Pulaski Technical College

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Pulaski Technical College
Former names

Little Rock Vocational School (1945-1969)
Pulaski Vocational Technical School (1969-1991)

Pulaski Technical College (1991-present)
Motto Dedicated to your Success
Established 1991
Type Public university
President Dr. Margaret A. Ellibee
Provost Dr. Michael DeLong
Academic staff
714
Students 9,978
Location North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
34°46′58″N 92°18′00″W / 34.78290°N 92.29994°W / 34.78290; -92.29994Coordinates: 34°46′58″N 92°18′00″W / 34.78290°N 92.29994°W / 34.78290; -92.29994
Website www.pulaskitech.edu

Pulaski Technical College is located in North Little Rock, Arkansas, in the United States. Pulaski Tech has seven locations[clarification needed] throughout Central Arkansas and online.

Faculty[edit]

Pulaski Technical College employs 408 full-time faculty and staff and 306 adjunct faculty.

Pulaski Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602, (800) 621-7440. Pulaski Tech offers more than 90 associate degree and certificate programs of study. Pulaski Tech maintains articulation agreements with the accredited universities in its service area. Pulaski Tech's continuing education and business outreach program is one of the largest of its kind among two-year colleges in the state. Pulaski Tech provides customized training programs for more than 160 area businesses and industries.

Campus and locations[edit]

Pulaski Technical College's main campus is located at 3000 West Scenic Drive in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Off-campus Locations[edit]

Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute, opened in September 2013. Pulaski Tech is currently trying to refinance bonds as part of a plan to increase revenue and increase enrollment.[1]

History[edit]

Pulaski Technical College at North Little Rock, is part of the Arkansas Technical and Community College System maintained by the State of Arkansas. The college is governed by a seven-member board of trustees, appointed by the governor, and derives its support largely from student tuition and fees and legislative appropriations.

Pulaski Tech's was established in October 1945 as the Little Rock Vocational School under the supervision of the Little Rock Public Schools. In October 1969, administration of the school was transferred to the Arkansas Board of Vocational Education and the school was named Pulaski Vocational Technical School. Early in the 1970s, 137 acres declared surplus by the Veterans Administration were transferred to the North Little Rock School District and Pulaski was given 40 acres for a new school site. Pulaski Vo-Tech moved from 14th and Scott streets in Little Rock to its present location in January 1976. When the Arkansas General Assembly created the Arkansas Technical and Community College System in 1991, Pulaski and 12 other vocational-technical schools became technical colleges under the coordination of the Arkansas Board of Higher Education. Pulaski Tech is a a comprehensive two-year college offering associate degree and certificate programs for students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities and/or for career preparation and advancement.

Dr. Margaret A. Ellibee was selected in June 2012 by the Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees to serve as college president. She began August 16. On February 26, 2014, following the controversial termination of a long-standing instructor, the Pulaski Technical College Student Government Association voted 9-3 that it had no-confidence in Dr. Ellibee.[2] On March 11, 2014, voters rejected a proposed millage increase that would have provided funding to the college. The millage was defeated by a margin of three-to-one.[3]

Since 2012, the college has seen a significant decrease in enrollment. At the start of Dr. Ellibee's tenure, fall student enrollment was nearly 12,000 students. Although Ellibee recently told the Arkansas Gazette that enrollment losses started in 2011 because "the state required changes to increase admission standards, and federal financial-aid requirements became stricter,"[4] the changes in admissions standards were discussed in Fall 2012 but did not start until Fall 2013. [5] These changes cost the school approximately 168 students.

The Spring 2015 enrollment fell below 8400 students.[6] This is a 30 percent loss in two years. Dr. Ellibee continues to insist that such losses are part of a national trend.[citation needed] Fall 2014 saw a drop of 4.7 percent for all Arkansas two year colleges, which the AP described as part of a national trend. Pulaski Tech had a 12.2 percent loss over the same period, more than double the state average. [7]

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