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

On March 4 and 5 of 2010, the strategic planning committee comprised of SouthArk faculty, staff, board members, in addition to community leaders met at the Work Force Development building on SouthArk’s East Campus. Snapshot reports on the state of the College’s enrolment, academics, and financial status as well as the state of the region were provided to the participating members. The day and a half retreat consisted of large and small group activities which allowed the committee to hone in on the current and emerging needs of the college and the community. Subsequent roundtable discussions with students further solidified the ideas drawn from the retreat. From all of these sessions, the enclosed strategic initiatives were created to frame a five year plan for SouthArk.

The 2011-2016 Strategic Plan was developed with input from the following:

Sherrel Johnson Board member
Steve Cousins Board member
Don Wales Chamber of commerce
Dr. Tim Kirk Chief Information Officer
Keitha Griffith Community leader
Heath Waldrop Coordinator of Marketing & Communications
Jim Roomsburg Dean of Business & Tech Ed
Dean Inman Dean of Enrollment Services
Dr. George Roberts Dean of Health and Natural Sciences
Phillip Ballard Dean of Liberal Arts
Patricia Bates Director of Adult Ed
Christy D Wilson Director of College Transition
Lynda Richardson Director of Corporate & Community Ed
Terry Patterson Director of Distance Learning
Ken Kelley Director of EMT Program
Veronda Tatum Director of Financial Aid
Cynthia Reyna Director of Institutional Advancement and SouthArk Foundation
Dr. Stephanie Tully-Dartez Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research
Casey Martin Director of Learning Center
Sandra Pugh Director of OTA program
Tom Posey Director of Physical Plant
Nita Green Director of Practical & Registered Nursing
Dr. Jennifer Parks Director of PTA Program
Mark Nelson Director of RT Program
Elizabeth Dugal Director of Student Support Services
Keitha Davidson Director of Surgical Tech
Francis Kuykendall Director of the Library
Debra Mock Director of Upward Bound
Susanne Wache Faculty-Biology
Dr. Carolyn Langston Faculty-Business
Bettie Mahony Faculty-English
Lura Brown Faculty-English
Carol S. Benson Faculty-English-BSTD
Dr. Kenneth Bridges Faculty-History
Cynthia Meyer Faculty-OTA
Becky Riggs HR Director
Dr. Barbara Jones President
Susan Neely Staff-Comptroller
Vernie Meador Vice President of Fiscal affairs
Dr. Valeriano Cantú Vice President of Learning

Trust, honesty, humility, transparency and accountability are the building blocks of a positive reputation. Trust is the foundation of any relationship.

-Mike Paul


SouthArk will facilitate a transparent campus culture.


1.1 SouthArk will improve internal communications by developing a streamlined system and employing available technologies.

1.2 SouthArk will increase employee efficiency through departmental organization and communication.

1.3 SouthArk will foster its positive image both in marketing and in campus appearance.

Key Performance Indicators

A. Increased stakeholder satisfaction with internal communications

B. Improved assessment model

C. Enhanced/ maintained image of SouthArk through marketing and campus improvements

D. Increased awareness outside of Union County

Why This Initiative?

The strategic planning committee recognized a potential benefit to students, faculty, staff, and service area by evaluating and modifying the SouthArk communications model. There are two overall objectives to this initiative. The first being more open communication and reduced redundancy thereby increasing overall efficiency and job satisfaction. The second objective is to maintain the positive image that SouthArk has developed and to increase awareness of its programs and opportunities for students in additional communities

“We imagine a school in which students and teachers excitedly and joyfully stretch themselves to their limits in pursuit of projects built on their vision...not one that succeeds in making apathetic students satisfying minimal standards.”

Seymor Papert


SouthArk will engage and support students in their educational endeavors.


2.1 SouthArk will actively involve students in learning in the classroom and in academic programs.

2.2 SouthArk will encourage and guide students in career and academic planning.

2.3 SouthArk will help students to become immersed in their college experience through student activities and campus events.

Key Performance Indicators

A. Increased student retention

B. Higher graduation rates and percentage of program completion

C. Improved student engagement in campus activities

Why this Initiative?

SouthArk is subject to the same problems faced by community colleges across the state and across the country. Student retention and program completion rates always have room for improvement. By engaging the students in their educational endeavors, the College hopes to connect student learning with their intermediate and long term goals. As students become engaged with the learning environment as a whole, including learning communities and the campus, not only will their overall college experience be benefitted but their academic success should also increase.

“To me success means effectiveness in the world, that I am able to carry my ideas and values into the world -- that I am able to change it in positive ways.”

-Maxine Hong Kingston


SouthArk will focus on improving student success through systematic program review and outcomes assessment.


3.1 SouthArk will promote achievement in workforce occupation programs leading to increased graduate employability.

3.2 SouthArk will benefit regional employers by providing solutions to their needs through excellent customized training.

3.3 SouthArk will help students to prosper in academic transfer programs by fully preparing students for matriculation into four year schools

Key Performance Indicators

A. Increased graduate employment

B. Improved employer satisfaction with our training programs

C. More A.A. completers continuing their education at 4-year schools

Why This Initiative?

SouthArk recognizes that it is an asset to both regional students and regional employers. By providing a fundamental stepping stone to employment or further education, it is the goal of the College to invest in the success of its graduates. By evaluating and improving the workforce programs, corporate education, and transfer degrees, the College can adjust its approach and delivery.

“The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's opportunities and make the most of one's resources.”

-Marquis De Vauvenargues


Resource Development
SouthArk will support college programs and personnel by fostering innovations and strengthening fiscal, physical, and human resources.


4.1 SouthArk will support its students, personnel, programs and facilities by seeking out new and expanding existing funding resources.

4.2 SouthArk will maintain and grow its strong workforce by recruiting qualified and diverse candidates for available positions.

4.3 SouthArk will establish a comprehensive professional development program providing all faculty and staff with training for the continual enhancement of employee skills.

4.4 SouthArk will strive to retain and reward quality employees.

Key Performance Indicators

A. New and Increased External Funds

B. Improved productivity and efficiency of all departments at the college

C. Increased job satisfaction for SouthArk employees

Why This Initiative?

In order to continually improve programs and campuses, SouthArk recognizes the importance of discovering new assets and advancing the ones it already has. By seeking new fiscal assets, both targeted and general, the college can grow and maintain its programs as enrollment continues to rise. Appreciating the value of existing assets, both physical and personnel, SouthArk will capitalize on these valuable assets by investing in their retention, maintenance, and ongoing development.

“Society is indeed a contract. It is a partnership in all science; a partnership in all art; a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.

Edmund Burke


SouthArk will expand and build partnerships to strengthen the region.


5.1 SouthArk will expand existing and develop new corporate partnerships by working with business and industry.

5.2. SouthArk will further educational collaborations with the regional K-12 schools.

5.3. SouthArk will foster relationships with other colleges and universities.

Key Performance Indicators

A. New and expanded partnerships with regional businesses and industries

B. A strengthened bond with the K-12 schools leading to increased college preparation

C. Expanded collaborations with other colleges and universities

Why This Initiative

SouthArk understands its role as a hub on our regional network and the critical reality of building relationships with the suppliers, employers, and facilitators of its students. As these collaborations grow, the College can better serve the students and the region by providing the programs that meet the community, businesses, and industry.