Mission, Values and Goals

Mission, Values and Goals






SouthArkansasCommunity College was established by a vote of the citizens of UnionCounty on March 31, 1992. Voters approved forming a community college district for the county, merging OilBeltTechnicalCollege and Southern Arkansas University-El Dorado Branch, and levying a mileage to support the new school. The college is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees initially appointed by Governor Bill Clinton. On April 14, 1992, the Board of Trustees elected Charles Thomas to be Board Chairman, appointed Dr. Ben Whitfield as President, and named the new college.

The original OilBeltVocational-TechnicalSchool, now known as the East Campus and located at 3696 East Main Road, opened its doors in August 1967. After a name change and an expanded mission, it became OilBeltTechnicalCollege in 1991. Oil Belt offered certificate level programs in health occupations and technical fields, adult basic education, and a variety of non-credit programs. Billy McGehee served as director from 1980-1992.

Southern State College-El Dorado Branch, established as a branch campus of Southern State College, began operation July 1, 1975. In 1976, the name was changed to Southern Arkansas University-El Dorado Branch. The college offered occupational and transfer certificates and degrees, a broad community service program, and a BusinessEducationCenter. Dr. Ben Whitfield served as President of the college—now called the West Campus and located at 300 South West Avenue from its inception until he retired in 1997.

The Board of Trustees approved the appointment of a 16-member committee co-chaired by Billy McGehee and Dr. Kermit Parks. It made recommendations to the President and Board of Trustees on administrative structure, policy, and procedures and worked to unify the two institutions into a comprehensive community college. Dr. Whitfield served as the President of the merged institution (SouthArkansasCommunity College) until his retirement. Dr. Kathy Matlock was appointed President of South Arkansas Community College in 1997.

SouthArkansasCommunity College


SouthArkansasCommunity College is a public, two-year institution with an open-door policy, providing educational programs, services, and resources for the residents of UnionCounty and the surrounding area. With a philosophy that affirms the value of education, the importance of academic freedom for students and faculty, the worth and dignity of each individual, and an abiding belief in the ideals of a democratic society, the college encourages innovation, excellence, and leadership in its mission as a comprehensive community college.


SouthArkansasCommunity College promotes excellence in service, teaching, and learning; prepares the current and future workforceprovides lifelong educational opportunities.


SouthArkansasCommunity College has identified six value statements that serve as guiding principles in fulfilling the Mission and Goals:

  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.

  1. Student Learning

We are committed to providing support, respect, and encouragement, thereby enabling students to achieve their educational goals and develop skills for life-long learning.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Dedication to the Future

We are committed to continuous evaluation of our institution in order to address the needs of the present and to meet the challenges of the future.


  1. SouthArkansasCommunity College will facilitate learning in the areas of basic studies, English as a Second Language, developmental studies, occupational/technical education, employability skills, academic studies, integrated knowledge, and life-long learning.
  1. SouthArkansasCommunity College will promote demographic, intellectual, cultural and special needs diversity.
  1. SouthArkansasCommunity College will increase enrollment by improving educational opportunities, resources to pay for college, retention and completion of students, marketing and recruitment activities, and student activities.
  1. SouthArkansasCommunity College will integrate technology by improving its distance learning offerings, website, data management processes, computer literacy, and hardware maintenance.
  1. South Arkansas Community College will provide service to current, former and prospective students; individuals, groups and other entities within our service area; employers; the South Arkansas Community; and graduates and completers.
  1. SouthArkansasCommunity College will facilitate quality communication both internally and externally.



The college is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; phone 312-263-0456). Allied Health programs are accredited by their respective accrediting organizations. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence approves the Automotive Service Technology program.

The institution is approved by the Arkansas State Department of Higher Education, the Veterans Approval Agency of the Arkansas Department of Education, and other federal and state agencies. The college also holds institutional membership in the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).


Legislation establishing the institution defined the college’s educational role as “offering a comprehensive program designed to serve the post-secondary educational needs of its district and the State including specifically, but without limitation, occupational programs of varying types and levels of difficulty, the first two years of a baccalaureate degree, community service offerings, and student guidance and counseling services.”


A nine-member Board of Trustees governs the college. The Governor appoints each member for a six-year term. The college’s Board members and the expiration dates of their terms are shown below.

Martha Sue Beebe (Vice-Chairman)December 31, 2008

Tom BaumgardnerDecember 31, 2006

John DewsDecember 31, 2004

Capt. Carolyn DykesDecember 31, 2006

Steve Cousins December 31, 2008

Joffre Long (Chairman)December 31, 2006

David RossDecember 31, 2004

Dr. Kermit ParksDecember 31, 2008

Jeff Teague (Secretary)December 31, 2004





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The South Arkansas Community College Library Media Center, hereafter known as SouthArk Library, provides a broad range of services to support student learning for all programs and is available to both students and the general public. The SouthArk Library offers all the traditional library services and has nearly twenty-two thousand (22,000) volumes in its general collection and nearly one thousand (1,000) multimedia items. The SouthArk Library has access to periodicals in electronic, microfiche, and hardcopy formats. Students have access to viewing/listening rooms in order that they take advantage of the audio visual collection. The SouthArk Library offers an online public access catalog, online searching, several CD-ROM databases, interlibrary loans, study areas, and a career exploration placement program. Library cards are issued to students and community patrons. The library card serves as the Student ID Card and can be validated as current with the ID sticker issued in the Bookstore.

Books are loaned for a fourteen-day (14) period and may be renewed twice (2), either by phone or at the circulation desk. When materials are overdue, the SouthArk Library is authorized to assess and collect fines of ten cents (.10) per day. When materials are nine (9) weeks past due, there will be a presumption that the materials are lost and the library patron will be charged the original cost of the library materials plus a processing fee of ten dollars ($10). SouthArk Library privileges will be suspended, transcripts withheld, and future registrations blocked for those with unpaid fines and for those who have not paid for lost library materials.

The SouthArk Library is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Arkansas Library Association. The SouthArk Library supports the ALA’s Library Bill of Rights and Intellectual Freedom Manual.

Location: West Campus

Hours: Fall and Spring Semesters

Monday – Thursday7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Hours:Summer Semester

Monday – Friday8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Hours:Holiday Hours will vary




  1. It is the mission of the SouthArk Library to promote the mission and goals of SouthArkansasCommunity College by providing a wide variety of supportive materials and services and to assist the administration faculty, students, and staff of the College and residents of UnionCounty in their access to information.


  1. The SouthArk Library is dedicated to providing the best possible service to our patrons and working to present there services with dependability, professionalism, and effectiveness.
  1. The SouthArk Library recognizes its accountability in interdisciplinary collection development by selecting, deselecting, organizing, producing, and evaluating resources.
  1. The SouthArk Library values the skills, talents, and uniqueness of our library staff and is committed to the development of staff expertise through the provision of opportunities to learn new skills.
  1. The SouthArk Library recognizes our patrons depend upon staff teamwork to work with each other and our patrons by exhibiting respect, reliability, and consideration.
  1. The SouthArk Library provides an attractive and secure setting that is conducive to study, work, research, and learning by using resources in an effective and efficient manner.


  1. SouthArk Library will provide relevant, accurate, and current materials at several levels of scholarship and in various formats that support the curriculum and general interest of the community while providing for diversity and cultural understanding.
  1. SouthArk Library will provide a variety of curriculum and college based services including but not limited to audiovisual services, database search and reference services, library instruction, acquisition and processing of materials, interlibrary loan, and other customary library services.
  1. SouthArk Library will anticipate and respond todemands and needs of the college community and its information needs.
  1. SouthArk Library will cooperate with Barton Public Library and other libraries.




SouthArk Library is a member of American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries and Arkansas Library Association.



Pam Mulligan – Allied Health2005

Mary Pat Cook – Arts and Science Division2005

Carolyn Langston2004

Carol Smith2005

Donna Hendricks2004

Francis KuykendallPermanent

J.T. Williamson2004


Francis Kuykendall – Interim Director

Lauri Wilson – Library Tech II

Jodie Dunn – Library Tech I

Barbara Hoyle – Library Tech I









Relevant Educational Passages from Public Las 94-553 the General Revision of the Copyright Las, October 19, 1976.

17 USC 102 Subject matter of copyright: In general

Date Adopted/Revised:

I. Copyright protection subsists, in accordance with this title, in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression now know or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. Works of authorship include the following categories:

(a)Literary works;

(b)musical works, including any accompanying words;

(c)dramatic works, including any accompanying music;

(d)pantomimes and choreographic works;

(e)pictorial, graphic and sculptural works;

(f)motion pictures and other audiovisual works; and

(g)sound recordings.

II. In no case does a copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method or operation, concept, principle or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.

17 USC 107 Limitation on exclusive rights: Fair Use

Date Adopted/Revised:

I. ….the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use) scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  1. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  1. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyright work as a whole; and
  1. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

17 USC 108 Limitations on exclusive rights: Reproduction by libraries and archives

Date Adopted/Revised:

  1. Notwithstanding provisions of section 106, it is not an infringement of copyright for a library or archives, or any of its employees acting within the scope of their employment, to reproduce no more than one (1) copy or phonorecord of a work, or to specified by this section, if-
  1. the reproduction or distribution is made without any purpose of direct or indirect commercial advantage;
  1. the collection or the library or archives are (i) open to the public, or (ii) available not only to researchers affiliated with the library or archives or with the institution of which it is a part, but also to other persons doing research in a specialized field; and
  1. the reproduction or distribution of the work includes a notice of copyright.
  1. The rights of reproduction and distribution to a copy or phonorecord of an unpublished work duplicated in facsimile form solely for purposes of preservation and security or for deposit for research use in another library or archives of the type described by clause (b) of subsection (I), if the copy or phonorecord reproduced is currently in the collections or the library or archives.
  1. The right of reproduction under this section applies to a copy or phonorecord of a published work duplicated in a facsimile form solely for the replacement of a copy or phonorecord that is damaged, deteriorating, lost or stolen, if the library or archives has, after a reasonable effort, determined that an unused replacement cannot be obtained at a fair price.
  1. The rights or reproduction and distribution under this section apply to a copy, made from the collection of a library or archives where the user makes his or her request or from that of another library or archives, of no more than one article or other contribution to a copyrighted collection or periodical issue, or to a copy or phonorecord of a small part of any other copyrighted work if-
  1. the copy or phonorecord become the property of the user, and the library or archives has had no notice that the copy or phonorecord would be used for any other purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research; and
  1. the library or archives displays prominently, at the place where orders are accepted, and includes on its order form, a warning of copyright….
  1. Nothing in this section-
  1. shall be construed to impose liability for copyright infringement upon a library or archives or its employees for the unsupervised use of reproducing equipment located on its premises: Provided, that such equipment displays a notice that the making of a copy may be subject to the copyright law;
  1. excuses a person who uses such reproducing equipment…if it exceeds fair use as provided by section 107;
  1. shall be construed to limit the reproduction and distribution by lending of a limited number of copies and excerpts by a library or archives of an audiovisual news program…
  1. The rights of reproduction and distribution under this section extend to the isolated and unrelated reproduction or distribution of a single copy or phonorecord of the same material on separate occasions, but do not extend to cases where the library or archives, or its employee-
  1. is aware or has substantial reason to believe that it is engaging in the related or concerted reproduction or distribution of multiple copies or phonorecords of the same material, whether intended for aggregate use by one or more individuals or for separate use by the individual members of a group; or
  1. engages in the systematic reproduction or distribution of a single or multiple copies or phonorecords or material described in subsection (VI): Provided, That nothing in this clause prevents a library or archives from participating in interlibrary arrangements that do not have, as their purpose or effect, that the library or archives receiving such copies or phonorecords for distribution does so in such aggregate quantities as to substitute for a subscription to or purchase of such work.
  1. The rights of reproduction and distribution under this section do not apply to musical work, a pictorial, graphic or sculptural work, or a motion picture or other audiovisual work other than an audiovisual work dealing with news, except that no such limitation shall apply with respect to….pictorial or graphical works published as illustrations, diagrams, or similar adjuncts to works….

LIBRARY EXEMPTIONS to copyright 17-usc

Policy Title: Interlibrary Loan and Photocopying

Policy Number:

Date Adopted/Revised:

  1. Section 108 deals with limits on interlibrary loan arrangements and special library and archives exemptions and responsibilities. SouthArk Library acknowledges and adheres to these arrangements and responsibilities and, further, complies with the copyright law and the American Library Association’s and AmericanCollege and Research Libraries’ policies and agreements.
  1. Therefore;
  1. Interlibrary loans are available to SouthArkansasCommunity College faculty, staff, and students.
  1. The library staff will not, under any circumstance, request more than two articles per issue per journal (or title) from any lending library. Nor will SouthArk Library staff copy more than two articles per issue per journal (or title).
  1. No more than six articles per journal (or title) will be requested per patron per calendar year.
  1. The SouthArk Library will charge only what the lending library charges for interlibrary loan material.

17 USC 110 Limitations on exclusive rights: Exemption of certain performance and displays