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Major Trends

Arkansas’s colleges and universities are facing ever-increasing demand for improved educational access, degree marketability and rapidly-changing classroom modalities. With tuition continuing to creep upward, more students are viewing education as a direct means to an end.

In Demand Careers

A graying population, the march of technology and a booming state economy are all contributing factors to this year’s most sought-after jobs. As in past years, degrees in the health care sector, current and emerging technologies and a myriad of trade roles are in high demand, offering graduates immediate placement and solid starting salaries. n In particular, STEM graduates are finding their services in high demand, outpacing the general economy by more than 300 percent. Demand is expected to hold steady as it is projected more than 1.3 million STEM jobs to be added nationwide over the next five years. At its current pace, experts forecast nearly one-third of STEM jobs could go unfilled by 2020.


What's New On Campus


Two new housing developments are opening this fall on the Arkansas State University campus, The Circle and Pack Place.

School-Life Balance

The National College Health Assessment reported 30 percent of college students said they experienced enough stress to negatively affect academic performance and more than 85 percent experienced feeling overwhelmed, numbers that have held steady since at least 2013. The NCHA also found 15.8 percent of students reported being diagnosed or treated for anxiety while 13.1 percent had been diagnosed or treated for depression. n Arkansas colleges have responded to the growing problem of stress on campus through a variety of outreach, campus organizations, health services and recreation to help student manage the stress of college life.


Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Gives You Choices

You’re making a lot of choices now – what classes to take, new friends, maybe even deciding on your career path.

Two-Year Schools

Arkansas’ s two-year colleges are an affordable alternative to four-year schools from both a monetary and time investment perspective. Two-year schools are also incredibly flexible in their scheduling and some even allow students to tailor a degree to a specific career interest. Which makes the recent decline in enrollment, not just in Arkansas, but for two-year schools nationwide, all the more puzzling.


Campus News

This fall, Arkansas State opens its American-style residential campus in Mexico with the first students enrolled at A-State Campus Queretaro. The $100 million campus welcomes its first students on Sept. 4, with a dedication ceremony set for Sept. 24.

Your City

Digital Education

About 5.4 million students, or one in four, took at least one distance education course during the fall of 2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics and usage has been growing ever since. Almost a million students are enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at private, for-profit institutions, 35 percent of all students enrolled solely online. Arkansas’ colleges and universities have invested heavily in online options to meet current and future demand, as illustrated on the following pages.


Financial aid experts say know your options, start early

Virtually every college or university has financial aid funds available to help students afford the high cost of a college education. As Victor Luckerson wrote for TIME Magazine Online, adhering to a few simple rules can help you maximize your aid package.


Philander Smith College

Founded in 1877 as Walden Seminary, Philander Smith College is the first historically black, four-year college in Arkansas, the first historically black college to be accredited by a regional accrediting institution and the first attempt west of the Mississippi River to make education available to freedmen.


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