ASU-Newport is closed today in observance of Independence Day. We will re-open Monday, July 6 at 7am
ASU-Newport is closed today in observance of Independence Day. We will re-open Monday, July 6 at 7am

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History & Mission

Vision

ASU-Newport will be the driving force that revitalizes the Delta and restores the American Dream in the communities we serve. 

Mission

ASU-Newport provides an accessible, affordable, quality education that transforms the lives of our students, enriches our communities and strengthens the regional economy. 

Values

  • Community

  • Diversity

  • Innovation

  • Integrity

  • Student-Centeredness

  • Trust

Where you're going depends on where you've been. 

Over the years, ASU-Newport has grown from one campus to three and now boasts enrollment exceeding 2,000 students. The milestones of our past have made us the institution we are today.  

1976 - Arkansas State University-Newport (ASUN) founded as White River Vocational Technical School.

1992 - ASUN merged with Arkansas State University-Beebe to become ASU Beebe/Newport. 

2000 - Arkansas Board of Higher Education approved ASUN to be its own, stand-alone campus.

2001 - ASUN hired its first Chancellor, Dr. Larry Williams.

2002 - Gift received from Arkansas Steel and Associates of $250,000 to endow cultural programs.

2002 - ASUN received initial national accreditation by Higher Learning Commission. 

2002 - Jackson County residents voted to support ASUN through local sales tax

2003 - ASUN enrollment exceeds 1,000 students.

2004 - Gift received from Walton Family Foundation in the amount of $1 million, in honor of Lindley and Kaneaster Hodges Jr.

2004 - Ground broke on a Student Community Center.

2004 - The high voltage lineman technology program was created from a partnership between ASUN and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.

2005 - Named by Community College Week magazine as one of the top ten fastest-growing public two-year colleges.

2006 - Ten-year accreditation granted by Higher Learning Commission of North Central Accreditation.

2006 - First fully online degree program offered - Associate of Arts in Business.

2007 - ASUN assumed operational oversight for the technical centers in both Jonesboro and Marked Tree.

2009 - ASUN enrollment exceeds 2,000 students.

2011 - The ASUN System boasted an enrollment of 2,005 students.

2012 - ASUN hosts "First Decade Celebration" in Newport, Marked Tree and Jonesboro. 

2012 - ASUN student receives first and only Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) granted to a community college student.

2012 - $1 million gift received from Fowler Family in support of Hospitality Services program.

2013 - Dr. Sandra Massey named ASUN's second Chancellor.

2014 - ASUN sets all-time enrollment record in Fall, with 2,494 students, becomes fifth largest community college in Arkansas in headcount enrollment.