According to a recent report from the Arkansas Division of Higher Education, about 73 percent of the 687 Arkansas community college transfers to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in the 2018-2019 academic year, transferred from Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville.
In May, the University of Arkansas took steps toward establishing a transfer pipeline, offering major scholarship help to graduates of the seven community colleges within the University of Arkansas System, including UA – Rich Mountain.
UA Chancellor Joe Steinmetz announced the new scholarship while delivering the May commencement address at UA – Rich Mountain. Steinmetz said the university is “committed to the UA System transfer program for the long term.”
However, the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville is currently trying to determine what costs the scholarship will add up to for the campus. Steinmetz said, “We’re using the University of Arkansas System schools as a pilot program because we don’t know, and really can’t predict, the number of students that might take advantage of this transfer scholarship.”
The seven UA System community colleges are: Pulaski Tech, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana, University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas, University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton and the University of Arkansas Community College at Rich Mountain.
“I just hope it has the effect we’re looking for, and that is to get more students with four-year degrees in the state of Arkansas,” Steinmetz said.