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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 of today, Feb. 1, 2017, we are officially a member of the University of Arkansas System.

On Monday, Gov. Hutchinson signed Act 71 of 2017 that specifies the role of technical college boards following a merger with a university or system. The legislation clarifies that boards of trustees of technical colleges become boards of visitors with continued gubernatorial appointment following a merger. The Senate and House both approved the legislation in the past two weeks.

The Higher Learning Commission also approved our changes with an effective Feb. 1 start date. Our new name is University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College, or UA – Pulaski Tech, or UA-PTC for short. You will see our new logo appearing on campus and elsewhere as we begin our rebranding effort.

This merger has been an ongoing process for almost a year. Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System, invited us to join the UA System in March 2016. Our PTC Board of Trustees voted unanimously on May 11, 2016, to align with the UA System, and 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.

Since then, we have been working with the University of Arkansas System to align all of our policies with theirs, and that work will continue this spring.

Both Pulaski Tech and the UA System will benefit from this partnership and ultimately, the students we serve will reap tremendous benefits. In total, it leads to a more relevant and substantive educational experience for students.

Some of what we expect:

  1. 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..
  2. Greater opportunity and ease of transfer from UA-PTC to other four-year UA System universities for our students.
  3. Exciting partnerships that will bring new programs to UA-PTC, such as the new medical programs (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.
  4. Collaborations with E-Versity will allow UA-PTC to strengthen and improve our online learning infrastructure in innovative ways.
  5. Greater options for professional learning and networking options for our faculty and staff.
  6. 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.

Please join me for a campus-wide celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 12-2 p.m. in the Campus Center Grand Hall as we celebrate this historic milestone in the history of our college and a future that is “brighter than ever.”

Sincerely,

Dr. Margaret Ellibee
Chancellor

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