The University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions comprises six academic divisions and an honors program. COEHP includes 23 research and service units, offers 50 degree programs from bachelor’s to doctorate, has 11 additional certificates, and employs over 190 faculty members.
In fall 2019, the college enrolled 5,249 students across its six academic divisions, offering 50 distinct degree programs. The college continued to enroll the highest number of graduate students on campus with the enrollment of 1,362 students, including 368 doctoral and 807 master’s students with the remaining 187 graduate students enrolled in graduate certificate and specialist programs or as non-degree students.
Faculty and Staff Accomplishments over Five Years
- The college welcomed a new leader, Dean Brian Primack, after a national search. The medical doctor, former teacher and former dean of the University of Pittsburgh Honors College assumed his position on July 1, 2019. Dean Primack also holds the Henry Hotz Endowed Chair and has a conjoint appointment with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine as professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Community Health.
- The college funded and hired its first director for an Office of Research to assist faculty and staff with pre-award grant proposals. Through the strategic use of a research director, COEHP hopes to support faculty and staff in seeking external research funding, leading to the discovery of new knowledge and student opportunity.
- The college’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program becoming one of the first in the nation to be accredited as a stand-alone baccalaureate program. B.S.in Public Health has been one of the fastest-growing undergraduate degrees in the College, with over 300 students currently declaring the major. The program is housed in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation.
- The college created the Arkansas Academy for Educational Equity to increase the effectiveness of early career teachers working in struggling, high-poverty schools in Arkansas. The Walton Family Foundation funded the pilot project with $10 million over three years.
- The new Department of Occupational Therapy welcomed its inaugural cohort of students in January 2020. The entry-level clinical doctoral program is offered jointly by the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
- The college received $18,282,025 million in grant and contract funding for the 2018-19 academic year and raised $4,811,072 in private gifts for various programs and projects.
- The college was the recipient of the $35.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the largest grant in the University of Arkansas history, to establish the Arkansas PROMISE program that provided paid work experiences for 1,000 Arkansas teens with disabilities.
- The 2018-2019 academic year marked the first year in the College’s Office of Academic Student Initiatives and Services, which features centralized recruitment, advising, career counseling and student services. OASIS serves undergraduate students from orientation through graduation.
- The college’s teacher-preparation programs were granted accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation in Spring 2020 both at the initial-licensure and advanced-licensure levels effective without any areas for improvement or stipulations.
- The college’s graduate education programs rose No. 50 overall and No. 37 among public colleges of education in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate School rankings.