Arkansas State University-Beebe
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|Junior Agricultural School of Central Arkansas (1927-1955) Arkansas State College–Beebe Branch (1955-1965) Arkansas State College-Beebe Branch (1965-2001)|
|Type||Public two-year college system|
|Arkansas State University System|
|Chancellor||Dr Jennifer Methvin|
|President||Dr. Charles Welch|
|Colors||Vanguard Blue and Red|
|Affiliations||Arkansas State University System|
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-Beebe
- Arkansas State University-Beebe Searcy Campus
- Arkansas State University-Beebe Heber Springs Campus
- Arkansas State University-Beebe at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville
- Arkansas State University-Beebe Online Campus
ASU-Beebe was established in 1927 as the Junior Agricultural School of Central Arkansas. Since that time, it has been in continuous operation under four other names — from 1931 to 1954 as Junior Agriculture College of Central Arkansas, Arkansas State College-Beebe Branch from 1955 to 1967, Arkansas State University-Beebe Branch from 1967 to 2001, and has since been known as Arkansas State University-Beebe.
The institution operates under the policies of the Board of Trustees and the President of the Arkansas State University System, but ASU-Beebe is independently accredited and functionally separate under the leadership of a Chancellor.
Act 496, enacted by the General Assembly in 1985, established Arkansas State Technical Institute at Arkansas State University-Beebe to provide educational programs which combine academic skills and vocational training in highly technical employment areas.
In 1991, the state legislature merged White River Vocational-Technical School in Newport with ASU-Beebe. The Newport campus became ASU-Newport, and was the first campus outside of Beebe for ASU-Beebe. As of 2000, ASU-Newport was approved as a stand-alone campus, and now reports directly to the ASU System, its Board of Trustees and President.
In the late 1990s, local community leaders in Heber Springs expressed interest in gaining a college campus. After a time of analysis and study, ASU-Beebe Heber Springs Campus was established in 1999.
In 2003, Foothills Technical Institute in Searcy merged with ASU-Beebe to become ASU-Beebe Searcy Campus.
The college also operates a degree center at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville.
In 2016 ASU-Beebe saw the introduction of a new mascot, the Vanguard, and the retirement of long-time Chancellor Dr. Eugene McKay. Chancellor Dr. Karla Fisher took office in January 2016.
ASU-Beebe offers Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts. Upon completion of an associate degree, students have the option of continuing their education by pursuing bachelor's and master's degrees at the ASU-Beebe campus through programs offered by the A-State (ASU-Jonesboro) Degree Center. ASU-Beebe also offers certificates of proficiency and one-year technical certificates.
ASU-Beebe is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The institution is also accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. ASU-Beebe is certified by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing, the Arkansas Office of Emergency Medical Services, the Arkansas Department of Human Services, and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. ASU-Beebe is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association for its veterinary technology program, by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists for its pharmacy technician science program, and by the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the EMS Professions for its emergency medical services program.