JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State University System campuses have simplified opportunities for students to complete or add degrees with a focus on transfer students through on-campus and online classes.
System President Chuck Welch told members of the Board of Trustees at its regular meeting today at Arkansas State University that Chancellor Kelly Damphousse has prioritized relationships not only with the system’s two-year institutions, but with colleges throughout the state.
“We greatly value two-year associate degrees and understand these are sufficient for many good-paying jobs,” Welch said. “But for those who want to continue their education at a university or want to return to complete a bachelor’s degree, we are committed to make the process as easy as possible. We will support students no matter how they want to approach higher education – through a two-year campus, a research university or with online classes and degree programs.
Welch said a systemwide task force has been reviewing processes within the system and developing articulation agreements with community colleges throughout Arkansas and the Mid-South.
“We have always served transfer students and provided bachelor’s degree opportunities through degree centers on some of our campuses,” Welch said. “We just recognized that we could improve our efforts, and our team has made tremendous progress.”