Arkansas State University-Newport

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Arkansas State University-NewportArkansas State University-Newport
7648 Victory Blvd
Newport, AR 72112
Phone: (870) 512-7800

Historical Background

Arkansas State University-Newport was founded as White River Vocational Technical School in 1976. In 1991, the school merged with ASU-Beebe becoming ASU-Beebe/Newport and in April 2000, the Arkansas Board of Higher Education gave its approval for ASUN to become a stand-alone campus. The institution was tasked with obtaining a separate budget appropriation, gaining accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and hiring a Chancellor. Those tasks were completed and, in 2002, ASU-Newport became a stand-alone college. Also In, 2002 Jackson County residents supported the institution by passing a half-cent sales and use tax dedicated to ASU-Newport. The tax passed with 67% of the votes. Since 2002, enrollment has nearly tripled. The college now has three campuses... the main campus in Newport and Technical Centers in Jonesboro and Marked Tree.

Philosophy of ASUN

The essential purpose of Arkansas State University-Newport is to provide a two-year postsecondary program of education responsive to the needs of the clientele. The faculty and staff share a commitment to the belief that both traditional and non-traditional students should be given a continuing opportunity for development and extension of their skills, knowledge, and awareness of their role in society. Arkansas State University-Newport realizes this primary objective as students:
(1) enter the college
(2) find programs compatible with their goals
(3) persist in higher education until their goals are obtained
(4) subsequently, become responsible members of society

Our mission is to provide:
Integrity of Programs and Services;
Affordable Life Long Learning; and
Enhanced Quality of Life

In the Diverse Community We Serve

In order to implement the mission,
ASU-Newport has established the following strategic goals:
To provide an academic environment which will motivate and enable students from diverse backgrounds to achieve their educational goals
To promote institutional development which will attract new enrollment and retain quality students
To strengthen student commitments to life-long learning, career development and community leadership
To expand the role of the institution in the economic development of the Arkansas Delta Region
To strengthen collaboration and working partnerships with other education service providers, business and industry employers, and community members.
To secure additional funding for institutional development and advancement from state, local, and private sources
To expand and improve physical and technological facilities of the institution
To ensure integrity and quality in all areas of institutional performance
To provide continuous communication and accountability to the multiple constituency groups served

The Counseling Office at Arkansas State University-Newport (ASUN) is dedicated to providing students with services that will enhance their overall college experience. These services include: Personal counseling, career and academic advising, and testing services. The counseling office also provides all on-campus student life activities and support to student organizations.
Personal Counseling
The center's counselor provides confidential and individual counseling to students. The counselor assists students with building study skills, managing stress and time management. In addition, the counselor strives to help students develop effective life-coping strategies. At the convenience of students, the counseling office is centrally located in the NEA Higher Education Charitable Foundation student lounge of the Student/Community center (S/CC).
Career and Academic Advising
In an effort to help students make early decisions about their career and academic goals, the counseling center provides students with career and academic advising. The counselor encourages students to begin thinking of their academic goals in relation to their career aspirations. Arkansas State University-Newport students have access to the Arkansas State University Career Services office. The counseling office maintains communication with the Arkansas State University Career Services office. This allows students access to continuous updates on job openings and applications. Students receive opportunities to interview with prospective vendors, format resumes, and attend job placement events.

The Arkansas State University-Newport campus offers on- and off- campus classes in Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Adult Education (GAE), and English as a Second Language (ESL). There are no charges for tuition and books for these courses. Classes are also open to adults who have already earned a high school diploma but wish to improve basic skills in reading, English, and math in preparation for the ACT or COMPASS test and college courses.

Enrollment is open entry/open exit; students may start at any time.

The primary goal of the GAE classes is to prepare the advanced adult education student, 18 years of age or older, for the General Education Degree test. Students aged 16 or 17 who meet certain eligibility guidelines may also enroll. The actual GED test is also given free of charge at the Newport campus. The test is scheduled at regular intervals throughout the school year. All students taking the test must complete 60 hours of instruction in preparation for the official GED Practice Test. Passing scores on the official GED Practice Test are required before the student may take the GED test.

ESL Course

The primary goal of the ESL classes is to provide students with evaluations and instruction in spoken English. Students work to develop functional English language proficiency with respect to life skills, employment skills and a study of American and Arkansas History, Government and culture. Instruction may also be provided to enable the ESL student to obtain an Arkansas driver's license and American Citizenship.

Contact Information

For more information on these programs, please call Martha Taussig, Coordinator of Adult Education,
at (870) 512-7824 or call the Main campus number (870) 512-7800.

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