Pulaski Tech merger with UA System becomes official|
Official UA-PTC Merger News Release
A Letter from the
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:
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
- 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 (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
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.”
Dr. Margaret Ellibee