Arkansas State University educates leaders, enhances intellectual growth and enriches lives

This institution was founded in Jonesboro in 1909 by the Arkansas Legislature as a regional agricultural training school. It began offering a two-year college program in 1918, then became the “First District Agricultural and Mechanical College” in 1925. A four-year degree program began in 1930, and A&M College became “Arkansas State College” in 1933. The Arkansas Legislature elevated the college to university status and changed the name to Arkansas State University in 1967. Today, the institution has more than 100,000 alumni.

A-State History

Arkansas State University enjoys a reputation as a quality regional institution of higher education. Dedicated to teaching, research, and service, the university provides students with broad educational foundations that help develop critical thinking and analytical skills, decision-making capabilities, and communication skills.

MISSION
Arkansas State University educates leaders, enhances intellectual growth, and enriches lives.
Vision
Arkansas State University aspires to be an academic leader recognized for innovation and quality in teaching and learning, international standing in strategic research areas, and commitment to outreach and service to the Delta and beyond.

CORE VALUES AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

CORE VALUES

Arkansas State University values the following as central to its success:

Student-Centered: A-State is committed to education, inquiry and service in order to meet students’ changing needs. A-State fosters lifelong learning, civic and social responsibility, leadership, and individual and career growth.

Learning-Centered: A-State nurtures intellectual flexibility, knowledge and skills by integrating teaching, research, assessment and learning to promote continuous improvement of our scholarly community.

Excellence: A-State pursues excellence within its community through opportunities for achievement in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity and service.

Diversity: A-State embraces diversity in all of its dimensions realizing that mutual respect for individuality and the inclusion of all are vital for both personal and institutional success.

Service: A-State supports and recognizes service at all levels of the university. A-State strives to contribute to the benefit of the university, the local community, the nation and the world.

Integrity: A-State holds high standards of character and integrity as the foundations upon which the university is built.

Learning Outcomes

A-State seeks to graduate students with the following knowledge and skills:

Creative and Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate the creative and critical thinking skills needed to evaluate relevant information and/or ideas, formulate innovative strategies, and solve problems.

Communication: Students will communicate effectively in social, academic, and professional contexts using a variety of means, including written, oral, numeric/quantitative, graphic, and/ or visual modes as appropriate to topic, audience, and discipline.

Social and Civic Responsibility: Students will understand the impact and consequences of their actions upon themselves and others, as well as their roles as citizens of a free democratic society.

Diversity and Globalization: Students will be able to live and work effectively with others as an engaged member of a diverse and global society.

History
Arkansas State University enjoys a reputation as a quality regional institution of higher education. Dedicated to teaching, research, and service, the university provides students with the broad educational foundations that help develop critical thinking and analytical skills, decision-making capabilities, and communication skills.
History
This institution was founded in Jonesboro in 1909 by the Arkansas Legislature as a regional agricultural training school. It began offering a two-year college program in 1918, then became “First District Agricultural and Mechanical College” in 1925. A four-year degree program was begun in 1930, and A&M College became “Arkansas State College” in 1933. The Arkansas Legislature elevated the college to university status and changed the name to Arkansas State University in 1967. Today, the institution has more than 90,000 alumni.
Main Campus Location
The university is located about halfway between the Mississippi River Valley, one of the most fertile areas in the world, and the Ozark Mountains, rich in American folklore and tradition. The university campus occupies an area of 800 acres on the gently rolling slopes of Crowley’s Ridge, in the City of Jonesboro.
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