Southern Arkansas University Tech

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Southern Arkansas University TechSouthern Arkansas University Tech
P.O. Box 3499,
Camden, AR 71711
Phone: (870) 574-4500
School Information: Admission: Beverly Clark
E-mail Address: [email protected]

SAU Tech is a two-year public college which is part of the Southern Arkansas University System. The college began in 1968 and has an average enrollment of over 2000 students. The college employs over 150 staff and faculty and is located inside Highland Industrial Park in East Camden, Arkansas.


Southern Arkansas University Tech ("SAU TECH") was created on April 5, 1967, as Southwest Technical Institute by Act 534 of the General Assembly of Arkansas. The purpose of the institute was to provide a technically trained workforce for the growing Highland Industrial Park where it was located. The Brown Foundation of Houston, Texas, which had purchased the Schumacher Naval Ammunition Depot for use as Highland Industrial Park, donated 70 acres of land and six buildings.

Financing for renovation and equipping the facility was made possible by a grant from the United States Economic Development Administration. The State Board of Education operated the school until 1975 when, by an Act of the Arkansas Legislature, Southwest Technical Institute became Southern Arkansas University Tech, under the governance of the Board of Trustees of Southern Arkansas University. With this change, SAU Tech came under the jurisdiction of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to grant the Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees as well as the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.

Today, SAU Tech is a two-year comprehensive college specializing in technical training and offers the first two years of a university transfer program. In addition to offering traditional classroom courses, SAU Tech offers a number of Internet courses. SAU Tech has a large enrollment in its high school dual credit program. SAU Tech also operates the Arkansas Environmental Training Academy, the Arkansas Fire Training Academy, the SAU Tech Career Academy, and the Adult Education Center, which services both Calhoun and Ouachita counties.


Southern Arkansas University Tech is a two-year comprehensive college emphasizing technical education and is committed to providing quality educational programs delivered through various technologies and methodologies to meet the needs of its service areas. SAU Tech accomplishes its mission through technical career programs, transfer curricula, continuing education, workforce education, transitional education, and administrative, student and community services.


Southern Arkansas University Tech is accredited by
The Higher Learning Commission North Central Association.

The Higher Learning Commission
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413
Telephone: 1.800.621.7440 or 1.312.263.0456
Facsimile: 1.312.263.7462

Other programs and their respective approvals and accreditations are as follows:
Practical Nursing Program: Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Nursing Assistant Program: Office of Long-Term Care
Aviation Maintenance Program: Federal Aviation Administration
Firefighter Standards: International Fire Service Accreditation Congress
National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications

The Arkansas State Approving Agency for Veterans Training has approved some programs at SAU Tech as training for individuals eligible for educational benefits under the GI Bill.

For more information about SAU Tech's accreditation processes call 870.574.4560.


SAU Tech operates under the governance of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Arkansas University System located in Magnolia, Arkansas. Dr. Corbet Lamkin is the Chancellor of SAU Tech and is supervised by Dr. David Rankin, President of the Southern Arkansas University System. Dr. Rankin is advised by the Board of Trustees.

Board of Trustees
Dr. D. Bud Dickson,Chair
Mr. P. Nathan Evers, Vice Chair
Mr. Edgar Lee, Secretary
Dr. Jack Harrington
Mr. Ronald L. Ribble


Every employee and his/her contribution to SAU Tech.
Each person served or seeking service.
Personal and professional honesty and integrity.
The trust and confidence placed in SAU Tech by its constituencies.
A caring learning environment that promotes access, scholarship, innovation and the success of all students.
A climate that reflects a deep appreciation and acceptance of diversity.
Accountability on all levels that is reflected in wise stewardship of public resources.
Collaborative and cooperative partnerships that improve the quality of life for those served.
Innovation and the ability to meet the changing needs of its constituencies.
The history of SAU Tech and its contributions.


The SAU Tech Admissions Office is responsible for student testing, admission to the college, academic advising, registration, and providing personal counseling services. This department also provides new student orientation activities for incoming freshmen and conducts the freshmen seminar classes. Just let us know what we can do for YOU!

SAU Tech is an open admissions college, which means we will not turn you down for admission; however, we have several items that you must provide in order to be admitted.

Requirements for Admission
Submit application for admissions.
Submit a high school transcript or GED, and official college transcripts from all previously attended colleges (if applicable).
Provide proof of 2 immunizations against measles, mumps and rubella.
Take a placement test. Students enrolling must submit ACT or SAT, ASSET or COMPASS scores. Students can also take the ASSET or COMPASS test given at SAU Tech.

Testing Services
We provide testing services including Compass testing, ACT, and much more! Click here to see the current testing schedule, and don't forget to bring a picture ID and any fees required. To take the Compass, pay first at the Business Office and then go upstairs in the same building.(Administration Building) to the testing center and show your receipt and picture ID. You can always call for more info at 870.574.4486 or 870.574.4492.

Advising & Registration
After admission to SAU Tech, you will meet with one of our program advisors. Advisors are assigned to certain program areas, and you will be notified of which advisor you need to see when you go through the admissions process. For new students, advising is available during new student orientation which takes place before regular fall/spring registration begins. Your advisor can be reached by email or by phone, and the information can be found under "meet our staff" on this page. During advising your advisor will register you for classes and help you with any questions you may have. You can also register for classes online.

Personal Counseling Services
SAU Tech is aware that many of our students face personal challenges and difficulties while attending college, and with that in mind, the college provides personal counseling at no charge to students needing assistance.
For more information contact the following numbers:


The Office of the Registrar at SAU Tech handles official student documents like transcripts and grades, and processes actions like the adding and dropping of classes. The Office of the Registrar also handles the graduation application process for students. We are here to help you, just let us know what you need.

Transcript Request
By federal law, a college transcript requires that the student request a copy in writing or in person. The request requires proper signature by the student. Requests may never be taken by telephone since a person cannot be identified in this manner nor a signature obtained. SAU Tech transcripts are processed daily, except for the time we are closed for holidays in December. Every attempt will be made by the Registrar's Office to process transcript requests in a timely manner. There is no charge per request. Transcripts may be requested by:

Written Procedure
Address to:
Southern Arkansas University Tech
Office of the Registrar
P.O. Box 3499
Camden, AR 71711
Printable Transcript Request Form
Be sure to include your full legal name, social security number, dates of attendance or graduation date from SAU Tech, and the complete address(es) of where the transcript is to be mailed. This request cannot be honored without the student's written signature.

Faxed Procedure
Fax Number: (870) 574-4478
Be sure to include your full legal name, social security number, dates of attendance or graduation date from SAU Tech, and the complete address(es) of where the transcript is to be mailed. This request cannot be honored without the student's written signature. Transcripts can be faxed to other colleges; but only mailed or hand-delivered transcripts in a sealed envelope are official. SAU Tech does not produce an "unofficial" transcript except for internal purposes only.

In Person Procedure
Come to Administration Building (AD 124 or AD 126) during normal business hours.

Other Documents
SAU Tech does not re-release other college and high school transcripts or photocopies of other college and high school transcripts that have been submitted for admission purposes and are kept in the students record. A student will need to have those transcripts mailed directly from their original source.
Robyn Meadows, Registrar Secretary
P.O. Box 3499
Camden, Arkansas 71711
(870) 574-4485


To access student records you can use CampusConnect. To access CampusConnect, you will need your student ID and PIN. Your student ID and PIN will be mailed to you in your acceptance letter from the Admissions Office. Your student ID can also be found on your printed schedule that can be picked up at the Business Office when you register for classes and on your billing statement that you receive from the College. You can also obtain your student ID by calling the Registrar's Office at (870) 574-4587. Your PIN is the last digits of your social security number.

We strongly recommend that upon login, you immediately change your PIN. You will be directed to the "Change Pin" screen immediately upon login until such time that you change your PIN to something other than the last four digits of your social security number. For instructions on use of CampusConnect click here.

The Faculty Access module of CampusConnect allows faculty to view their class rosters online and enter grades. Access information is provided to faculty by the Information Technology Services Department.


Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3499, Camden, AR 71711
Shipping Address: 100 Carr Road, Camden, AR 71701
Main Telephone: (870) 574-4500
Main Fax: (870) 574-4520

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