Texas A&M University–Texarkana

Texas A&M University – Texarkana
Type Public university
Established 1971
President Emily F. Cutrer
Provost David Yells
Academic staff
132
Students 2,066 (Fall 2017)
Location Texarkana, Texas, United States
Campus 375 Acres Metropolitan (Population 143,486, 2010 U.S. Census)
Colors Navy, Maroon and Gold
Athletics NAIA
Red River Athletic Conference
Nickname Eagles
Website www.tamut.edu

Texas A&M University – Texarkana, also known as A&M-Texarkana, is a public university located in Texarkana, Texas, United States. It is one of the members of The 11 member Texas A&M University System. And, although it has one of the smallest student bodies out of the 11 universities within the A&M System, it is one of the most rapidly growing institutions.

A&M-Texarkana was first established as an upper-level center of Commerce, Texas based East Texas State University in 1971. The university received separate accreditation in 1980, and in September 1996 (when ETSU joined the Texas A&M System as Texas A&M University–Commerce), the Texarkana branch became a separate institution from the Commerce campus.

A&M-Texarkana is a comprehensive regional residential institution dedicated to offering career-oriented studies, awarding undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in the areas of business administration, arts and sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics and education. Students who reside in Oklahoma and Arkansas attend at in-state tuition rates, and historically 30 percent of the student body is from Arkansas. Louisiana residents who reside in a parish that borders Texas may also attend at in-state tuition rates.

University Overview

Texas A&M University–Texarkana is a comprehensive regional university committed to Academic Excellence, Student Success and Community Leadership by shaping the leaders of tomorrow with a high-quality, rewarding and affordable educational experience. As a member of The Texas A&M University System, one of the largest and most distinguished higher education systems in the nation, A&M-Texarkana provides students with a world-class degree in a family atmosphere known as a community of higher education.

Transforming from a two-year upper division institution to a comprehensive university in 2010 was a historic milestone, and the faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters rallied together to ensure that A&M-Texarkana remained not only a regional leader in higher education but has become an international destination campus.

During the 2016-17 academic year and beyond, A&M-Texarkana plans to continually evaluate its programs in relation to national standards and practices, and innovate and adapt in order to continuously improve performance. As a success-oriented university, A&M-Texarkana provides an experience that engages students in the learning process both inside and outside the classroom, fostering persistence, graduation, and lifelong learning that will ultimately benefit the economic development of Texarkana and the surrounding region. Estimated impact on the local economy is $64.2 million given the current enrollment of over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

College of Arts, Sciences, and Education

Undergraduate Programs:

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education[1]
  • English
  • General Studies
  • History
  • Kinesiology
  • Mass Communication
  • Nursing
  • Political Science
  • Psychology and Counseling
  • Sociology

Graduate Programs:

  • Master of Arts with concentrations in:
    • Communication
    • English
  • Master of Education in Education Administration
  • Master of Science with concentrations in:
    • Adult and Higher Education
    • Counseling
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Nursing Administration
    • History
    • Instructional Technology
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Psychology

College of Business, Engineering, and Technology

Undergraduate Programs:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration with concentrations in:
    • Finance
    • Management
    • Management Information Systems (MIS)
    • Marketing
    • Supply Chain Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics (With Teacher Certification)
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering

Graduate Programs:

  • Master of Business Administration with concentrations in:
    • Energy Leadership
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Information Technology
  • Master of Science in Accounting

In January 2015, the university opened the STEM College Innovation Lab, which is a research environment available to all faculty and students to encourage research and learning across disciplines. Students have the opportunity to learn by doing, not just from textbooks, and that makes them better prepared for real-world opportunities after graduation.

The university maintains active dual-admissions agreements with many of the community colleges in the region, including Texarkana College in Texarkana, Texas, Northeast Texas Community College at Mt. Pleasant, Texas, Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas, and the University of Arkansas Community College at Texarkana, Arkansas.

Facilities

A&M-Texarkana is uniquely positioned to serve a four-state area, contributing to the region's dynamic and diverse culture and resources. The Texarkana metropolitan area is located only one hour from Shreveport, Louisiana, two hours from Little Rock, Arkansas, and a little less than three hours away from Dallas, Texas.

For many years, the university shared the same campus with Texarkana College. In 2004, the university acquired 375 acres of land as a gift from the City of Texarkana, Texas (300 acres), and the Anita and Truman Arnold Foundation (75 acres). The university received funding from the Texas Legislature for construction of buildings at the new campus near Bringle Lake in Texarkana, Texas.

Construction of the new campus began in 2006. To date, four buildings have been built: Science & Technology, University Center, Central Plant and Bringle Lake Village. Bringle Lake Village is a 294-bed furnished residence hall that features many amenities, including an in-ground swimming pool, sand-volleyball court and fitness center. Students have three floor plans from which to choose.

In spring 2015, the Texas Legislature appropriated $32 million for the Building for Academic and Student Services on the A&M-Texarkana campus. The new building will house additional classrooms, laboratories and office spaces. Construction is expected to be completed in 2019.

Construction is underway for a Student Recreation Center, a student engagement and wellness center that will house recreational sports, collegiate athletics, and spaces for group and individual study. Completion is expected in December 2017.

The university offers one of the lowest university tuition rates in the state and has the distinction of being a member of the world-renowned Texas A&M University System. The university is one of the fastest growing institutions in the state and has received strong community support.

Athletics

A&M-Texarkana participates in the NAIA as a non-football member and is an affiliate of the Red River Athletic Conference. The school mascot is the Eagle.

A&M-Texarkana participates in the following sports: Tennis (men's and women's),Baseball, and Soccer (men's and women's). Softball was added in 2017-18.

Both the Men's baseball and Women's soccer teams have made appearances in post-season tournaments. In addition, nearly all of the sports teams have appeared in RRAC conference tournaments, and the Men's tennis team has appeared in the NAIA national tournament. [2] The student body at TAMUT also receives an allotment of tickets to Texas A&M Aggie sporting events at the College Station campus.

Notable alumni

  • Erwin Cain, BS, Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from Sulphur Springs[3]
  • Judy Morgan, MBA, Owner and President of Jack B. Kelley Enterprises, Inc., Former member of the Texas A&M University Board of Regents[4]
  • Joseph McCormick, MBA, COO of Conner Industries[5]
  • Bob Bruggeman, BBA, Mayor of Texarkana, Texas[6]
  • Kenneth Fudge, Professional baseball player

Student life

Student organizations play an important role in campus life at A&M-Texarkana. Throughout the year, the organizations sponsor a variety of extra- and co-curricular activities for the campus and local community. In addition, student organizations provide a means for students to develop and refine leadership skills and to interact and network with students, faculty and staff. There are over 30 recognized student organizations at A&M-Texarkana in six distinguished categories:

Student Governing Organizations

  • Campus Activities Board
  • Greek Council
  • Residence Hall Association
  • Student Government Association
  • Student Organizations Council

National Honorary Societies

Greek Fraternities/Sororities

Departmental

  • Accounting Club
  • Business Club
  • Criminal Justice Association
  • Future Teachers Association
  • Mass Communication Club
  • NTCC Education Club
  • Political Science Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Sociology Club
  • S.T.E.M. Club
  • University Historians

Special Interest

  • Art Club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Fishing Club
  • Multicultural Association
  • Student Competitive Academics
  • Student Veterans Association
  • Spectrum
  • Table Top Gamers

References

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