universities have invested time, money and human resources into programs that target first-year students, helping them adjust both inside the classroom and out. ARKANSAS NORTHEASTERN COLLEGE Arkansas Northeastern College, believing every student needs the right start to be successful, offers the Academic and Career Advising (ACE) Center to help guide students in their educational and career goals. The ACE Center is staffed with individuals who focus on specific fields of study to best meet the needs of students. Advising occurs by area of interest and study, allowing students to interact with professional guidance specific to their needs. The ACE advisers assist students in the enrollment process, from placement testing to career services. They work one-on-one with students to help them make decisions about programs of study, scheduling classes and time management. The advisers are always available to offer encouragement and support, and once the student is comfortably into his or her program of study, usually within a semester or two, he or she transitions to a faculty adviser. Through the ACE advisers, students have a built-in cheerleader and coach from the very beginning of the process. The ACE Advising Center houses testing services; tutoring services, available on a study group basis at no cost for those who need assistance with coursework; computers that are available for ANC students to complete homework; and ACE student navigators, who are peer mentors helping ANC students prepare and enhance their academic and social skills Career Services, available to prepares students to find a career in their field of interest through internships, job search, resume writing and job interview preparation. Additionally, the ANC Community Relations Department provides community volunteers to serve as mentors, as well as other support services such as the Opportunity Bus for transportation to and from school. The college also partners with many outside organizations and agencies that provide for additional needs students may have. ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY A-State has a long tradition of providing support for first-year students. It begins with encouraging all to participate in New Student Orientation during the summer before to their first fall semester. It continues into the first semester with a First-Year Experience class that is geared toward acclimating students and connecting them with peers in their academic area. In addition to specific fall semester programming 30 AUGUST 2022
targeted at first-year students, A-State also encourages students to get involved immediately in campus leadership and campus groups. All extracurricular activities are open to first-year students, including specialized areas like cheer or dance squads. The Student Government Association has senator slots just for first-year students. Through FYE courses, the academic advising center gets involved with new students during their first semester and works with faculty to identify if individuals are having difficulty transitioning to university work. There is also campus-wide Pack Support for students to ask questions and seek help on anything, whether it is personal or tutoring. It’s also where peers or faculty can anonymously refer those they see as struggling for help. ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY Scott Tomlin has a simple message for Arkansas Tech University students as it relates to visiting the Tech Learning Center. “Come early and come often,” Tomlin said. “Just pop by, check in and see how it’s going. Just having someone around who you can bounce an idea or question off is super important. Come by and see us. It doesn’t even have to be a problem. I’ll gladly hear about how you aced that paper.” Tomlin took over leadership of the Tech Learning Center in October 2021. Located in Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center Room 124, the center provides services such as academic coaching, peer tutoring, online tutoring and group study sessions. Services are offered to Tech Learning Center clients in-person and online. Staffed by two graduate assistants who oversee the staff of 18 Tech Learning Center peer tutors and mentors, the Tech Learning Center provides assistance in more than 75 courses. In addition, the ATU Department of Biological Sciences and the ATU Department of Mathematics both provide an additional 12 tutors who work in the Tech Learning Center. “I really want to put an emphasis on student-led initiatives and student-led learning,” Tomlin said. “The teamwork involved in student-led initiatives and student-led projects can help make for better success for everyone involved.” NATIONAL PARK COLLEGE The college has mandatory NPC Orientation for all new students. NPC offers that course in on-campus and online formats. Every academic division, student organiSpecial Advertising Supplement of the Arkansas Times
zation, student club and student services office is represented on the agenda (and in the content for the online version), explaining their respective areas and what is offered there. In addition to the mandatory NPC Orientation for new students, NPC offers Welcome Week activities for all students. These largely social activities are designed to offer students a more in-depth look at the numerous connection points on campus. Every student organization, student club and service program is represented during Welcome Week. NPC offers a fully staffed Academic Success Center for tutoring and study support. Online tutoring is available for every academic subject taught at NPC. In-person and virtual tutoring (via Zoom) is available in most subjects. Also, for undecided students, NPC offers a Career Services Center in which students can research various career fields and complete a career fitness survey. NPC partners with about 20 area employers to provide internship opportunities for students. SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY There are many ways to become a Mulerider! Two of the biggest and best are Becoming a Mulerider (BAM) and Mulerider Round-up, designed to answer any questions first-year students or their families may have while demonstrating all the fun activities and meaningful traditions incorporated into the SAU experience. BAM, a requirement for all new freshmen, orients new students, allowing them to meet faculty members, tour the campus and get a sense of life at SAU. At Mulerider Round-Up, new students meet other members of their Freshman Seminar class and learn more about the traditions that comprise SAU’s Community of Caring. SAU cares about academic success and provides resources that allow students to achieve their goals. The Academic Enrichment Center offers a comfortable, quiet study area with tutors available to help answer questions. Virtual services offer one-on-one sessions or free video and audio tutoring. Student Support Services also provides vital assistance, offering tips on time management, test taking and other college survival skills. These free services and others work together to enhance the Mulerider experience. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-FORT SMITH All incoming freshmen are asked to attend a Mane Event New Student Orientation either online or in-per-
son to learn about registered student organizations and campus resources, student panels led by upperclassmen and breakout sessions on various topics. Welcome Week is held the first week of the fall semester with a series of events throughout each day to assist students with learning about campus resources and how to get involved. This is followed by a campus picnic and block party. UAFS has a residence hall specifically for first-year students. Upperclassmen resident assistants are available to answer questions, provide information about educational and social events and serve as campus resources. This year, UAFS will also host the Ask Me program on the first two days of fall classes to assist students with finding their way around. All freshmen meet with their adviser before the start of their first semester to declare a major, register for classes and discuss other issues related to their college experience. Advisers review students’ course schedule, upcoming academic calendar and introduce them to UAFS’ learning management system, Blackboard, as well as the many in-person and online tutoring and writing resources available within the Academic Success Center. The university offers in-person and online tutoring as well as academic coaching through the Academic Success Center. Student Support Services, a TRIO program, is also available for many students on the campus. Students attempting to navigate to the right major have access to many available resources to help them make good decisions. Those resources include FOCUS 2 and E-Parachute, in addition to many resources provided on the UAFS website.
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK Before each semester begins, UA Little Rock offers New Student Orientation to all new students to help ease the transition to college. During orientation, new students get the opportunity to connect with each other through small group sessions, interactive icebreakers, meals, attending the student organization fair and meeting other students who have the same major. UA Little Rock hosts multiple events throughout the year to get students involved on campus. The first large event is Welcome Week, designated for students to have fun, meet new people, eat great food, stock up on school supplies and enjoy campus. The Learning Commons provides tutoring services to students in one convenient location on the first floor of the Ottenheimer Library. Within the space, students can receive tutoring from the Communication Skills Center, Math Assistance Center, University Writing Center, World Languages Center and Trojan Tutoring for core courses not served by one of the other centers. Career Services provides career exploration to assist students in selecting the best major for their career path as well as in finding, affording and deciding on internship opportunities. They provide a career internship grant that pays for unpaid internships. Students use Handshake, UA Little Rock’s student career portal, to search local and national internship opportunities. They also offer negotiating sessions that teach students how to evaluate internship opportunities. Counseling Services provides individual and group sessions on a wide range of topics, including stress management, relationships and assertiveness.
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS UCA offers both one-day and two-day Summer Orientation and Academic Registration (SOAR) sessions throughout the summer for incoming freshmen. These mandatory orientations focus on helping students make connections with Student Orientation staff as well as providing academic and financial aid presentations, meetings with academic advisers and specific programming for parents and families. The university also offers a Campus Involvement Fair so students can discover the services, resources and organizations the campus has to offer. During the two-day orientations, students receive personalized class schedule tours as well as tours of the campus library, student health clinic, campus recreation center and residence halls. UCA’s Office of Student Success provides peer coaching, tutoring services, academic success workshops, video and print resources and specialized programming and events for first-generation college students. Other resources include the Center for Writing and Communication, which offers assistance to students with writing or communication projects or presentations; the Math Resource Lab, which offers free math tutoring; and the Language Learning Center, offering free language tutoring, conversation and pronunciation practice, and access to technology. All students are also assigned an academic adviser within their academic college whom they are required to meet with every semester for help with choosing a major and minor, scheduling classes, adjusting to college life and learning about internship opportunities.
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Colleges and universities across the state are investing millions of dollars in buildings, dorms, libraries, technology and campuses to provide students with the best learning and living environments possible. Find out everything that’s new on campus in the snapshots below.
ATU officials cut the ribbon dedicating a sculpture entitled “Murmuration” on the Russellville campus in April. ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY The Windgate Center for Three-Dimensional Arts, a function of the College of Liberal Arts and Communications, Art + Design Dept., opened last fall, providing a new home for A-State’s sculpture, pottery, and other three-dimensional art forms. The $7.9 million facility provides a new foundry and modern studios, working spaces and tools for faculty and staff. “We often use the word transformative to describe change to the point it nears cliché, but let me be clear: Replacing an 85-year-old, retrofitted gymnasium with this beautiful facility transforms the lives of the students at Arkansas State University,” said Dr. Carl Cates, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Communication. “Replacing a 5,600-square-foot-space inside a New Dealera building with more than three times that space transforms the lives of students.“ Phase two of the PAC Paths Campus Loop was completed and opened in July. The $650,000 project extends the campus’ pedestrian and bike loop an additional 1.5 miles and connects east and west sides of campus. The protected cycle-track repurposed parts of the existing University Loop Drive and is the first protected cycle-track in the NEA region. The PAC Paths Campus Loop is the latest in a fourphase project to ring the campus as a connector for both the A-State community as well as the city of Jonesboro, connecting into their planned bike system. ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY Arkansas Tech University nursing programs have landed $675,000 in federal funds, which will provide ATU students in Russellville and Ozark with enhanced access to simulated clinical situations. ATU will utilize the federal funds to complete such projects as updating simulation rooms, purchasing hospital beds, upgrading computer laboratories and acquiring human patient simulators. “Murmuration,” a new outdoor sculpture by Andrew Malczewski, was introduced during a ceremony at Arkansas Tech University on April 26, 2022. Malczewski served as Windgate Foundation artist in residence at Arkansas Tech for the spring 2022 semester. The sculpture, which is located on the quad south of the ATU Administration Building, on the ATU campus in Russellville, was inspired by the ATU vision statement: “Where students 32 AUGUST 2022
succeed, innovation thrives and communities flourish.” Following a more than three-year journey, Arkansas Tech University’s Williamson Hall is back. ATU rededicated the historic structure on March 3, 2022, in memory of Marvin Williamson and in honor of the perseverance of the students, faculty and staff who call it home. Williamson Hall is home to classrooms, laboratory spaces and offices used by ATU’s programs in recreation and park administration and hospitality administration. Opened in 1940 as the home of the National Youth Administration headquarters for Arkansas, the building that came to be known as Williamson Hall reverted to ATU ownership after the NYA was discontinued in 1943. Arkansas Tech students from the 1940s through the early 1970s knew the building as the home of the fine arts program. The studios for radio station KXRJ, which later became KARV, were located in Williamson Hall from the time it went on the air in February 1947 until 1957. Williamson Hall was named to the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 8, 1992. SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY Southern Arkansas University takes pride in the physical beauty of its campus and the facilities that enhance academics, athletics and the overall Mulerider experience. In 2021, the Dawson Athletic Complex opened. SAU’s newest athletic structure contains 60 yards of marked turf, perfect for many types of sports, providing top-quality practice and conditioning space for the university’s 450 student-athletes, coaches and administrators. A new education building opened in 2021, placing all of SAU’s quality education programs under one roof and offering state-of-the-art instruction in two high-tech classrooms. To accommodate the skyrocketing growth in SAU’s Mulerider Band program, Oliver Band Hall expanded from 3,264 feet to 6,632 feet, reflecting the program’s surging enrollment. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS Ongoing construction projects continue to transform the campus of the University of Arkansas, accommodating enrollment growth and providing the latest in facilities and amenities for students. Special Advertising Supplement of the Arkansas Times
Headlining these projects is the $55 million Windgate Studio and Design Center, a facility serving the university’s School of Art and bringing its various disciplines under one roof. It is slated to be finished in October. Another large project, the $45 million Student Success Center, was completed in December 2021. The 71,000-square-foot facility provides classroom and study space focused on maximizing student success, particularly for first-generation Arkansans. Other projects include the UREC Playing Fields and the Indian Trail Tennis Facility, a $4.7 million tennis complex that was completed in March. The Dickson Retail Shops Renovation, a $5.5 million project, will provide ground floor retail space to accommodate student demand. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK Improvements to the campus plaza, nicknamed the Trojan Way, got underway during the summer of 2022. The $5.5 million project, paid for with a grant from the George W. Donaghey Foundation, includes redoing the campus internal plaza with canopy trees, seating, stage and new pavers. The new Trojan Way will also include a north-to-south promenade that allows students to enjoy seating, lit walkways and greenspace. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF Numerous capital improvements are ongoing or recently completed at UAPB that are transforming the campus. Here’s a roundup of what’s new: The largest of the projects is the Student Engagement Center, slated for completion in 2024. The new $23 million facility will house student success, career services, a new health and wellness center, and food court. An additional $8 million is being spent to renovate Larrison Hall, home to the School of Agricultural, Fisheries and UAPB Human Resources. New research and teaching space, including smart classrooms throughout, will support the university’s programs in bio/nanotechnology, regulatory science and agricultural engineering. Renovations to Kountz Kyle, home to the Biology Department, included modernization of classrooms and laboratories, completed last fall at a cost of $5 million. The L.A. Davis Student Union is getting $4 million in improvements, including expanding the campus bookstore, mailroom and print shop, plus renovations
to student government offices and the office of student leadership and involvement. Meanwhile, the Hazzard Building, home to the university’s ROTC program, has just embarked on a $2.1 million overhaul that will completely transform the building. Douglas Hall underwent a $750,000 renovation, completed in summer 2022. The residence hall received upgrades to the student rooms, bathrooms and shared common spaces. Another residence hall, Lewis Hall, kicked off its renovation work in August. The $750,000 improvement will upgrade windows, plumbing and electrical as well as updating the sleeping rooms, bathrooms and common spaces. The H.A. Hathaway Fine Arts Building and Auditorium, home to the art, music and theater departments, is getting a $1.7 million upgrade to its physical plant and audio-visual system. That project is expected to be completed early next year. Corbin Hall, home to continuing education and distance education, completed its $500,000 upgrade to its physical plant in August. Henderson Young Hall is receiving $450,000 in new upgrades; it houses the School of Business and Management. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS The basketball court in the Farris Center at the University of Central Arkansas was unveiled in June 2021 in honor of alumnus Scottie Pippen with his name and signature. Pippen, who came to UCA as a walk-on student manager from tiny Hamburg (Ashley County) in 1983, left as a two-time NAIA All-American and a lottery pick (No. 5 overall) in the 1987 NBA Draft. He went on to play 17 years in the NBA, winning six championships alongside Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls, one of the most prominent dynasties in professional sports. He also won two gold medals as part of the USA Olympic Dream Team and had his No. 33 jersey retired by both the Bears and the Bulls. Pippen was on hand for the unveiling, along with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, UCA President Houston Davis, UCA Director of Athletics Brad Teague, UCA head men’s basketball coach Anthony Boone and many others. The University of Central Arkansas launched a health care clinic providing services to the local community through its new Interprofessional Teaching Center (ITC). The ITC is housed in the newly constructed Integrated Health Sciences Building, located at Western Avenue and Bruce Street. The services provided in the clinic are primary care with advanced practice registered nurses, nutrition services, occupational therapy, and speech and physical therapy. Patients do not need a referral from their health care provider to make an appointment at the ITC. The new Windgate Center for Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Central Arkansas will merge art, music and theater in one incredible place. This 104,000-square-foot facility will strengthen UCA’s position as a leader in the arts community, serve the university community and attract visitors and business to Central Arkansas. The facility will include a 450-seat concert hall, black box theater and public art gallery. It is expected to open in January 2023. Doyne Hall will open for classes in fall 2022 with newly renovated lab spaces for the Exercise Science Department, new classroom spaces, technology, furnishings and a new faculty staff lounge. UCA is renovating a church building on Bruce Street across the street from Donaghey Hall. When complete, the facility will have study rooms, classrooms, a computer lab, a lounge and a gaming area to serve as a home away from home for veteran students. Special Advertising Supplement of the Arkansas Times
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STAYING SAFE ON CAMPUS
A primary concern for students, faculty and parents alike is the safety of any college or university campus. Higher education has taken this matter seriously, deploying a number of safeguards to keep both campus and students secure. Below are snapshots of security efforts at work on campus; be sure to ask more questions of the school of your choice. ARKANSAS COLLEGES OF HEALTH EDUCATION At Arkansas Colleges of Health Education, safety and security are top priorities. One major safety procedure is being in a constant state of “lock down” and requiring all faculty, staff and students to use their ACHE ID badge to access and enter the buildings, offices, labs, etc. Moreover, the institution employs a team of campus police officers who are diligent in keeping all ACHE constituents safe via 24-hour surveillance 365 days of the year; on-call services for walking students, faculty and staff to their cars; camera surveillance inside, outside and around the campus; emergency call box stations across campus and email and text message alerts for school closings and emergencies. ACHE embraces and supports mentorship of all students enrolled in each program. Students not only receive peer-to-peer opportunities through registered student organizations, tutoring services, etc., they are also assigned a faculty mentor/adviser from their program who is there to help support their personal and academic success until graduation. Additionally, ACHE academic advisers, the campus wellness office and other ACHE faculty and staff collaborate with one another to create an environment that is safe and supportive for all students to develop and thrive during their tenure at the institution. The wellness and student services offices also do a great job of informing faculty and staff about how to identify student mental health struggles and the process of requesting assistance. Mental health and wellness are important for all students attending ACHE, so they are provided with this type of support as soon as they arrive to campus for orientation. ARKANSAS NORTHEASTERN COLLEGE ANC offers several programs to assist those who have additional needs, such as the Opportunity Bus, Career Closet, the W.O.R.K. Program, the Pathways Program, the food pantry and the mentoring program. The ANC Opportunity Bus provides transportation for county residents to and from ANC. This free service is available to all ANC students, including those engaged in noncredit workforce training and adult 34 AUGUST 2022
Students enjoy many activities on the beautiful (and safe) campus of UA Fort Smith.
education programs. SNAP recipients receive first priority with the Arkansas Department of Human Services matching grant that support the program. The W.O.R.K. Program is designed to assist unemployed local residents living in poverty in gaining basic skills and finding a job. This short, six-to-eight week program touches on problem-solving skills, correct use of tools, basic computer skills, job interview preparation and resume writing. The program, which is offered at no cost, provides individuals with a support network to access job opportunities. The Career Closet provides ANC students free professional dress items for interviews, career fairs and work. ANC Community Relations also offers male and female mentoring by community volunteers. These mentors provide Empowering Workshops promoting personal and professional growth. Additionally, they emphasize employability, financial literacy, goal setting, study skills, health and wellness, and grit. The mentors provide resources and referrals for employment assistance and health services. ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY From active-shooter training within First-Year Experience programs to providing on-campus walkhome and ride-home security, A-State puts a high premium on campus safety. The school was among the first in the state to earn StormReady designation from the National Weather Service with its program of education and warning to students related to severe weather. The University Police Department was recently reaccredited by CALEA and has held the nationally recognized law enforcement rating for several years. A-State regularly invests in upgraded campus lighting along walkways and the PAC Paths, along with security upgrades for cameras and almost 100 dispersed emergency phone locations on campus. UPD and University Housing collaborate on a wide range of safety programs for new students, including personal safety on campus, alcohol and drug awareness, street safety for pedestrians and bike riders, and Title IX reporting awareness. A-State is opening a new space for its on-campus Special Advertising Supplement of the Arkansas Times
counseling center, renovating a space next door to the Reng Student Union into the Wilson Counseling Center for fall 2022. This will expand the office and meeting space for counselors as well as provide a more discreet location for those attending in-person sessions. ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY The Arkansas Tech University Department of Public Safety is a service-oriented agency employing the philosophy of community policing within its jurisdiction. This philosophy is based upon the concept that police officers and the campus community as a whole can work together in creative ways to solve problems related to crime prevention. All new students at Arkansas Tech University participate in online training during the summer before they begin classes. New graduate students are asked to complete “Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students” and new undergraduate students are asked to complete “AlcoholEdu for College: Primary” and either “Sexual Assault Prevention for Adult Learners” or “Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates.” A version of the sexual assault prevention training module designed for employees and returning students is mandatory on an annual basis. Among the additional related resources offered by ATU are informational sessions during new student orientation and continuing education provided by the ATU Health and Wellness Center, the ATU Office of Title IX, the ATU Department of Public Safety and the Jerry Cares program. Jerry Cares is an initiative named for the university’s campus ambassador, Jerry the Bulldog, that disseminates helpful information about keeping Tech safe for all. As part of its Jerry Cares initiative, the ATU Division of Student Affairs oversees the Arkansas Tech University CARE (Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation) team. Any member of the campus community may submit a report to the CARE team when they encounter an individual who is experiencing problems and needs assistance. Reports may be made anonymously.
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A BOLD NEW CHAPTER Small class sizes, individualized instruction and a flexible curriculum that changes to meet the needs of the marketplace are all things today’s college student is looking for in an institution of higher learning. Shorter College, a private, faith-based, twoyear liberal arts college in North Little Rock, is one such institution. One of the country’s 110 Historically Black College and Universities, Shorter provides the kind of flexibility and academic rigor that gives students a head start on the future while still paying attention to each student’s unique opportunities and challenges. “Shorter College is every student’s path to possible,” said Dr. Johnny Jones, dean of academic and student affairs.“The college was founded to educate citizens and provide them with a foundation that will allow each student to accomplish their goals.” The college was founded in 1886 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church and is today the only private, two-year HBCU in the country. Jones said this long history of service to students and a dynamic vision for the future set the school apart. “We have secured qualitative and quantitative data to guide student success,” he said. “The global pandemic also sped up many of the enhancement processes the college was already exploring and we have made adjustments to maximize each student’s learning experience. “Since the global pandemic began, the college has staffed the Department of Student Affairs, reactivated sports teams, created new academic programs and is building a residential hall. We’ve also allocated significant funding for scholarships and partnered with our state’s flagship university. What’s more, the college has a structured improvement platform whereby we’re continuously evaluating our academic programs and delivery.” This eye for innovation has allowed the 400-student college to offer academic programs and features that rival institutions several times its size, such as stackable degrees and a robust concurrent credit program for high schoolers. “Students at any high school in the state can take any class at Shorter College,” Jones said. “We are particularly excited to partner with the North Little Rock School District allowing high school students to secure job-ready certifications from IBM and Apple.” But for everything that’s new at Shorter, which Jones noted was one of the fastest-growing institutions in the state, the core elements upon which the college was built are as relevant as ever. “Shorter College is ready to serve all citizens,” he said. “Our mission is to provide accessible, affordable and high-quality education for students to accomplish their academic goals by offering programs that meet the learner’s needs in a challenging and nurturing Christian environment. Staying true to that mission was important on day one, but it’s even more critical today. Technology and subject matter may change, but the fundamental mission of this college never will.” Learn more at shortercollege.edu. 36 AUGUST 2022
NATIONAL PARK COLLEGE NPC has year-round 24-hour armed security coverage of a Garland County Sheriff’s Deputy as its designated school resource officer on weekdays during the day and contracted security officers at all other times, including holidays and breaks. Security personnel can be called at any time to escort students to and from buildings, cars, dorms, etc. NPC has also invested in the infrastructure on campus to further enhance the existing safety measures. In addition to the cameras across campus, the residence hall has additional cameras placed within the common spaces, monitored by the security team and residence hall staff. In addition to traditional mental health services, the Counseling Center along with the security team, dorm personnel and health and safety team are trained in assessing and administering emergency intervention for opioid overdose using Narcan. The Counseling Center also provides on-campus training, education and outreach activities throughout the year. Tutoring services are provided through the NPC Academic Success Center and are free to access for any student in person or via Zoom. Tutoring topics are not just limited to academic subject areas, but also include skills necessary for overall student success, including note taking, time management, study and test-taking skills. In addition to the services outlined above that are available to all students, participants in programs like TRIO (for first-generation college students), Career Pathways (for low-income parents/guardians) and veterans (or children/dependents of veterans) have additional supportive services, such as designated facilities/spaces, financial assistance, social supports and more. SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY Muleriders take campus safety and staying healthy seriously. Students are encouraged to contact law enforcement in an emergency on campus. Students living off-campus may call the University Police Department for safe passage back to the school campus. Student Service Officers assist UPD as liaisons during sporting and other major on-campus events. CARES Program training helps staff, faculty and students recognize, assess and report abnormal behaviors of individuals on campus. SAU’s Criminal Justice department has teamed with SAU police to allow student interns to work alongside campus police personnel. Crime prevention programs include internet safety, self-defense for men and women, and active-shooter training. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS All new students at the University of Arkansas participate in a First Year Experience course, which is designed to provide them with healthy guidance and help them connect with peer-to-peer opportunities like supplemental instruction, course-specific tutoring, peer academic coaching, peer career coaching and the Writing Studio. The new Student Success Center, in the Cordia Harrington Center for Excellence, has a student-led Welcome Desk where students can access peerto-peer support on a walk-in basis. There are over 1,000 student staff on campus ready to help in the mode of students helping students. UAPD has both sworn, uniformed police officers and unsworn, uniformed security officers that patrol the campus and provide escorts to students, faculty and staff as well as respond to other calls for service Special Advertising Supplement of the Arkansas Times
of both an emergency and nonemergency nature. The campus utilizes the SafeZone app provided by Critical Arc, provided free of charge to students, faculty and staff and the RAVE emergency notification system that sends notifications to the campus community via text, email, landline phone and cell phone. Security measures related to facilities include all exterior doors controlled by DSX Access Systems using a security package, door prop alarms, door position switch, motion detectors and delay egress sirens monitored by Housing’s 24/7 Service Center. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS-FORT SMITH The University Police Department is a 24-hour department with state-certified police officers providing courtesy escorts, self-defense classes for women, safety walks for campus groups, training presentations on active shooter, severe weather, personal safety awareness and other services. Emergency phones exist on campus as well as an opt-in safety app through RAVE. Other safety features include panic buttons across campus in certain offices, text messaging, email alerts, safety app alerts and social media posts to provide timely warnings or emergency notification. UPD also presents situational awareness training to incoming freshmen, which includes personal safety awareness and reporting options and the offices responsible for those reports. UPS partners with Housing and Student Affairs and various campus groups and departments to present these trainings to assure students are aware and informed. The university’s Student Counseling Center is available to all students. In response to the pandemic, counseling sessions are made available online through a virtual telehealth option. Students are able to schedule confidential counseling sessions online or request virtual pop-in sessions throughout the week. UAFS also recently won a global education award for its social media outreach, using advanced digital tactics to help students connect with the counseling clinic and remove barriers to access UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has a full-time campus police force on the property, fulltime investigative division and full-time staff that run emergency communication for the department. RAVE emergency alert system is in use on the property and the department has updated emergency phones located on poles in the parking lots and building elevators. All new students undergo crime prevention and personal safety education training. Residence halls are staffed with resident assistants and lobby managers. RAs are specially trained to help residents learn about UA Little Rock and adjust to campus life. Each RA is in a living unit of about 30 to 40 residents. UA Little Rock is also launching a peer mentoring program to provide new students with help navigating the university experience. The Student Retention Initiatives Peer Mentoring program offers all UA Little Rock students the opportunity to work closely with peer mentors. Before registering for classes, freshmen meet with their adviser in one of three college advising centers. Additionally, UA Little Rock has a campus counseling service that can help students with issues that may arise as well. Health Services provides inclusive, evidenced-based, quality health care to students and employees of UA Little Rock. Currently enrolled stu-
dents with a valid UA Little Rock ID card and active employees are eligible for care. Services include evaluation and treatment of illnesses; physical examinations; women’s health visits and more. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF To provide for the overall safety and campus experience, the university has navigated a new way of life regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Modifications to meetings and learning have taken place within communication networks to assure a safe environment. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to continue to practice social distancing and monitor crowd space. Regarding safety and security measures, the university continues to follow the guidelines from campus police to assure a safe environment. Alert notifications are distributed to keep the campus community aware of emergency events and protocols of when and how to respond. Students are encouraged to register through the university campus alert system to stay updated with safety/emergency measures. New student orientation provides students with an array of opportunities to learn about the campus community and find their place in it. Freshman Leadership Core programs, including the Freshman Leadership Academy, student success engagement and first-year experience classes, allow students to adjust to the collegial environment and engage in campus experiences. Faculty and staff have an open-door policy and practice communication measures to assure students receive quality feedback regarding any concerns. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS The University of Central Arkansas Police Department is accredited with the Arkansas Law Enforcement Accreditation Program by demonstrating a high level of excellence and professionalism in the field of law enforcement. During the spring and fall semesters Bear Patrol offers anyone on campus a safety escort service. This service is provided by a registered student organization through the police department. UCA supports a system of “blue light” emergency telephones throughout the campus on walkways and in parking facilities to provide direct communication with the UCA Police Department. The UCA Police Department, UCA Physical Plant and the Student Government Association partner annually to work with constituencies across campus to conduct Operation SafeWalk, whereby groups of students, staff and faculty assemble into teams to survey closely for any safety or security hazards. The UCAAlert System is an emergency mass notification system for sending text messages in the event of a significant incident that necessitates the urgent dissemination of emergency information. Alert messages sent by the UCAAlert system may also be posted to the Safe@UCA Mobile App, UCA websites and social media outlets, including Facebook and Twitter. Members of the larger community surrounding UCA are encouraged to install the mobile app on their device, giving them the ability to receive emergency notifications. Access to residence halls is restricted to residents, their approved guests and other approved members of the university community. The exterior doors of all residence halls are locked at all times. Residents may gain access to their residence hall by using their UCA BearCard ID with the card access readers.
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4 YEAR SCHOOLS 2 YEAR SCHOOLS
Arkansas Baptist College
$4,412 (double occupancy: 16 meals/week)
Arkansas State University
870-972-2100/ 800-382-3030 (in-state only)
15 (full-time undergraduate)
$4,655 (in-state @ $287 per credit hour)
$4,605 (room & board)
Arkansas Tech University
starting at $3,374 (includes meals)
Central Baptist College
Crowley’s Ridge College
12 or more
3250 (includes meal plan)
Henderson State University
$2,580 (12 hours)
$3,660 (room & board)
$17,550 (including fees)
$6,800 (including meals)
John Brown University
700 est. *census date Sept. 1, 2017
12-17 (including tuition costs)
$4,565 (for freshmen)
Ouachita Baptist University
up to 18
$15,590 (including fees)
$4400 (room & board)
Philander Smith College
1st/2nd-yr $2,596/upperclass suites $2,954; board/sem $1,528; room reservation $235
Southern Arkansas University
4468 (Fall 2018)
University of Arkansas Cossatot
72/hr (in-county)/$102/hr (out of state)
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
9,000 (Fall 2020)
4764.30 (tuition & fees, 15 hours)
$3,502.50 (including room & board)
University of Arkansas at Monticello
University of Arkansas Pine Bluff
2,579 (Fall 2018)
$2,565 (AY 2019-20)
$4,236 (20 meals)
University of Arkansas
$4,787 (including fees)
$5,971 (room & board)
University of Central Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
6,626 (Fall 2017)
$166/credit hr (in-state); $461/credit hr(out-of-state)
$2,208-$3,506/sem + meal plan
University of the Ozarks
Williams Baptist University
4,275/735 ageneral fees
Arkansas Northeastern College
Arkansas State University - Beebe
$3,100(double); $3,525 (single)(including meals)
Arkansas State University Mid-South
1203 (Fall 2020)
$95/hr (in-county); $115/hr (out-of-county/in-state); $155/hr (out-of-state)
Arkansas State University at Mountain Home
15 to 18
$2,304 In-State Plus Books and Fees/$3912 Out-of-State Plus Books and Fees
Arkansas State University- Newport
Arkansas Tech University Ozark
Baptist Health College Little Rock
Varies by program
Varies by program
No Campus Housing
Black River Technical College
1476 (Fall 2019)
$160 Instate per credit hour with fees
Arkansas State University Three Rivers
East Arkansas Community College
1047 (Fall 2017)
$85/credit hr (in-county); $95/hr (out-of-county); $113/hr (out-of-state)
National Park College
$90/hr, $1,350/semester max in district; $100/hr, $1,500/semester max out of district
N/A - Varies by floor plan
North Arkansas College
Single Occupancy Room $2,750 per term (spring/fall) Double Occupancy Ro fall)
North West Arkansas Community College
Bentonville & Springdale
$1,125 in-district ($75/credit hr); $2,025 out-of-district ($135/ credit hr)
Phillips Community College
University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College
North Little Rock
5591 (Spring 2019)
$134/credit hr, in-state
University of Arkansas Rich Mountain
North Little Rock
South Arkansas Community College
Southeast Arkansas College
Southern Arkansas University Tech
$110/hr (in-state); $156/hr (out-of-state)
$2,396/sem double (on-campus) (all housing costs include meal plans)
University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville
$79/hr (in-district); $94/hr (out-of-district)
University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana
Hope & Texarkana
$66/credit hr (in-district); $74/hr (out-of-district)
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
$92/hr (in-district); $102/hr (in-state)
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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
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$9,033 (Tuition + room & board)
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$8,311.25 (not including books)
Nov. 15 Priority, Feb. 15 Final
10 days prior to first day
$10,875 for boarding students
with fees, approx. $6,954.50
April 15th Priority
Nov. 1st Priority
Mar. 1 Priority
Feb. 1st for most scholarships, however scholarships are awarded through all application deadlines.
Early Action I - Nov. 15, Early Action II - Feb. 1
Mar. 1 Priority
Mar. 1 Priority
Rolling, but priority consideration by Feb. 1st
Rolling, but priority consideration by Mar. 1st
Early Action 1 - November 15, 2018, Early Action 2 - February 15, 2019, Regular Decision - April 1, 2019
Rolling, The priority deadline for fall entry is Dec. 1.
Rolling, Dec. 1 Priority
Open/No Application Fee
Fall- None, Spring- None, Summer- April 15
$9166.80 (est 15 hrs tuition/fees, rm/brd, books/supplies), $9166.80
February 1 (Priority), July 1st (Preferred) November 1 (Final Deadline)
March 1 Mentor Programs, Aug. 2 Merit and Need-Based Scholarships
Freshman admission and credential deadline is one week before classes begin. July 15 International Students
$8,503 including campus room & board
Mar. 1st Priority
ACT/ASSET/SAT/COMPASS/ ACCUPLACER (for placement)
Rolling/No Fee - Except for international applicants
$8,268 (based on 15 hrs/sem)
Mar. 1st/ April 1st
Nov. 1st (Freshmen), Apr. 1st (transfers)
$16,975 (including meal plan)
Feb. 15 Priority
April 1st Priority
May 1st Priority
Apr. 1st Priority
Priority dates April 1
Approx. $2,500 but varies depending on academic/technical program (does not include transportation, personal expenses, housing).
Open. Spring 2022 priority, Dec 7, 2021; Summer & Fall 2022 Priority, April 25, 2022
Dec . 1 (Spring 2022), May 2 (Fall 2022)
Priority Consideration Deadline - June 1st
ACT/COMPASS/SAT/ ACCUPLACER CLASSIC/ ACCUPLACER NEXT GEN
$2,610 (plus books & fees)
$2,820 (not including books or applicable course fees)
June 15 (Fall)/Nov. 15 (Spring)
Varies by program
May 1 / Oct 1
June 1st/Dec. 1st
Varies By Program/No Fee
$1,224 plus books & fees
Priority Consideration Deadline June 1st
$2,325 in-district, $3,225 out-of-district (tuition/fees/books)
Priority deadline June 1
The average cost of tuition and basic fees for a full-time student taking 15 hours is $2,835 per semester.
Fall-May 15, Spring-Oct. 15, Summer-Mar. 15
$1,245 including fees & books
Nov. 15 & Apr. 1st
$3000 including books
Mar. 1st Priority
Apr. 15 priority
Preferred July 1st
Contact Financial Aid
$1,350 (including textbooks)
June 30 Priority
Nov. 1st/ Apr. 1st
repeated from last year. Every attempt is made to gather and verify the information. The Comments section was removed due to lack of space.
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