College Vision

South Arkansas Community College will strive to be the leading resource for accessible education, workforce training, partnerships and economic development for our region.

College Mission

South Arkansas Community College promotes excellence in learning, teaching, and service; provides lifelong educational opportunities; and serves as a cultural, intellectual, and economic resource for the community.

College Core Values

The college has identified six values statements that serve as guiding principles in fulfilling the Mission Statement.

1. Excellence in Education
We are committed to providing students access to a highly competent, innovative, and supportive faculty and staff; modern facilities equipped with current technology; and high-quality academic and occupational programs.

2. Student Learning
We are committed to providing support, respect, and encouragement, thereby enabling students to achieve their educational goals and develop skills for lifelong learning.

3. Contribution to the Community
We strive to serve the academic, occupational, and enrichment needs of the community; enhance its quality of life; and support economic development in South Arkansas.

4. Quality of Work Environment
Recognizing that everyone contributes to the learning process, we value each member of our college community; foster respect, trust, and support among faculty, staff, and students; encourage responsible, creative risk-taking and innovation; and recognize and reward exceptional performance and integrity.

5. Respect for Diversity
Believing that everyone should have an opportunity to learn and succeed, we value intellectual and cultural diversity in the classroom, in the workplace, and in the community.

6. Commitment to Accountability
We are committed to continuous evaluation of our institution to address the needs of the present and to meet the challenges of the future.

Process and Participation

March: Survey of community, students, faculty, staff, and SouthArk Board of Trustees
April: Meeting with consultant Ken Hubbell to brainstorm and discuss goals and objectives for the future of SouthArk (Planning Council, deans & directors, cabinet, HLC criteria chairs)
June: Initial strategic initiatives presented at the SouthArk Board of Trustees meeting
July: Planning Council Retreat to define initiatives and brainstorm outcomes based on the notes from the April retreat and proposed strategic initiatives reviewed at the Board of Trustees annual retreat
August: Surveys sent to SouthArk personnel and the SouthArk BoT asking for feedback on the proposed strategic initiatives and proposed Strategic Initiatives voted on and approved in Planning Council; the title Transformational Journey was also approved.
September: SouthArk Board of Trustees Planning Committee met to review and discuss the proposed strategic initiatives, followed by SouthArk Board of Trustees approval of new Strategic Initiatives on September 19, 2017
October: The 2017-2022 Strategic Plan: Transformational Journey was added to the SouthArk website and the WEAVE assessment database.

The 2017-2022 Strategic Plan: Transformational Journey was developed with input from the following:

Steve Cousins

  Board Chair

Veronica Creer

  Board Vice-Chair

Patty Cardin

  Board Secretary

Jose Covas

  Board of Trustees

Dr. Kermit Parks

  Board of Trustees

Tasha Sinclair

  Board of Trustees

Gary Griffis

  Board of Trustees

Melissa Jerry

  Board of Trustees

Kerri Brown

  Board of Trustees

Dr. Barbara Jones

  SouthArk President

Dr. James Bullock

  Vice President for Student Services

Carey Tucker

  Vice President for Finance and Administration

Dr. Mickey Best

  Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Stephanie Tully-Dartez

  Chief Institutional Effectiveness & Advancement Officer

Dr. Tim Kirk

  Associate Vice President for Administration

Jennifer Baine

  Planning Council, Liberal Arts faculty

Linda Bates

  Liberal Arts faculty

Quincie DeLoach

  Career and Technical Education faculty

Keith Everett

  Planning Council, Liberal Arts faculty

Caroline Hammond

  Dean of Health Sciences

Donna Hendricks

  Business faculty

Sherry Howard

  Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Dean Inman

  Dean of Enrollment Services

Tim Johnson

  College and Career Coach/Transfer Advisor

Ken Kelley

  Emergency Medical Technology Program Director

Dr. Carolyn Langston

  Business faculty

Valerie Lewis

  Planning Council, Business Department staff

Casey Martin

  Director of Learning Center and Testing

Cynthia Meyer

  Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director

Robert Norman

  Director of Distance Learning

Kathy Reaves

  Director of Career Pathways

Cynthia Reyna

  Director of the Foundation and Advancement

Jim Roomsburg

  Business Program chair

Philip Shackelford

  Director of the Library

Justin Small

  Physical Plant Director

Heather Smith

  Director of Student Advising Coach

Dr. John Spencer

  Liberal Arts faculty

Susan Spicher

  Planning Council, Education Program Director

Veronda Tatum

  Director of Financial Aid

Karsten Tidwell

  Career and Technical Education faculty

Kim Vaughn

  Finance Specialist

Dr. Susanne Wache

  Liberal Arts faculty

Heath Waldrop

  Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Genevieve White

  Licensed Practical Nursing Program faculty

Nancy Whitmore

  Liberal Arts faculty

Christy Wilson

  Planning Council, Liberal Arts faculty

Vanessa Williams

  Director of Student Success Services

Ray Winiecki

  Dean of Technical and Career Education

Dr. James Yates

  Dean of Liberal Arts

“When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.” 

-Howard Schultz


Transformational Journey 2017-2022
SouthArk Strategic Plan

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These strategic initiatives are aligned with the pursuit of institutional excellence at South Arkansas Community College.

Initiative: Foster student success through pathways to completion


I. Strengthen pathways for P-12 students to complete college-level work prior to high school graduation and progress to post-secondary enrollment.

II. Design efficient pathways to certificate and degree completion while guiding students through the process.

III. Grow and strengthen partnerships with other institutions to encourage certificate and degree completion leading to successful transfer.

V. Meet the educational needs of the workforce through quality programs.

Key Performance Indicators

  1. Increase the rate of college certificates and degree completion for SouthArk students.
  2. Increase on-time completion of certificates and degrees.
  3. Expand partnerships with universities through articulation agreements and 2+2 programs.
  4. Increase graduates’ employment readiness.

Why This Initiative?

The SouthArk strategic planning committee analyzed the need for clear and consistent pathways to success model that will map students from start to finish, whether to a certificate, Associate of Applied Science degree, or an Associate of Arts transfer degree. Research has shown that students are best able to maintain momentum and complete their goals if they have a clear path and end in sight. This initiative will strengthen pathways for P-16 students and will strengthen partnerships with transfer institutions and with the workforce.

 “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” -Lao-tzu


Initiative: Strengthen connections through communication and partnerships


I. Enhance SouthArk’s identity and articulate SouthArk’s vision among all stakeholders.

II. Develop and strengthen connections through partnerships and communication.

III. Serve as a recognized resource for cultural enrichment activities.}

IV. Develop and employ physical and financial resources for the continuous improvement of the college.

Key Performance Indicators

  1. Increase image perception and recognition in the region.
  2. Increase and expand partnerships with business and industry.
  3. Increase and expand partnerships with P-12 institutions.
  4. Maximize use of technology on campus.

Why This Initiative?

An institution’s strength is derived from its connections with the community, service area, employers, workforce, and partner institutions. SouthArk recognizes the need to maintain strong partnerships and to grow new connections through communication. Included in this initiative is the need to articulate SouthArk’s identity and vision to its partners and to strive for continuous improvement of the college through enhanced connections.

 “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” -Helen Keller


Initiative: Broaden a campus culture of respect and awareness of individual needs, abilities, and potential


I. Promote campus diversity.

II. Develop a campus-wide culture of community service.

III. Provide a culture of employee excellence.

Key Performance Indicators

  1. Increase offerings through a variety of college events and programs.
  2. Develop campus-wide community service initiatives.
  3. Increase employee participation in internal and external professional development opportunities.
  4. Encourage innovative educational methodology.

Why This Initiative?

SouthArk recognizes that a healthy and thriving campus life is imperative to its existence; therefore, the goal of this initiative is to promote awareness of individual needs, abilities, and potential. Expanding campus diversity among faculty, staff, and students is a focus, as is the expansion of community service among students and SouthArk personnel. This strategic initiative ties closely to connections with the community and also strives to provide a culture of employee excellence.

 “Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.” -Jawaharlal Nehru


Initiative: Enhance the student experience


I. Engage students on campus through student organizations and activities.

II. Increase student involvement in workforce opportunities.

III. Foster a campus environment that promotes student success.

IV. Increase student engagement in the community.

Key Performance Indicators

  1. Increase student organization and activity participation.
  2. Increase participation of students in internship programs and apprenticeships.
  3. Increase usage of student resources and areas.
  4. Increase student mentorship opportunities.

Why This Initiative?

SouthArk understands that by expanding and enhancing the student experience, students will make connections to the college and to the community, they will have more satisfaction in the campus cultural experience, and they will progress more quickly through their pathways to completion. Included in this initiative is the need to engage students in the on-campus life through increased participation in student events, programs, activities, and clubs. This initiative is not solely focused on the on-campus experience, however, but also on the non-traditional student experiences that make up such a large population of students in today’s community college.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

*Note: Key Performance Indicators are ongoing and will be added throughout the process.

Transformational Journey 2017-2022 SouthArk Strategic Plan (PDF)