The College of Education and Health Professions comprises five academic departments with more than 100 faculty members, the university’s intramural and recreational sports department, and 17 research and service units.
Several examples of what faculty and staff have accomplished over the past five years:
- The U.S. Department of Education awarded the college, in affiliation with the Arkansas Department of Education, a $32.4 million grant over five years to establish the Arkansas PROMISE program that will provide paid work experiences for 1,000 Arkansas teens with disabilities.
- The college received $17.3 million in grant and contract funding for the 2013-14 academic year for the highest level of external funding to date and the highest total among colleges on the U of A campus.
- The college’s teacher-preparation programs received a “very favorable” review last year from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
- The college established Arkansas Teacher Corps, which helps Arkansas school districts in high-need areas fill open teaching positions. Another new program, supported by the Walton Family Foundation, will establish the Principal Fellows Program to help supply highly skilled teachers and administrators to some of Arkansas’ poorest public schools.
- Enrollment has grown significantly at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. For fall 2013, the college enrolled 1,203 graduate students – the most of any college on the U of A campus – and 3,997 undergraduates, the second-largest enrollment of any college on campus.
- The college established several new degree programs, including nursing programs to address a shortage of nurses and nurse educators. The college also created a bachelor’s degree in special education.
- The college established the Autism Support Program to provide intensive services for U of A students with autism spectrum disorders and opened an applied behavior analysis clinic to provide therapy for children with autism.
- Peabody Hall was restored and renovated. The $8.8 million project was completed in 2011. Peabody Hall was the first building on campus constructed with private funds – a $40,000 donation from the Peabody Education Fund. It has housed teacher-education programs continuously from the time it opened in 1913.
- The Epley Center for Health Professions housing the nursing and communication disorders programs was opened in 2012. It was constructed from the former student health center on Razorback Road.
- The college’s graduate education programs rose in the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School rankings, climbing 47 places in one year to No. 86. The programs placed 70th among public universities. The college’s rehabilitation education and research program held steady in the top 20 of U.S. News rankings of those programs at No. 16. It has been ranked in the top 20 for more than a decade.