"Arkansas State University educates leaders,
enhances intellectual growth and enriches lives."
Arkansas State University in Jonesboro enjoys a reputation as an
of higher education serving citizens throughout Arkansas and surrounding states. It is the only comprehensive public
university located in this region. Dedicated to teaching, research and
service, the university provides students with the broad educational foundations
that help develop critical thinking and analytical skills, decision-making
capabilities, and communication skills. Dr. G. Daniel Howard became interim chancellor of the ASU-Jonesboro campus on
July 1, 2010.
This institution was founded in Jonesboro in 1909 by the Arkansas General
as a regional agricultural training school. It began offering a two-year
college program in 1918, then became "First District Agricultural and Mechanical
College" in 1925. A four-year degree program was
begun in 1930, then A &
M College became "Arkansas State College" in 1933. The Arkansas Legislature
elevated the college to university status and changed the name to Arkansas
State University in 1967. Today, the institution has more than 61,000
alumni. ASU has been powering the minds of its students for 100 years;
the university is observing its Centennial in 2009-10.
Master's degree graduate programs were initiated in 1955,
and ASU began offering its first doctoral degree, in educational leadership,
in the fall of 1992. Additional doctoral programs are now offered in environmental science,
heritage studies and molecular
biosciences. Programs at the specialist's, master's,
bachelor's and associate's degree levels are available through the various
colleges: Agriculture and Technology, Business, Communications, Education,
Engineering, Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Nursing and Health Professions,
Sciences and Mathematics, and University
College. Classes also are offered through The Honors College and the independent Department of
Military Science. More information about the various colleges and
academic departments is available through the
Academic Affairs and Research.
Arkansas State University's commitment to excellence in
higher education is demonstrated by its accreditation by The Higher Learning
Commission of the North Central
Association, as well as 18 specialized accrediting
organizations. In addition, the university holds membership in numerous national organizations
which support the highest educational standards.
The ASU System
The ASU system includes campuses Jonesboro (Craighead County),
which offers degree programs through the doctoral level; Beebe (White County), Mountain Home (Baxter County), and Newport (Jackson County), where associate degree programs are
offered; and at Heber Springs, Marked Tree and Searcy.
Dr. Robert L. Potts is interim president of the Arkansas State University System, which
was created by Board of Trustees resolution and officially began on July 1,
2006. Arkansas State
University-Beebe became part of ASU in 1955. White River Vo-Tech at Newport
associated with ASU-Beebe in 1992; that campus is now Arkansas State University-Newport. The Mountain Home campus officially became ASU-Mountain Home on July 1,
1995. Delta Technical Institute at Marked Tree merged with ASU and became
Arkansas State University Technical Center on July 1, 2001. ASU-Heber Springs operates as a sister campus of ASU-Beebe. Foothills Technical Institute at Searcy was merged with ASU-Beebe on July 1,
2003, and is now ASU-Searcy, a technical institute of ASU-Beebe.
ASU offers bachelor's degree programs, master's degree programs and upper level courses
through ASU degree centers at ASU-Beebe, ASU-Mountain Home, and three other
cities -- Blytheville, Forrest City and West Memphis -- where
partnership agreements have been established in cooperation with the local
community colleges. ASU also operates instructional sites at nearby Paragould,
in Greene County, and at Little Rock Air Force Base.
ASU has grown significantly over the past three decades. The Jonesboro campus enrollment
in the fall of 1981 was 7,448; in the fall of 2009, it was 12,156. Because of the close partnerships between the
campuses, ASU also reports a combined enrollment for the ASU System. Total
System enrollment in the fall of 2009 was 20,142.
For information about educational opportunities at ASU-Jonesboro,
contact the Office of Admissions, firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 870-972-3024 or 800-382-3030. For information about Graduate School,
write to email@example.com or
call 870-972-3029. For information about International Programs, write to
firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional details about the
university, contact University Relations,
email@example.com. Additional contact information, mailing addresses and telephone
numbers are available
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