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UA System Board approves UA – Pulaski Tech 2023-26 Strategic Plan

UA System Board approves UA – Pulaski Tech 2023-26 Strategic Plan

November 17, 2023

The new 2023 – 2026 University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College (UA-PTC) Strategic Plan was approved by the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas at its Nov. 15-16 regularly scheduled meetings in Fort Smith.

The plan centers around the following three strategic goals, all of which relate directly to the two-year college’s mission, which has remained consistent:

University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College provides access to high quality education that promotes student learning and enables individuals to develop to their fullest potential.

  • GOAL 1: Student Recruitment and Persistence: UA-PTC will develop effective recruitment and persistence strategies that remove barriers to student success.
  • GOAL 2: Community Engagement and Partnerships: UA-PTC will build and maintain strategic partnerships to increase visibility and collaboration benefiting our community and region.
  • GOAL 3: Employee Esprit de Corps: UA-PTC will foster a culture that encourages employee growth, belonging, and pride in connection with our shared mission and vision.

These goals have specific metrics and key performance indicators that guide an implementation framework of tactical objectives for different college divisions. The plan is posted in its entirety at the following link:

“Higher education as a whole is on the cusp of a transformation that demands two-year colleges to be a part of their communities and to understand the necessary means to advance economies and to adapt to meet those training needs,” said Col. Nathaniel “Nate” Todd, a trustee of the University of Arkansas. “I believe that an institution that is tapped into a community’s workforce needs and growth opportunities can make amazing things happen. Dr. DeProw and her team understand the UA-PTC mission and its impact on the economy, prosperity and quality of life in central Arkansas. I congratulate this vision to make these things a priority moving into the future.”

The plan is the product of a lengthy process of listening, information gathering, analysis, and creative endeavor that has resulted in a positive, workable way forward for UA-PTC.

The following faculty, staff, and administrators provided leadership for writing the plan:

  • Michelle Anderson, Dean of Student Life and Wellness
  • David Carpenter, Faculty and Department Chair, Fine Arts
  • Dr. Summer DeProw, Chancellor
  • Rita Fleming, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
  • Wayne Floyd, Chief Information Officer
  • Michele Grainger, Associate Vice Chancellor of Advancement
  • Robert Hall, Faculty and Quality Matters Online Teaching Lead
  • Kiki Heintz, Faculty and Excellence in Teaching Lead
  • Ashley Henry-Saorrono, Registrar and 2022-2023 Staff Senate President
  • Dr. Ana Hunt, Provost
  • Jenn Hutson, Director of Institutional Research
  • Talayia Johnson, Dean of Science, Math, and Allied Health
  • Weeda Jones, Faculty and Program Director, Dental Assisting
  • Dr. Angela Kremers, Dean of Technical and Professional Studies
  • Dr. George Lauster, Faculty and Committee on Faculty Involvement Chair
  • Dr. John Lewis, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Life
  • Mike McMillan, Faculty and 2022-2023 Faculty Senate President
  • Dr. Richard Moss, Dean of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Sarah Osborne, Facilities Operations Manager
  • Lennon Parker, Webmaster
  • Kate Terrell, Faculty

“I am proud to lead this group of dedicated professionals,” said Dr. Summer DeProw, UA-PTC Chancellor. “The students at UA – Pulaski Tech are fortunate to attend an institution whose employees demonstrate their commitment to student success on a daily basis. This plan will guide that commitment in practical, measurable ways that will benefit our community for years to come.”

UA - Pulaski Tech provides convenient, affordable college curriculum, including university-transfer degrees, workforce training, and economic development initiatives in business and industry. The college offers associate of arts and science degree options, including programs in allied health and human services, aerospace technology, business, culinary arts, information technology, technical sciences, as well as continuing education and community services. The college awards Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees to graduates of the university-transfer program, as well as Associate of Applied Science degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency.

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