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Mission, Vision, Purposes, Values, and Education Outcomes

Sunday, September 24, 2017

UA-PTC Mission

University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College is a comprehensive two-year college that serves the educational needs of central Arkansas through technical programs, a university-transfer program and specialized programs for business and industry. The College’s mission is to provide access to high quality education that promotes student learning, to enable individuals to develop to their fullest potential and to support the economic development of the state.

Vision

University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College will be Arkansas’ leading comprehensive two-year college, focused on student success and recognized regionally for excellence in workforce development and university-transfer education.

Purposes

  1. To provide technical programs for students who wish to develop competencies in specific career areas or to upgrade their skills.
  2. To provide a university-transfer program of high academic quality for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution.
  3. To support economic development in central Arkansas by providing specialized job-specific programs for business, industry, and other organizations.
  4. To provide developmental education courses for students who need basic academic skills.
  5. To provide opportunities for adult and continuing education through credit and noncredit courses designed to meet the academic, occupational, and a vocational needs of the community.
  6. To provide academic advice, library services, learning assistance, counseling, financial aid, and other services to students.
  7. To expand access to higher education through distance learning and delivery of instruction at sites accessible to students.

Values

University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College’s Values – “The Three I’s: Integrity, Improvement, and Individuality.”

UA-PTC General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Institutional Learning Outcomes

University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College facilitates the development of an informed and educated person who thinks critically and independently, understands and respects the diversity of cultures, and communicates effectively. A postsecondary education prepares students for lifelong learning in a rapidly changing society while fostering the development of responsible, ethical human beings dedicated to improving their own lives and the lives of others through work, family life, social, and service to others.

Upon completion of a degree or certificated program, successful students will be able to:

1. Analyze information from credible sources. (Information Literacy)

This may include the ability to:

  • Locate relevant information
  • Evaluate the quality and usefulness of the information
  • Synthesize the information.
  • Communicate the information in an ethical manner consistent with the standards of the field or program of study.

2. Appropriately apply a variety of technology tools within one’s discipline. (Technology Literacy)

This may include the ability to:

  • Acquire information,
  • Solve problems,
  • Communicate, and/or
  • Perform tasks and processes.

3. Communicate effectively with diverse audiences in multiple contexts. (Communication)

This may include the ability to:

  • Develop, organize, and present orally well-supported and ideas formally and informally with consideration of target audience and context.
  • Develop, organize, and present in written format well-supported ideas formally and informally with consideration of target audience and context.
  • Clearly express ideas, information, and concepts in various modes and media, including the proper use of appropriate technology.
  • Select and utilize means of communication appropriate for a variety of professional, civic, and social circumstances and environments.
  • Consider diverse audiences in multiple contexts.

4. Apply critical thinking skills to achieve a desired goal. (Critical Thinking)

This may include the ability to:

  • Apply appropriate methods to solve problems or address issues.
  • Use evidence to justify conclusions.

5. Use quantitative methods to solve problems. (Quantitative Reasoning)

This may include the ability to:

  • Analyze and interpret quantitative information.
  • Apply quantitative concepts and skills to solve real world problems.

6. Demonstrate awareness of cultural differences. (Cultural Awareness)

This may include the ability to:

  • Explain how similar actions can be understood differently depending on cultural context.
  • Evaluate the impact of culture on individuals and groups.

7. Demonstrate career readiness skills. (Professionalism)

This may include the ability to:

  • Demonstrate personal accountability.
  • Meet commitments.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior.
  • Demonstrate teamwork.