University of Arkansas System

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University of Arkansas System
Type State university system
Chairman Ben Hyneman
President Donald Bobbitt
Administrative staff
17000
Students60,000
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Website uasys.edu/

The University of Arkansas System comprises six campuses within the state of Arkansas; a medical school; two law schools; a unique graduate school focused on public service; a HBCU, statewide research, service and educational units for agriculture, criminal justice and archeology; and several community colleges. Over 50,000 students are enrolled in over 188 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.

Arkansas State of the United States of America

Arkansas is a state in the southern region of the United States, home to over 3 million people as of 2018. Its name is of Siouan derivation from the language of the Osage denoting their related kin, the Quapaw Indians. The state's diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozark and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the densely forested land in the south known as the Arkansas Timberlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta.

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Legally, the entire system carries the name University of Arkansas. Nonetheless, to avoid confusion with its flagship campus in Fayetteville, the system usually refers to itself as the University of Arkansas System and the Fayetteville campus usually refers to itself as the University of Arkansas.

University of Arkansas Public research university in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

The University of Arkansas is a public land-grant, research university in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System and the largest, best-known university in the state. Founded as Arkansas Industrial University in 1871, its present name was adopted in 1899 and classes were first held on January 22, 1872. It is noted for its strong architecture, agriculture, business, communication disorders, creative writing, history, law, and Middle Eastern studies programs.

Fayetteville, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Fayetteville is the third-largest city in Arkansas and county seat of Washington County. The city is centrally located within the county and has been home of the University of Arkansas since the institution's founding in 1871. Fayetteville is on the outskirts of the Boston Mountains, deep within the Ozarks. Known as Washington until 1829, the city was named after Fayetteville, Tennessee, from which many of the settlers had come. It was incorporated on November 3, 1836 and was rechartered in 1867. The four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 105th in terms of population in the United States with 463,204 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau. The city had a population of 73,580 at the 2010 Census.

University Campuses

CampusOfficial nameFoundedEnrollmentEndowmentAthleticsNCAA DivisionMain conference
eVersityUniversity of Arkansas System, eVersity2014
Fayetteville University of Arkansas187126,754 [1] $1.06 Billion Arkansas Razorbacks Division I (FBS) SEC
Little Rock University of Arkansas at Little Rock192713,167$136 million Little Rock Trojans Division I (non-football) Sun Belt
Monticello University of Arkansas at Monticello19103,762$22.8 million UAM Boll Weevils Division II Great American
Pine Bluff University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff18733,332$1.9 million UAPB Golden Lions Division I (FCS) SWAC
Fort Smith University of Arkansas at Fort Smith19287,329$38.8 million UA Fort Smith Lions Division II Heartland

Medical School

LocationOfficial nameAffiliated campusesFoundedEnrollmentEndowment
Little Rock University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fayetteville 18792,400$75.9 million

Law Schools

(Neither one is officially independent of its parent campus, though the Bowen School of Law is on a separate campus from UALR proper)

LocationCampusOfficial nameFoundedEnrollmentEndowment
Fayetteville University of Arkansas at Fayetteville University of Arkansas School of Law 1924445$84.2 million
Little Rock University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law 1975450$43.4 million

Graduate School

LocationCampusOfficial nameFoundedEnrollmentEndowment
Little Rock Independent University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service 200496$0.00 million

Community Colleges

LocationCampusPreferred nameFoundedEnrollment
De Queen Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas Cossatot19751,486
Batesville University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville UACC Batesville19971,745
Hope University of Arkansas Community College at Hope UACC Hope19651,358
Morrilton University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton UACC Morilton19612,421
Helena-West Helena Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas Phillips19652,350
North Little Rock University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College Pulaski Tech19456,576
Mena University of Arkansas Rich Mountain UA Rich Mountain1973824

Advanced High School

Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts

The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts (ASMSA) is a two-year, public residential high school located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It is a part of the University of Arkansas administrative system and a member of the NCSSSMST. The school was originally known as The Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences. The school is accredited by AdvancED.

Other System Units

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Bags of long grain rice from the UA Division of Agriculture Research and Extension - Rice Research and Extension Center

History

The original and flagship campus was established in Fayetteville as Arkansas Industrial University in 1871 under the 1862 Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act. The system now includes both of the state's land-grant colleges, as UAPB was later designated as such under the 1890 Morrill Act; it left the system in 1927, but returned in 1972. The Division of Agriculture and UAM's forestry programs also contribute to the system's land-grant mission.The Division of Agriculture includes the statewide Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) and the Cooperative Extension Service (CES). AAES and CES were managed by the dean of the College of Agriculture and Home Economics on the Fayetteville campus until 1959, when the Board of Trustees established the statewide Division of Agriculture as a unit of the U of A System.

The University of Arkansas System as an organized educational alliance (system) could be said to date from the founding of UAPB (1873) or perhaps UAMS joining the system (1911). The Division of Agriculture was established in 1959 as a statewide system unit with its own line-item appropriation from the state Legislature. University of Arkansas President David Wiley Mullins, along with the Board of Trustees, brokered a series of mergers in the late 1960s. The Little Rock and Monticello campuses joined the system in 1969 (UALR) and 1971 (UAM), and UAPB returned to the system in 1972. In 1975, a University of Arkansas Board of Trustees policy officially adopted the name "University of Arkansas System" as an alternative identification for the system, along with the present names of the campuses, in order to allow the Fayetteville campus to continue its identification as the "University of Arkansas". The policy has been amended over the years as other campuses were added.

The administrative offices for the University of Arkansas System are located in Little Rock.

University presidents

Up until 1982, the president was the chief administrative officer of the Fayetteville campus and the University of Arkansas System. In 1982, the position of chancellor was created to be the top administrator at the Fayetteville campus, and the title of president referred only to the University of Arkansas System.

PresidentTenure
Noah P. Gates1871-1873
Albert W. Bishop1873-1875
Noah P. Gates1875-1877
Daniel Harvey Hill 1877-1884
George M. Edgar 1884-1887
Edward H. Murfee1887-1894
John L. Buchanan1894-1902
Henry S. Hartzog1902-1905
John N. Tillman 1905-1912
John Hugh Reynolds (acting)1912-1913
John C. Futrall 1913-1939
J. William Fulbright 1939-1941
Arthur M. Harding1941-1947
Lewis Webster Jones 1947-1951
John T. Caldwell 1952-1959
Storm Whaley (acting)1959-1960
David Wiley Mullins 1960-1974
Charles E. Bishop1974-1980
James E. Martin 1980-1984
Ray Thornton 1984-1990
B. Alan Sugg1990-2011
Donald R. Bobbitt2011–present

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UAMS Northwest

The UAMS Northwest campus is community-based regional medical campus, and a satellite campus of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. It is located in the former 325,000-square-foot (30,200 m2) Washington Regional Medical Center near the VA Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and is opening in phases, which started in 2009 as part of the nearly $500 million expansion of the UAMS campus in Little Rock. A $3 million phase one renovation was completed in 2009 which provided new classroom, student, and office space and allowed the first group of medical students to attend UAMS Northwest that fall. Phase two of the expansion, undertaken in 2011, added students from the colleges of pharmacy, nursing and health professions.

UAMS College of Medicine

UAMS College of Medicine is a medical school that is part of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, a state-run university in the U.S. state of Arkansas and part of the University of Arkansas System. The primary campus is in Little Rock and is affiliated with UAMS Medical Center, Arkansas Children's Hospital, and Central Arkansas Veterans HealthCare System. A branch campus, UAMS Northwest is in Fayetteville. It is one of three medical schools in Arkansas, with NYITCOM in Jonesboro and Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Smith being the other two.

UAMS Medical Center Hospital in Arkansas, United States

UAMS Medical Center is a teaching hospital and a Level I trauma center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

References

  1. "U of A Enrollment Edges to 26,754, Up Nearly 2 Percent" . Retrieved August 12, 2016.