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Mission Statement

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is an accredited, open access, two-year institution of higher education that connects students and community partners to quality education and supports a culture of academic, occupational, personal growth and enrichment programs throughout Southwest Arkansas.

Vision and Values Statement

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope envisions itself as a twenty-first century model community college. To make our vision a reality, UACCH will reach beyond traditional boundaries so that students can overcome obstacles, achieve dreams and reach their full potential. We will empower a network of diverse and committed individuals to work creatively and collaboratively toward shared principles and the common goal of student success. Our learning environments will be nurturing, accepting, personalized and student-focused. We will vow to the community that we serve to always be attentive to our mission, cohesive in our approach and responsive to changing needs.

As a commitment to our mission and in order to pursue our vision the following core values will serve as the bridge to our future:

Student-focused
The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope values students. We are student focused in all that we do and highly committed to reaching beyond boundaries to make positive change in the lives of our students. The college fosters individual growth, encourages personal success and provides educational opportunities in an effort to empower students to lead productive and prosperous lives and achieve their full potential.

Diversity
The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope values diversity. We are a dynamic community of unique and diverse individuals with shared principles and common goals. The college is a cohesive network that works to create a nurturing, accepting and personalized campus that meets the needs of individual students as they strive to overcome obstacles and make their dreams come true.

Versatility
The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope values versatility. We provide opportunity to the populace in southwest Arkansas through the collaborative efforts of a dedicated administration, faculty and staff. The college is steadfast in its labors to provide quality programs with high educational standards and unwavering in its efforts to train future workforces, to educate individual students and to be responsive to changing societal needs.

Quality
The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope values quality. We are success oriented. College employees are hard working, devoted individuals who are committed to providing quality education and who stand united and are connected through their efforts to make a difference.

Community
The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope values community. We are a public institution with a personal touch. The college thrives on community involvement, is responsive to community needs and seeks overall prosperity through collaborative and cooperative ventures that expand opportunities for area residents.

General Education Statement

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope’s general education curriculum is one through which students obtain the depth and breadth of knowledge and the skills and attitudes required for living and working in the diverse and technological society of the 21st century. The general education curriculum is the primary way students demonstrate their ability to think, reason, compute, communicate, understand, and pursue a life of learning and adaptation. The general education curriculum is required in all Associate degrees and Technical Certificates.

The faculty and staff agree, through a body of courses and educational experiences, to enrich students’ lives and serve as an example of life-long learning. In addition, their educational experience should expose students to the importance of academic integrity, the value of a positive attitude and common courtesy, and the necessity of professionalism. Such qualities are the foundations upon which individuals build lives of independence, significance, and value.

With the General Education Statement in mind, the faculty and staff of UACCH adopt the following statements as evidence of common knowledge and intellectual concepts that every educated person should have and be able to express:

  1. Independent and clear communication of thoughts, views, issues, and ideas demonstrated through speaking, writing, listening, and reading;
  2. Reasoned conclusions through the use of mathematical and scientific concepts and principles, and demonstrated use of basic computer skills and the utilization of technology to acquire and process information;
  3. A broad knowledge and understanding of human culture through history, government, wellness, the humanities, and the fine arts; and
  4. An understanding of the interconnections of knowledge and the methods of learning through collaboration and the use of analytical and critical thinking skills.

History

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is located on Arkansas Highway 29, at the southern city limits of Hope, Arkansas. Hope is 30 miles east of Texarkana and 110 miles southwest of Little Rock.

The College is located on a 72-acre site originally obtained by the citizens of the area for Red River Vocational-Technical School, which was established in 1965. Red River operated as a vocational-technical school until June 30, 1991.

On July 1, 1991, Red River Vocational-Technical School officially became Red River Technical College and operated under the guidelines of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

In 1995, the Arkansas Legislature passed an act that provided for the merger of state two-year colleges and universities. On March 5, 1996, the citizens of Hempstead County approved a 1/4-cent sales tax to support the expansion of the College. On July 1, 1996, Red River Technical College became a division of the University of Arkansas System and was renamed the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope.

In 2012, the College expanded its operation to include an instructional facility in Texarkana, Arkansas. The UACCH-Texarkana instructional site encompasses 22 acres.

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