College Transition

Early College Start

SouthArk's Early College Start Program is an opportunity for high school students to enroll in college courses to enhance their high school education and accelerate their postsecondary education. High school students who are seniors, juniors, or exceptional 10th graders may concurrently enroll for college credit courses. A student can participate in the Early College Start program either by Concurrent Enrollment or Dual Enrollment.

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent Enrollment refers to high school students completing college-level courses on their high school campuses. When students complete each course with an acceptable grade, they earn college credit and also satisfy high school graduation requirements.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment refers to classes offered to students at SouthArk outside of the regular school day and on SouthArk's campus. Students may take any SouthArk course in which they meet the skills and college course prerequisites.

Students must meet general SouthArk requirements to enroll in either program:

  • Complete a SouthArk application for admission and an ECS-Registration form. 

  • Submit a copy of their high school transcripts, immunization records, and ACT scores* to SouthArk.

  • Pay the class registration fee (if applicable).

*If ACT scores are not available or if students do not have sufficient ACT scores required for class admittance, the COMPASS test may be taken at SouthArk.

Documents and Forms

Concurrent Enrollment:

iconStudent's Guide for Concurrent Enrollment 
iconConcurrent Enrollment Faculty Handbook 
iconNon Program Master Syllabi    

Registration Forms:

iconSouthArk Application for Admissions
iconECS-Registration Form 
iconECS Payment Form

 Transcript Request Forms to Send Transcripts from your high school to SouthArk:

iconEHS Transcript Request 
iconHermitage Transcript Request 
iconPCHS Transcript Request 
iconSmackover Transcript Request 
iconNorphlet TranscriptRequest 
iconWest Side Transcript Request 

Need to schedule the COMPASS? Contact The Testing Center.

Concurrent Information:

iconSouthArk Resources
iconEmail and Library Directions
iconID Uses
iconAttendance and Dropping Courses
iconDefinitions and Terms

Concurrent In-Semester Forms:

iconDrop / Add / Withdrawal Form

Need a Tutor? Contact The Learning Center.

After High School Graduation:

iconSouthArk Transcript Request

For transfer information, click here

Study at SouthArk and Save!

Students routinely devote their first two years in college to completing the core curriculum before moving into studies in their selected major. You can complete your entire core curriculum at SouthArk and then transfer the entire block to any public four-year college or university.

Policies and Procedures

Early College Start students are required to follow all SouthArk policies and procedures with regard to conduct and academic standards and to abide by SouthArk's Student Rights and Responsibilities as found in the College Catalog. Some policies and procedures that may affect you are:

Information disclosure
You are covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which prohibits SouthArk from disclosing information to anyone, including parents, without your written consent.

Required attendance
You are required to abide by SouthArk's Attendance Policy, as outlined in SouthArk's Student Handbook. Failure to abide by this policy could result in your being dropped from a class with a grade of "F" or "WE."

Withdrawing from class
You may withdraw from a SouthArk class after the semester has started, but you must do so with permission from your high school counselor. Withdrawing from a class could result in a class schedule change for you on your high school campus. Following approval from your high school guidance counselor, you must also officially withdraw from SouthArk following the guidelines in the Student Handbook. Students who fail to officially withdraw will receive a failing or incomplete grade in the course on their college transcript.

Class Attendance Policy
Students are expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled. If a student is absent from a class session, it is the student's responsibility to make arrangements to complete or make up any work missed. No makeup work for missed classes will be allowed without the approval of the instructor. Students who enroll late must assume all responsibility for work missed. Classes not attended as a result of late enrollment may be counted as excessive absences. Students not attending the entire class period may be counted absent for that period.

An instructor may drop students with a grade of "F" or "WE" if students have been absent for an excessive number of days. Warning letters will be sent to the students advising them of the consequences of non-attendance and urging them to contact their instructors immediately. Excessive absences are defined as follows:

Scheduled Absences
Scheduled absences are those that occur because of college-related activities or as a result of summons to jury duty or military duty. Classes missed as the result of scheduled absences will not be counted as excessive absences. Makeup work for scheduled absences will be at the discretion of the instructor.

Withdrawal for Excessive Absences
Instructors initiate a withdrawal for excessive absences by notifying the appropriate Dean that a student has excessive absences in a class. The Dean notifies that student of the consequences of not attending class and urges him/her to contact his/her instructor immediately. If the student does not contact his/her instructor within one week, the instructor may notify the Registrar that the student is to be withdrawn from the class because of excessive absences and is to be assigned a grade of "WE" in accordance with South Arkansas Community College's attendance policy. The instructor may not readmit students who have been dropped from class because of excessive absences to class.

Academic Honesty Policy
Students enrolled at South Arkansas Community College are expected at all times to uphold standards of honesty. Students are expected to perform honestly and to work in every way possible to eliminate academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty includes cheating and plagiarism, which are defined as follows:

Cheating is an attempt to deceive the instructor in his/her effort to evaluate fairly an academic exercise. Cheating includes copying another student's homework, class work, or required project (in whole or in part) and/or presenting another's work as the student's own. Cheating also includes giving, receiving, offering and/or soliciting information on a quiz, test or examination.

Plagiarism is the copying of any published work such as books, magazines, audiovisual programs, electronic media, and films or copying the theme or manuscript of another student. It is plagiarism when one uses direct quotations without proper credit or when one uses the ideas of another without giving proper credit. When three or more consecutive words are borrowed, the borrowing should be recognized by the use of quotation marks and proper parenthetical and bibliographic notations.

If upon investigation the instructor determines that the student is guilty of cheating or plagiarism, the following penalties will apply:

  • The student will receive a penalty of no less than a zero on the work in question.

  • The instructor will submit a written report of the incident to the VPAA/SS.

  • The VPAA/SS will determine whether further disciplinary action will be taken.

Changing a Schedule/ Dropping and Adding Courses
Courses may be added until the last day of late registration as shown in the academic calendar. Students cannot add courses after the sixth day of the semester. Courses that are dropped on or before the eleventh class day are not recorded on the student's permanent record. After the eleventh day, students who drop from class will receive a grade of "W" unless previously administratively withdrawn because of excessive absences. The last day to drop a class is during the week preceding final exams. The specific date for each term is published in the academic calendar.

To add a course in person, the student must:

  • Complete an add/drop/withdrawal form

  • Obtain the faculty advisor's signature

  • Turn in the completed form to the Enrollment Services Office

  • Pay additional tuition or fees, if required

To drop a course in person after the start of classes, the student must:

  • Complete an add/drop/withdrawal form

  • Obtain the instructor's signature (after 11th class day)

  • Obtain the faculty advisor's signature

  • Obtain Financial Aid Officer's signature

  • Obtain Business Officer's signature and pay drop fee

  • Turn in the completed form to the Enrollment Services Office

  • Retain pink copy for future reference.

Important Dates

College Transition Calendar

August 2014  
 Aug 1  Paperwork and payments due for Fall concurrent classes
 Aug 8 Deadline to apply for the Sept 13 ACT
 Aug 25  SouthArk Classes Begin
 Aug 27  Last day of late registration or to add a class with counselor permission
September 2014  
Sept 1 Labor Day Holiday, college closed
Sept 3 "I am Promise-ing" Meeting
Sept 13 ACT
Sept 19 Deadline to Apply for Oct 25th ACT
October 2014  
Oct 15 Last Day to apply for December Graduation
Oct 21 Union County College Night
Oct 25 ACT
November 2014  
Nov 7 Deadline to Apply for December 13 ACT
Nov 20 Last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of “W”
Nov 21 Concurrent Information for Spring will be mailed
Nov 26-28 Thanksgiving Holiday, no classes
Nov 27-28 Thanksgiving Holiday, campus closed
December 2014  
Dec 4 Last day of classes; SouthArk
Dec 8-11 SouthArk Final Exams
Dec 12 Semester Ends, grades due
Dec 13 ACT
Dec 18 Commencement
January 2015  
Jan 5 Paperwork and payments due for Spring concurrent classes
Jan 9 Deadline to Apply for Feb 7 ACT
Jan 14 SouthArk Classes Begin
Jan 16 Last day of late registration or to add a class with counselor’s permission
Jan 19 Martin Luther King Holiday, college closed
February 2015  
Feb 7 ACT
Feb 21 AAFFD & Financial Aid Workshop
March 2015  
Mar 12  Last day to apply for May Graduation
Mar 13  Deadline to Apply for April 18 ACT
Mar 18  Transfer Fair
Mar 23-27  Spring Break, no classes 
Mar 27  Spring Break, campus closed
April 2015  
Apr 15 Last day to withdraw from a course with a grade of "W"
Apr 18 ACT
Apr 30 Last day of SouthArk classes
May 2015  
May 4 - May 7 SouthArk Final Exams
May 8 Semester Ends, grades due
May 8 Deadline to Apply for June 13 ACT
May 15 Commencement



College Transition Staff

   Tim Johnson
   College & Career Coach/Transfer Advisor

   Contact Information:
   Phone: 870.864.8416
   Email:TRJohnson (at) southark.edu

   Office Location:
   West Campus
   El Dorado Conference/Student Center
   Room 241

Transfer Information

Transferability of General Education Credits

SouthArk’s Admissions Office serves as a resource for students who are planning to transfer and provides information and a current list of colleges and universities accepting SouthArk credits in transfers. Most colleges and universities accept transfer credits from SouthArk; however, the acceptance of transfer credit is the prerogative of the receiving institution. Students should obtain assurances in advance from the institution to which they wish to transfer.

Students may link to the Transfer Center Calendar to see a schedule of visits from four-year institutions and other transfer general information. Students may link to the ACTS system to obtain information about the transferability of courses within Arkansas public colleges and universities.

Transfer and 2+2 guides for Prospective Transfer from SouthArk to:

Transfer guides list lower division courses students may take at South Arkansas Community College that transfer to a four-year institution.

2+2 guides are similar to a degree plan. They identify required lower-division courses a student can take at South Arkansas Community College and upper division courses to take at the four-year institution in order to fulfill requirements for a specific major or bachelor’s degree.

Southern Arkansas University

Henderson State University (HSU)

University of Louisiana
at Monroe (ULM)

University of Arkansas
at Monticello (UAM)

Louisiana Tech University
(LA Tech)



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