Texas A&M University–Texarkana

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Texas A&M University–Texarkana
Texas A&M University–Texarkana seal.png
Type Public university
Established 1971
President Emily F. Cutrer
Provost Rosanne Stripling
Academic staff
132
Students 1,865 (Fall 2014)
Location Texarkana, Texas, United States
Athletics NAIA
Association of Independent Institutions
Nickname Eagles
Website www.tamut.edu

Texas A&M University–Texarkana, also known as Texarkana A&M, is a public university located in Texarkana, Texas, United States. It is one of the newest members of The Texas A&M University System. It also has the smallest student body out of the 11 universities within the A&M system and also the smallest public university in the state of Texas.

Texarkana A&M was first established as an upper-level center of Commerce, Texas based East Texas State University in 1971. The university received separate accreditation in 1980, and in September 1996 (when ETSU joined the Texas A&M System as Texas A&M University–Commerce), the Texarkana branch became a separate institution from the Commerce campus.

Texarkana A&M is a comprehensive regional residential institution dedicated to offering career-oriented studies, awarding undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in the areas of business administration, arts and sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics and education. Students who reside in Oklahoma and Arkansas attend at in-state tuition rates, and historically 30 percent of the student body is from Arkansas. Louisiana residents who reside in a parish that borders Texas may also attend at in-state tuition rates.

University overview[edit]

Texas A&M University–Texarkana campus

Texas A&M University–Texarkana is a comprehensive regional university committed to Academic Excellence, Student Success and Community Leadership by shaping the leaders of tomorrow with a high-quality, rewarding and affordable educational experience. As a member of The Texas A&M University System, one of the largest and most distinguished higher education systems in the nation, A&M-Texarkana provides students with a world-class degree in a family atmosphere known as a community of higher education.

Transforming from a two-year upper division institution to a comprehensive university in 2010 was a historic milestone, and the faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters rallied together to ensure that A&M-Texarkana remained not only a regional leader in higher education but has become an international destination campus.

Eagle Athletics couldn’t have had a better year in 2014-15, with successful records for the new women’s soccer and men’s and women’s tennis teams. Looking toward the future with Eagle Athletics, the campus and Texarkana communities anxiously await the beginning of Eagle baseball in spring 2016.

During the 2015-16 academic year and beyond, A&M-Texarkana plans to continually evaluate its programs in relation to national standards and practices, and innovate and adapt in order to continuously improve performance. As a success-oriented university, A&M-Texarkana provides an experience that engages students in the learning process both inside and outside the classroom, fostering persistence, graduation and lifelong learning that will ultimately benefit the economic development of Texarkana and the surrounding region. Estimated impact on the local economy is $64.2 million given the current enrollment of almost 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

College of Education and Liberal Arts

  • Education[1]
  • English
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Mass Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Applied Arts and Sciences
  • General Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

College of Business

  • Business Administration
  • Business Administration with concentration in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, or Management Information Systems
  • Master of Business Administration (traditional and online)

College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Nursing

In January 2015, the university opened the STEM College Innovation Lab, which is a research environment available to all faculty and students to encourage research and learning across disciplines. Students have the opportunity to learn by doing, not just from textbooks, and that makes them better prepared for real-world opportunities after graduation. The university maintains active dual-admissions agreements with many of the community colleges in the region, including Texarkana College in Texarkana, Texas, Northeast Texas Community College at Mt. Pleasant, Texas, Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas, and the University of Arkansas Community College at Texarkana, Arkansas.

Facilities[edit]

The University Center and the Science & Technology Building at A&M-Texarkana
The A&M-Texarkana campus

A&M-Texarkana is uniquely positioned to serve a four-state area, contributing to the region's dynamic and diverse culture and resources. The Texarkana metropolitan area is located only one hour from Shreveport, Louisiana, two hours from Little Rock, Arkansas, and a little less than three hours away from Dallas, Texas.

For many years, the university shared the same campus with Texarkana College. In 2004, the university acquired 375 acres of land as a gift from the City of Texarkana, Texas (300 acres), and the Anita and Truman Arnold Foundation (75 acres). The university received funding from the Texas Legislature for construction of buildings at the new campus near Bringle Lake in Texarkana, Texas.

Construction of the new campus began in 2006. To date, four buildings have been built: Science & Technology, University Center, Central Plant and Bringle Lake Village. Bringle Lake Village is a 294-bed furnished residence hall that features many amenities, including an in-ground swimming pool, sand-volleyball court and fitness center. Students have three floor plans from which to choose.

In spring 2015, the Texas Legislature appropriated $32 million for another academic complex on the A&M-Texarkana campus. The new building will house additional classrooms, laboratories and office spaces. Construction is expected to be completed in 2017.

Future plans include the construction of the Eagle Community Center, a student engagement and wellness center that will house recreational sports, collegiate athletics, and spaces for group and individual study.

The university offers one of the lowest university tuition rates in the state and has the distinction of being a member of the world-renowned Texas A&M University System. The university is the second fastest growing institution in the state and has received strong community support.[citation needed]

Athletics[edit]

A&M-Texarkana participates in the NAIA as an independent non-football member and an affiliate of the Association of Independent Institutions. The school mascot is the eagle.

A&M-Texarkana participates in the following sports: tennis (men's and women's), baseball (men's), and soccer (women's).

In its second year of competition (and first year of eligibility) the Eagles women's soccer team qualified for post-season play as the AII #5 seed.[2] In their first-ever post-season appearance the Eagles would defeat #4 seed Fisher College 7-1 [3] before falling 3-2 to #1 seed Ashford University in their next game.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

Student Life[edit]

Student organizations play an important role in campus life at A&M-Texarkana. Throughout the year, the organizations sponsor a variety of extra- and co-curricular activities for the campus and local community. In addition, student organizations provide a means for students to develop and refine leadership skills and to interact and network with students, faculty and staff. There are over 30 recognized student organizations at A&M-Texarkana in six distinguished categories:

Student Governing Organizations

  • Campus Activities Board
  • Greek Council
  • Residence Hall Association
  • Student Government Association
  • Student Organizations Council

National Honorary Societies

Greek Fraternities/Sororities

Departmental

  • Accounting Club
  • Drama Club
  • Future Teachers Association
  • S.T.E.M. Club
  • Mass Communication Club
  • NTCC Education Club
  • Pre-Health Professional Society
  • Psychology Club
  • Sociology Club
  • University Historians

Special Interest

  • Fishing Club
  • Golf Club
  • Multicultural Association
  • Student Competitive Academics
  • Student Veterans Association
  • Spectrum
  • Table Top Gamers

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Texas A&M University–Texarkana at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 33°29′28″N 94°05′48″W / 33.4911°N 94.0967°W / 33.4911; -94.0967