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2022 - 2023 Graduate Academic Catalog 
    
2022 - 2023 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Information And Notifications



Offering graduate studies at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith promotes the mission of the university to prepare students to succeed in an ever-changing global world while advancing economic development and quality of place. Graduate programs, developed and implemented based on the region’s economic demands, are designed to prepare students to solve problems and apply knowledge in their advanced professional field of study.

The UAFS Vision, Mission, Role and Scope, and Values

Vision

UAFS will be a national model for preparing students for workforce mobility through education and professional development while serving as the thought leader in the region for workforce training.

Mission

UAFS prepares students to succeed in an ever-changing global world while advancing economic development and quality of place.

Role and Scope

Founded in 1928, UAFS has grown in stature, role and scope over the years into a singularly distinctive institution. Organized and focused on teaching and learning, UAFS offers multifaceted academic and technical educational opportunities. The university provides these learning opportunities at times and places convenient to students and clients. Programs include single courses of instruction, certificates of proficiency, technical certificates, and associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees designed to meet a demonstrated demand of the region. In addition to certificate and degree programs, UAFS provides a wide range of customized, on-site education and training services - both pre- and post-employment - designed to meet the workforce education and retraining needs of business and service organizations.

UAFS provides a variety of public service activities for the people and organizations within its service area. Included are noncredit courses, seminars, workshops, lectures, travel, telecourses, and teleconferences organized by the Center for Business and Professional Development. UAFS makes campus facilities and resources available to community organizations and seeks to enrich quality of place in the community through sponsored cultural activities and events.

Values

UAFS is:

  • Inclusive: UAFS fosters a welcoming, diverse campus that embraces and promotes inclusion as an integral component to institutional excellence.
  • Student-focused: UAFS students have countless opportunities to become leaders on campus and in the community with the help of an engaged campus and intimate learning environments led by attentive professors.
  • Committed to Academic Excellence: UAFS students receive a top-notch education that prepares them for post-graduate success through practical, hands-on learning opportunities spanning the university’s spectrum of diverse course offerings.
  • An Economic and Workforce Developer: UAFS drives economic growth and development in the greater Fort Smith region by educating a workforce, collaborating with organizations and industries, and promoting the arts.
  • A Driver of Creative Economy: UAFS works with regional businesses and industries to identify the technical, social, and intellectual skill sets that will promote entrepreneurship and the thinking skills of change.
  • Innovative: UAFS is an educational pioneer that is constantly examining and pursuing new methods of educating students, whether it be the microcosm of a creative classroom with an inspiring professor or a cutting-edge academic program inspired by local and state needs.

Accreditations

UAFS is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and is approved by the United States Department of Education, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and the Arkansas State Approving Agency for veterans’ training.

College of Arts and Sciences

The music department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The art department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

College of Business and Industry

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and business certificates are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Technical programs are accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). The automotive program is additionally certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

College of Health, Education, and Human Sciences

Nursing programs are approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The traditional BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The surgical technology program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The dental hygiene program is accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). The radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) and the diagnostic medical sonography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRCDMS) through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Education programs are approved by the Arkansas Department of Education and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Elementary K6 program is a new program and is aligned with the Elementary Program CAEP, K6, Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS) and Science of Reading (SoR) standards required by the Arkansas Department of Education. The Middle Childhood Education Program is nationally recognized by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education and a preschool education credential. Candidates pursuing the Elementary K6 degree can also receive an age 3-4 endorsement to add to their licensure area. All candidates may choose to pursue the Special Education Resource Room endorsement or the Teaching English as a Second Language.

Secondary Education Programs are delivered in their respective colleges in coordination with the School of Education. The Biology with Life/Earth Science Teacher Licensure Program  is nationally recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). The English with Teacher Licensure Program is nationally recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). The History with Social Studies Teacher Licensure Program is nationally recognized by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). The Mathematics with Teacher Licensure Program is nationally recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The Music with Teacher Licensure Program is accredited by National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Concealed Carry Weapons on UAFS Campus

Arkansas Act 562 allows lawful concealed carry weapon (CCW) on public university campuses with certain restrictions. Those who carry on the campus of the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, including on properties the university owns apart from the main campus, are responsible to know Act 562 and other applicable laws. Related university regulations will be enforced thoroughly and fairly.

Those who carry a concealed weapon (as defined under AR Act 562-2017), with the exception of those authorized to carry by virtue of their law enforcement status, must have a current Arkansas Enhanced CCW Endorsement Card on their person while carrying on campus property. Certain activities are exempted and may be designated as gun-free even for those with an enhanced endorsement. With proper notification and signage, intercollegiate athletic events, any grievance or disciplinary hearing last less than nine hours, and storage in a residential facility. There are no other exclusions currently in the law. Persons on UAFS property who are carrying a concealed weapon are required to show their enhanced license to University Police if so requested. 

A person on UAFS property who possesses an enhanced license and is in possession of a covered firearm must conceal the weapon. Concealed, under AR Code 5-73-301, means to cover from observation so as to prevent public view. “Storage’ is a key concept under this law. Storage in a locked and unattended vehicle is allowed in any publicly owned and maintained lot on campus, if the weapon is otherwise possessed legally. Storage in a residential facility is not allowed.

To report a concern or incident related to Concealed Carry Weapons on campus property, please call University Police at 479-788-7140. The full UAFS Policy and procedure may be found on the University Police website under Resources.

Copyrighted Materials

It is the policy of the University of Arkansas System and its institutions to follow the United States Copyright Law and other statutes that protect the rights of copyright owners. All UAFS faculty, staff, and students should use copyrighted materials within the confines of the statutes and seek guidance from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance in determining fair use. Copyrighted materials include, but are not limited to, computer software, audio and video recordings, photographs, and written material. Violators are subject to university discipline, including suspension, as well as legal liability, even if the work did not contain a written copyright notice. It is also a violation to use a campus computer to illegally copy, display, or distribute copyrighted materials, such as software, MP3 files, or MPEG files.

Use of commercial (for-profit) copy shops may not relieve an individual of liability for infringement. It would depend on:

  • whether the copying was fair use, and
  • whether the copy shop pays royalties

Online courses often contain copyrighted materials that the faculty member is using under the TEACH Act of 2002. Students may use these materials within the online course, but may not save, alter, or redistribute them to those not enrolled in the course.

Diversity

UAFS recognizes that diversity within the student body, the faculty and staff, and in the educational experience enriches learning and education. Our strong commitment to diversity will help shape the future of the institution and create a learning environment that welcomes all. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to bring with them distinct perspectives that encourage thoughtful discussion and collegial deliberation. 

Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Statement

UAFS provides equal employment, admission, and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. UAFS does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission, access to, treatment, or employment in its programs and activities.

The university is committed to a policy of EEO and to a program of affirmative action. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against, or is aware of discrimination against another person, is encouraged to contact: Director of Human Resources/EEO Officer, telephone 479-788-7839.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s college education records within 45 days from the day the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the registrar, the registrar shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask UAFS to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If UAFS decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the student will be notified of the decision and advised of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information (PII) contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure  without consent. UAFS discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. School official includes any person employed by UAFS in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of  trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, suchas a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of UAFS who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records (e.g. attorneys, auditors, collection agents, the National Student Clearinghouse, or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks). A school official typically has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for UAFS or assist a school official in doing so. Upon request, UAFS also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education concerning alleged failures by UAFS to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is noted below:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605

Directory Information as defined by the United States Department of Education means information contained in an educational record of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Students may request UAFS not release directory information by completing the proper form and submitting it to the Registrar’s Office, on the second floor or the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center. Directory information at UAFS includes name, address, major field of study, degrees and awards received, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, telephone listing, electronic mail address, photographs, date and place of birth, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status (i.e., undergraduate or graduate; full- or part-time, no enrollment), honors received, and most recent educational agency or institution attended.

It is important to note that the institution, at its sole discretion, designates what is considered “directory information,” as well as what is released in each circumstance.

Additionally, educational records and personal information may be released in the following circumstances:

  • Judicial subpoena of records, upon condition that UAFS makes a reasonable effort to notify the student in advance of the release of records.
  • Health or safety emergency, if knowledge of personal information is necessary to protect the health and safety of a student or other person(s).
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid.

UAFS is required to comply with military requests for student information, in accordance with the Solomon Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, 1995/1996, and the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act, 1997.

Student Conduct

Student Code of Conduct - Students are responsible for good citizenship through enrollment at UAFS. It is expected that students conduct themselves professionally and honorably throughout their association with the university. Students are expected to adhere to the codes of conduct prescribed by the professional organizations in their fields of study.

It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct for their safety and safety of other students. The Student Code of Conduct is an expression of behavioral standards that are intended to allow students and others at UAFS to live, work, study, recreate, and pursue their educational goals in a productive and secure environment. The Code is crafted to reflect expectations based on values essential to such an environment and to a flourishing academic community, such as honesty, integrity, respect, and fairness. That said, we strive to recognize and honor core tenets of our free society and our academic legacy, such as free speech, the “marketplace of ideas,” and free association. Therefore, much expression that may be offensive, unpopular or both will not be actionable under this Code. Further, those who administer the Code attempt to craft both hearings and sanctions in a manner that takes into account the developmental issues and educational needs of students, as well as the well-being of the university community. For  details, view the Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook at uafs.edu/university/student-handbook.

UAFS Alcohol Policy - Student possession and use of alcohol on university properties, including residential housing, and at official university functions held on campus is prohibited. It is the policy of the university that the illegal or abusive use of drugs or alcohol by employees and students is prohibited on university property or as a part of any university activity whether on or off campus. Irresponsible behavior while under the influence of intoxicants is not to be condoned and may be subject to review and/or action by the appropriate judicial body.

UAFS Drug Policy - Possession, use, or manufacture of illicit drugs is strictly prohibited at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. Students at UAFS are subject to disciplinary action for violation of federal or state laws regarding the possession, purchase, manufacture, use, sale, or distribution (by either sale or gift) of any quantity of any prescription drug or controlled substance, except for the use of any over-the-counter medication or for the prescribed use of medication in accordance with the instructions of a licensed physician. Possession of paraphernalia associated with the use, possession or manufacture of a prescription drug or controlled substance is also prohibited.

Alcohol/Drug Abuse - UAFS recognizes its’ responsibility to provide a healthy environment in which students may learn and prepare themselves to be fully functioning and productive individuals. Alcohol and other substance abuse is a university concern. When students abuse alcohol and other drugs, academic performance, health, personal relationships, and safety suffer. Abusive levels of alcohol use and other drugs often result in problems such as automobile and other accidents, student fights, property damage, aggravated physical illness, and sometimes death. Students need to know what their responsibilities are as members of the university community and understand the university’s expectation and regulations. The abuse of alcohol and other drugs is considered to be detrimental to the attainment of the educational mission of this institution.

UAFS has implemented the following policy regarding substance abuse:

  1. Any student found in violation of these procedures will immediately be placed on probation and shall be subject to additional disciplinary actions which may include dismissal from UAFS.
  2. The vice chancellor for student affairs or director of housing and residential life will make information available to students about the dangers of drug abuse, the availability of counseling, and the penalties for violations. Such information will be promulgated in the student handbook, visual displays, drug-awareness sessions, etc.
  3. Students who have no record of conviction for drug abuse and who voluntarily seek counseling for drug-abuse problems may not be dismissed from the university. However, if a drug-abuse conviction occurs after counseling/rehabilitation has begun, the student is liable for the full range of university disciplinary measures.
  4. The vice chancellor for student affairs will be responsible for the implementation of these procedures.
  5. Specific degree programs may have additional policies related to prevention and management of substance abuse. Students enrolled in these degree programs are responsible for adhering to College-specific policies as well as university policies.

Tobacco-Free Campus Policy - The use of any tobacco product, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited on the grounds of UAFS in order to establish a healthier and more beautiful learning environment. The tobacco-free environment includes all university property, which according to State Statute 25-17-301, “… shall include all highways, streets, alleys, and rights-of-way that are contiguous or adjacent to property owned or controlled by the institution.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

UAFS is approved by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) to offer online programs and courses to out-of-state students. NC-SARA provides states a mechanism for monitoring the quality of online programs delivered by out-of-state colleges and universities to its citizens. Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all SARA member states.

SARA applies solely to distance education activity conducted across state lines. It does not apply to distance education activity of an institution within its home state or to on-ground campuses in any state.

The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Distance education courses and programs are approved by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

UAFS is committed to ensuring that its distance learning programs and courses are intellectually stimulating and professionally rewarding. Online classes are taught by qualified faculty who are highly trained in using the Blackboard LMS for course development and delivery.

Complaint/Grievance Procedures

Complaints regarding student grades or student conduct violations are governed entirely by UAFS policy and the laws of the state of Arkansas. The UAFS Academic Grievance Process is outlined in this catalog and the UAFS Student Handbook.

Please note that students who wish to file a complaint relating to an online course or program offered by UAFS must first go through the UAFS procedures for resolution of grievances. If, after exhausting the institutional process, a student feels a complaint has not been adequately addressed, the student may file a complaint with the Arkansas SARA portal, in this case the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ICAC@adhe.edu).

A student wishing to file a complaint regarding an online course or program should complete the online form found on the UAFS SARA webpage. The complainant will be contacted within five (5) business days after the complaint is received.

Title IX

Title IX, part of the Education Amendments of 1972, is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs has primary responsibility for compliance with Title IX. Any student discipline case involving allegations of sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, gender identity, other forms of discrimination based on protected status, sexual assault, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, stalking, domestic abuse, relationship violence or retaliation related to any of the above will be handled in accordance with the procedures outlined in the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Campus Policy and Procedure for Sexual Misconduct. Any concerns, questions or incidents regarding Title IX should be directed to the UAFS Title IV coordinator and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Lee Krehbiel, at (479) 788-7310). UAFS will respond to complaints in a manner that maintains or restores a safe and productive learning environment, while looking into the complaint in a prompt, thorough, and impartial fashion.

UAFS Policy Statement

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is committed to providing an environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community and that is free from harassment and discrimination based upon race, color, religion, national origin, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, age, pregnancy,