Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas
Joined system: 1996
At a Glance
The first community college established in Arkansas, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) is a multi-campus, two-year college serving Eastern Arkansas. Since its inception in 1964, the college has grown from an original enrollment of fewer than 250 students in 14 program areas to over 2,300 students in academic, occupational/technical and continuing education programs and offers 25 associate degree programs. PCCUA has campuses in DeWitt, Helena-W. Helena and Stuttgart.
Points of Pride
- Because of an effort to increase course success, persistence and graduations rates, PCCUA recently received recognition in the Leah Meyer Austin Institutional Student Success Leadership competition for its reinvented approach to teaching. The college increased its course success rates from 57 percent for the 2004-06 cohorts to 78 percent for the 2010 cohort.
- One of two Arkansas colleges receiving Achieving the Dream Leader College status, PCCUA has effectively used this recognition to restructure its service to students and was commended for responding to this issue by engaging employees in group reading discussions concerning racism and poverty.
- The PCCUA-Stuttgart Grand Prairie Center (GPC) just began its second performance series, which will feature opportunities for some of the artists to reach out to younger audiences with free shows for school children and special workshops and opportunities for some of the artists to connect with the community.