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Arkansas State University-Newport

Arkansas State University-Newport

2024-present 2024-present
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About Arkansas State University-Newport

Arkansas State University-Newport (ASU-Newport)’s mission is to provide accessible, affordable, innovative learning opportunities that transform lives and strengthen the regional economy. ASUN’s first strategic priority is Student Success: to develop and implement a holistic student life model that reduces barriers and engages students; to provide high-impact growth and development opportunities recognizing the diversity of students. Our stated vision: “Empowering Individuals. Advancing Communities.”

ASU-Newport is a place with a distinct past, worthy of note, but also a bright future which reflects the dreams, goals, and aspirations of numerous individuals, both past and present. To fully understand this institution, one must take a brief glance backward into the history that molded its destiny. ASU-Newport has experienced a very unique legacy in relation to not only its internal organizational structure, but also with regards to accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission. These phases have impacted the institution in numerous ways. Prior to being named ASU-Newport, the organization was known as White River Vocational Technical School, receiving accreditation April 19, 1989, through the North Central Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. In 1991, the Arkansas Legislature passed Act 1244 which merged White River Vocational Technical School with ASU-Beebe. ASU-Newport was then accredited through ASU-Beebe by the North Central Association as a satellite campus. These were very interesting and evolving years for not only the institution, but the entirety of Jackson County. Given the economic changes transpiring, complete with a significant economic downturn, there emerged a significant need for retraining and repurposing of skill sets among individuals. But drive, passion and mission produce wonderful results. The success of this small former vocational technical school at the turn of the century could be attributed to a keen connection to local needs, creative thinking, and an amazing amount of “sweat equity.” As a result of these unique circumstances, on April 21, 2000, the Arkansas Board of Higher Education gave its approval for ASUN to become a stand-alone institution.