|Motto||Educate, Enhance, Enrich: e3|
|Endowment||$54.9 million (2015)|
|Students||21,976 (system-wide) 14,074 Jonesboro campus (Fall 2016)[ citation needed ]|
|Campus||1,376 acres (5.6 km2) Urban/Suburban|
|Colors||Scarlet, Black and White|
|Athletics|| NCAA Division I |
Sun Belt Conference
|Nickname||Red Wolves (Indians 1931–2008)|
|Mascots||Howl and Scarlet (formerly The Indian Tribe, Jumping Joe, Running Joe, and Red)|
Arkansas State University (also known as A-State km2) on Crowley's Ridge. Arkansas State has Sun Belt rivalries with all West Division schools (Little Rock, Louisiana, Louisiana-Monroe, Texas State, and UT Arlington). Their primary Sun Belt rivals are Little Rock, Louisiana-Monroe, and Louisiana.) is a public research university in Jonesboro, Arkansas. It is the flagship campus of the Arkansas State University System and the second largest university in Arkansas by enrollment. It was founded in 1909 and is located atop 1,376 acres (5.6
A public university is a university that is publicly owned or receives significant public funds through a national or subnational government, as opposed to a private university. Whether a national university is considered public varies from one country to another, largely depending on the specific education landscape.
A research university is a university that is committed to research as a central part of its mission. It does not matter whether the institution is public or private, or how the research is funded. Such universities have a strong focus on research and often have well known names. Undergraduate courses at many research universities are often academic rather than vocational and may not prepare students for particular careers, but many employers value degrees from research universities because they teach fundamental life skills such as critical thinking. Globally, research universities are predominantly public universities, with notable exceptions being the United States and Japan.
Jonesboro is a city located on Crowley's Ridge in the northeastern corner of the U.S. State of Arkansas. Jonesboro is one of two county seats of Craighead County and the home of Arkansas State University. According to the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 71,551 and is the fifth-largest city in Arkansas.
A-State was founded as the First District Agricultural School in Jonesboro in 1909 by the Arkansas Legislature as a regional agricultural training school. Robert W. Glover, a Missionary Baptist pastor who served in both houses of the Arkansas Legislature from Sheridan (1905–1912), introduced in 1909 the resolution calling for the establishment of four state agricultural colleges, including the future ASU.
Robert W. Glover, sometimes known as Bob Glover, was a Baptist pastor and a Democratic politician from Sheridan in Grant County in south Arkansas.
In 1918, ASU began offering a two-year college program. In 1925, it became First District Agricultural and Mechanical College. A four-year degree program was begun in 1930. A & M College became Arkansas State College in 1933. In 1967, the Arkansas Legislature elevated the college to university status and changed the name to Arkansas State University.
In the fall of 2014, A-State welcomed its most academically prepared freshman class. The result of several years of growing both admission standards and increasing on-campus housing, A-State's incoming first-year first-time student composite ACT was 23.9 with an average high school GPA of 3.47. This was the third consecutive year of improvement for the ACT/GPA freshman classes for Arkansas State. The Arkansas State Honors College has grown 59% since 2009. The university also posted back-to-back high graduate counts in spring 2012 and spring 2013, producing the most graduates in a two-year period in school history.[ citation needed ] The university contains the largest library in the state of Arkansas, the Dean B. Ellis Library.
For other Arkansas State University campuses, see Arkansas State University System.
The Arkansas State University System, based in Little Rock, serves 23,000 students throughout Arkansas with a total operating budget of $258 million.
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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. A second doctoral program, in environmental science, was begun in the fall of 1997, and the doctoral program in heritage studies began in the fall of 2001. Newer doctoral programs are in environmental science, molecular biosciences and physical therapy. In the fall of 2016, Arkansas State enrolled the first class of approximately 115 students to its branch of the New York Institute of Technology's medical school. The medical school is located on campus in the historic Wilson Hall.
A master's degree is an academic degree awarded by universities or colleges upon completion of a course of study demonstrating mastery or a high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of professional practice. A master's degree normally requires previous study at the bachelor's level, either as a separate degree or as part of an integrated course. Within the area studied, master's graduates are expected to possess advanced knowledge of a specialized body of theoretical and applied topics; high order skills in analysis, critical evaluation, or professional application; and the ability to solve complex problems and think rigorously and independently.
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) is a private doctoral research university with two main campuses in New York, one in Old Westbury and one in Manhattan. Additionally, it has a cybersecurity research center in Port Washington, New York, as well as campuses in Arkansas, United Arab Emirates, China and Canada.
Today, the institution has more than 90,000 alumni. Programs at the doctorate, specialist's, master's, bachelor's and associate degree levels are available through the various colleges: Agriculture, Engineering & Technology, Business, Education & Behavioral Science, Liberal Arts & Communication, Nursing & Health Professions, Sciences & Mathematics, and Undergraduate Studies.
The ASU system includes campuses in 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. Arkansas State University-Beebe became part of the ASU System in 1955. It associated with White River Vo-Tech at Newport in 1992; that campus attained stand-alone status and 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. A new campus was built for ASU-Heber Springs, which 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 an instructional site at nearby Paragould in Greene County.
A-State has grown rapidly over the past 20 years. Current enrollment for the Jonesboro campus stands close to 14,000, and the system has an enrollment of greater than 21,000.
A-State's journalism program reorganized into the College of Media and Communication for fall 2013. The College of Media and Communication is home to three student-led media outlets and a NPR affiliate radio station. The Herald, a weekly student newspaper, was founded in 1921 and has a circulation of 5,000. ASU-TV, a program under the Department of Radio-Television, gives students hands-on experience in the field of television broadcasting. Starting in fall 2013, an Internet-based student radio station, Red Wolf Radio, was added to the student media. Arkansas State is also home to KASU, a 100,000-watt FM station, which is the oldest NPR affiliate west of the Mississippi River.
Arkansas State participates as a member of the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference. The athletic teams, previously known as the Indians, are now known as the Red Wolves.
In 2012, the Red Wolves football team became Sun Belt Conference champions for a second straight year, finishing the regular season with a 9-3 record, and capped off its successful season with its first bowl game victory since becoming a Division I-A (FBS) program with a 17-13 victory over Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl, as well as earning its first win over a ranked opponent since joining the FBS in 1992.
In 2013, the football team became the Sun Belt Conference champions for a third straight year, finishing with a 7-5 regular season record and won a second consecutive GoDaddy Bowl with a 23-20 victory over then 10-2 Ball State.
Approximately 15% of ASU's undergraduate students are members of one of the 20 Greek organizations located on the campus.
ASU alumni include:
Beebe is a city in White County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 7,315 at the 2010 census, making it the second most populous in the county. The city is home to a branch campus of Jonesboro-based Arkansas State University.
Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) is a private, Baptist liberal arts college in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The university's name is taken from the Ouachita River, which forms the eastern campus boundary. It is affiliated with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.
Arkansas Tech University (ATU) is a public university in Russellville, Arkansas. The university offers programs at both baccalaureate and graduate levels in a range of fields. Arkansas Tech welcomed its first doctoral cohorts in the Summer of 2015. The Arkansas Tech University–Ozark Campus, a two-year satellite campus in the town of Ozark, primarily focuses on associate and certificate education.
Southern Arkansas University (SAU) is a public four-year institution located in Magnolia, Arkansas, in Columbia County, Arkansas, situated less than 20 miles north of the Louisiana state line.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a metropolitan public research university located in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. Established as Little Rock Junior College by the Little Rock School District in 1927, the institution became a private four-year university under the name Little Rock University in 1957. It returned to public status in 1969 when it merged with the University of Arkansas System under its present name. The former campus of Little Rock Junior College is now (2019) the campus of Philander Smith College.
Arkansas State University-Beebe, also known as Beebe State is a public two-year college system located in central Arkansas, with its flagship campus in Beebe, Arkansas. The ASU-Beebe system is a subset of the Arkansas State University System.
Arkansas State University Newport is a public two-year college system located in northeast Arkansas, with its flagship campus in Newport, Arkansas. The ASU-Newport system is a subset of the Arkansas State University System.
John Keith Hutchison is a Republican former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, first elected in 2012 for District 52, which includes parts of Poinsett, Craighead, Jackson, and Independence counties in a farming area of eastern Arkansas.
Ronald R. "Ron" Caldwell is a businessman from Wynne in Cross County in eastern Arkansas, who has been since 2013 a Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate. His District 23 encompasses Jackson County and portions of Cross, Lee, Monroe, St. Francis, White, and Woodruff counties.
Kim David Hammer is a Missionary Baptist pastor and hospice chaplain in Benton, Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 28 in Saline County near the capital city of Little Rock.
Mark Dale Lowery is a college instructor and former lobbyist from Maumelle, Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 39 in Pulaski County near the capital city of Little Rock.
Roy Douglas House, known as Doug House, is an attorney and retired United States Army officer from North Little Rock, Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from District 40, which includes parts of Pulaski and Faulkner counties.
Joseph Bradley "Joe" Farrer is a physical therapist who owns Farrer Physical Therapy in Cabot andJacksonville in Pulaski County, Arkansas, and a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives. His District 44 includes parts of Faulkner, Lonoke, and White counties.
Jeremy Gillam is a farmer from Judsonia in White County in central Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives. His District 45, which he has represented since 2013, includes parts of Faulkner, Lonoke, and White counties From 2011 to 2013, he represented House District 49.
John Russell Payton is an automobile dealer and auctioneer in Beebe in White County in central Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives. His District 64, which he has represented since 2013, includes parts of White and Cleburne counties. In 2017, he was elected by his colleagues as the House Majority Whip.
Joshua D. Miller is a property manager from Heber Springs, Arkansas, who, since 2013, has been a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives. His District 66 includes portions of Cleburne, Van Buren, and Faulkner counties in the northern-central portion of his state.
Gary E. Deffenbaugh is a retired educator and coach from Van Buren in western Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives. His District 79, which he has represented since 2013, includes part of Crawford County. From 2011 to 2013, he represented House District 66, a position now held by the Republican Josh Miller of Heber Springs.
Dan Alan Sullivan is an educator-turned-businessman from Jonesboro, Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 53 in Craighead and Greene counties in the northeastern portion of his state.
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