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Pulaski Tech merger with UA System becomes official

Dr. Margaret Ellibee

Official UA-PTC Merger News Release

A Letter from the Chancellor:

Dear Friends,

It is official! I’m pleased to share with you the news that as Feb. 1, 2017, we are officially a member of the University of Arkansas System. Our new name is University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College, or UA – Pulaski Tech, or UA-PTC for short.

This merger has been an ongoing process since March 2016. Our PTC Board of Trustees voted unanimously on May 11, 2016, to accept the invitation to join the University of Arkansas System extended by Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt, president of the UA System. The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees voted unanimously on May 26, 2016, to accept PTC as the sixth two-year school to join the U of A System. The merger was finalized by approval from the Higher Learning Commission, Arkansas State Legislature, and Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Both UA-PTC and the UA System will benefit from this partnership and ultimately, the students we serve will reap tremendous benefits. In total, it will continue to add relevance and quality to educational experience for students.

Some of what we expect:

  • Students from this institution will graduate with a diploma that proclaims the affiliation with the University of Arkansas tradition of excellence. The name recognition and public awareness of the UA “brand” will add an extra dimension of excellence for our community.
  • Greater opportunity and ease of transfer from UA-PTC to other four-year UA System universities for our students.
  • Exciting partnerships that will bring new programs to UA-PTC, such as the new medical programs (e.g., EMT, Paramedic, and Surgery Tech) that are currently under development. The synergy between UA-PTC, UA Little Rock and UAMS will work to benefit the entire state.
  • Collaborations with E-Versity will allow UA-PTC to strengthen and improve our online learning infrastructure in innovative ways.
  • Greater options for professional learning and networking options for our faculty and staff.
  • Cost savings through economies of scale for items such as employee health insurance and instructional technology. For the first time, the college will offer - and pay for - short-term disability, following in the footsteps of the University of Arkansas Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
  • The brilliant minds, good hearts and hard work of the faculty and staff at UA – Pulaski Tech change our students’ lives in profound ways. Through this change, we will continue to work together to fulfill the mission of this college.

Since 1941, this institution has evolved in innovative ways to serve the citizens of central Arkansas. While our name has changed, our mission to serve our community’s educational needs through technical programs, a university-transfer program and specialized programs for business and industry remains. Please join me in celebrating this historic milestone in the history of our college. Our future is truly “brighter than ever.”


Dr. Margaret Ellibee


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