Arkansas State University - Newport
About Arkansas State University - Newport
ASU-Newport will be the driving force that revitalizes the Delta and restores the American Dream in the communities we serve.
ASU-Newport provides an accessible, affordable, quality education that transforms the lives of our students, enriches our communities and strengthens the regional economy.
Community | Diversity | Innovation | Integrity | Student-Centeredness | Trust
Where you're going depends on where you've been.
Over the years, ASU-Newport has grown from one campus to three and now boasts enrollment exceeding 2,000 students. The milestones of our past have made us the institution we are today.
1976 - Arkansas State University-Newport (ASUN) founded as White River Vocational Technical School.
1992 - ASUN merged with Arkansas State University-Beebe to become ASU Beebe/Newport.
2000 - Arkansas Board of Higher Education approved ASUN to be its own, stand-alone campus.
2001 - ASUN hired its first Chancellor, Dr. Larry Williams.
2002 - Gift received from Arkansas Steel and Associates of $250,000 to endow cultural programs.
2002 - ASUN received initial national accreditation by Higher Learning Commission.
2002 - Jackson County residents voted to support ASUN through local sales tax
2003 - ASUN enrollment exceeds 1,000 students.
2004 - Gift received from Walton Family Foundation in the amount of $1 million, in honor of Lindley and Kaneaster Hodges Jr.
2004 - Ground broke on a Student Community Center.
2004 - The high voltage lineman technology program was created from a partnership between ASUN and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.
2005 - Named by Community College Week magazine as one of the top ten fastest-growing public two-year colleges.
2006 - Ten-year accreditation granted by Higher Learning Commission of North Central Accreditation.
2006 - First fully online degree program offered - Associate of Arts in Business.
2007 - ASUN assumed operational oversight for the technical centers in both Jonesboro and Marked Tree.
2009 - ASUN enrollment exceeds 2,000 students.
2012 - ASUN hosts "First Decade Celebration" in Newport, Marked Tree and Jonesboro.
2012 - ASUN student receives first and only Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) granted to a community college student.
2012 - $1 million gift received from Fowler Family in support of Hospitality Services program.
2013 - Dr. Sandra Massey named ASUN's second Chancellor.
2014 - ASUN becomes fifth largest community college in Arkansas in headcount enrollment.
2015 - 2500 STRONG - In Fall 2015 beat it's all-time enrollment record with 2,533 students.
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