Admissions

General AdmissionsThis page contains general information about admissions, financial aid, college policies, and other related information. Most of the data comes directly from the Southeast Arkansas College Catalog and Student Handbook. Please keep in mind that the stated policies may change and this web site may not reference the most recent and up-to-date policy. Please verify all information with the Office of Student Affairs.

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ACADEMIC ADVISORS
During registration each student will be assigned an Academic Advisor. Students should confer with advisors concerning
academic affairs, including courses, schedules, majors, and degree/certificate programs. The Advisor will be a faculty
member in the area most closely related to the student’s proposed major field of study. Students who do not know who
their advisor is should check in the Registrar’s Office in the Student Services Building. The ultimate responsibility for
knowing degree/program requirements rests with the student.

ARKANSAS CAREER PATHWAYS INITIATIVE
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education/Career Pathways Initiative is a program designed to assist students with
transportation, childcare, and/or tuition and fees. Career Pathways also provides students with advising to assist with
career and educational decisions, extra instruction, tutoring, employment skills, and access to computer labs to complete
homework and improve computer skills. To be eligible, students must have custody of a child under the age of 21 who is
living at home, be a former/current recipient of TEA Cash assistance; or be a current recipient of Food Stamps, ARKids
or Medicaid; or earnings are at the 250% Federal Poverty Level or less.

BOOK STORE
TextStyles, the bookstore on the campus of Southeast Arkansas College, is operated by BBA Corporation. The
bookstore sells new and used textbooks, paper, pens, pencils, and other supplies, as well as college logo items. The
bookstore buys back textbooks daily. TextStyles is open from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday during the first
week of classes each fall and spring semester and from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. the first week of each summer term.
Normal business hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Friday. All
major credit cards are accepted.

CAREER CENTER/JOB PLACEMENT OFFICE
The Career Center/Job Placement Office, located in the Student Services Building, provides students with career
planning assistance and job placement services. Utilizing various computerized career planning systems, guidance and
information on selecting careers, related occupations, educational opportunities, and job-seeking skills is provided in the
Career Center.

Books, pamphlets, individual assistance, and workshops are available to strengthen the students’ employability skills in
the areas of interview preparation, resume’ development, and job search skills.
The Job Placement Office assists students in applying for part-time and career positions. Full-time and part-time job
openings are posted in the Job Placement Office. Students interested in employment should contact the Job Placement
Office or review the job vacancies listed on the job placement board. In addition, the Internet may be accessed through
the Career Center to check career-related web sites for job placement assistance. Graduate Follow-up services are also
provided through the Career Center.

DISTANCE LEARNING
The Distance Learning Division office is located in the College’s Library in Founders Hall. Credit courses in a variety of
subject areas are offered using Compressed Interactive Video (CIV) technology and the Internet.
Internet Courses – Internet courses are delivered through the Internet (World Wide Web) on the WebCT course
management platform. A link to WebCT is located on the College’s home page at http://www.seark.edu. Internet
courses require regular access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection and the Internet Explorer or Netscape
Navigator browser, a CD-ROM drive, and permission to change some of the computer’s settings and to download
software. Slower Internet connections may make on-line courses frustrating and taking exams difficult. On-campus or
proctored testing will be required. Internet students must be self-disciplined and self-motivated. Some Internet courses
have set deadlines for course work while others allow students to work at their own pace. Internet courses generally
require more reading than a traditional class, so adequate reading comprehension is necessary for success.
Compressed Interactive Video (CIV) – Class sessions are transmitted between the College’s Pine Bluff campus and
other sites in the College’s service area.

Orientation for students enrolled in distance learning courses will be provided in a format appropriate to the delivery
method of the course. Orientation for students enrolled in Internet courses will be “on-line” and will be available the
week before the first day of each semester. Access information will be available in the Student Services Building and
from the Library. Students must successfully complete orientation, including passing a brief quiz, by the first day of
instruction.

The Distance Learning Coordinator is available to provide assistance and technical support to students enrolled in
distance learning courses. The Coordinator is also available to work with SEARK College faculty in developing new
distance learning courses.

Campus and community representatives who wish to schedule events using the Compressed Interactive Video
equipment should contact the Distance Learning Coordinator or the Dean of the Library and Distance Learning Division.
Charges for the use of equipment may apply.

LEARNING ASSISTANCE LABORATORY
SEARK College’s Learning Assistance Laboratory is located in Technology Center – North, Rooms 208-210. The
Learning Lab is staffed and open to all enrolled students working on SEARK College class work. The Lab’s staff works
diligently to support classroom instruction by providing computer programs and tutorials in all areas of study offered at
SEARK College.

LIBRARY
The Southeast Arkansas College Library, located in Founders Hall, supports the instructional programs of the College
and provides learning resources for students, faculty, and staff. The library’s collection includes books, periodicals,
videos and DVDs and electronic information resources. Internet capable computers, TVs with VCRs or DVD players,
audio players, and a coin-operated photocopier are available for student use in the Library.
Library services include; Library orientation and/or instruction for groups or individuals; reference and reader’s advisory
service; Interlibrary Loan to obtain material not available on campus; and a reserve collection where resources for
specific courses are held for use in the Library upon the instructor’s request. The Library also hosts traveling exhibits and
displays of the works of local artists.

The Library’s catalog is Internet based and can be accessed from the College’s web site at http://www.seark.edu or at
www.youseemore.com/searkcollege. The catalog provides information on the Library’s collections and links to other
information sources, as well as calendars with current and up-coming library and campus events. The Library’s hours
and contact information are also located on the web site.

The Library complies with the Copyright Laws of the United States and honors all applicable usage and license
agreements. The Library also supports the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read
Statement, and Code of Ethics. The Library’s collection development policy and procedure for responding to challenged
material are included in the current Policy Manual for the Library and Distance Learning Division.

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
The Student Support Services (SSS) program provides students with opportunities for academic development, assists
with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their
postsecondary education. The SSS program may also provide financial aid to participants who are receiving Federal Pell
Grants. The goals of SSS are to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants, to facilitate the
process of students’ transitioning from one level of higher education to the next, and to foster an institutional climate
supportive of their success.

PARKING PERMIT
Each student will be issued a Southeast Arkansas College Parking Permit at Registration. There is no charge for the
first Parking Permit, but there is a $5.00 charge for replacement permits or additional permits. Permits may be purchased
in the Business Office. Tickets will be issued for: Parking in a Handicapped/Disabled Space without Decal – $50; Parking
in a No Parking Area – $10; Parking on grass – $10; No Permit displayed-$10; Reckless/unsafe driving- $25; Double
Parking-$10; and Parking in Reserved Area for Faculty and Staff – $10.

STUDENT IDENTIFICATION (ID) CARDS
Each student will be issued a Southeast Arkansas College Photo Identification Card during Registration. ID cards are
issued for the academic year, but must be validated each semester. There is no charge for the first ID card, but there is
a $5.00 charge for replacement cards. Student are requested to have their ID cards while on campus.

BULLETIN BOARDS & NOTICES ON CAMPUS
Specific bulletin boards for posting signs and notices are available for use by students and campus organizations.
Recognized student groups may post signs, fliers, etc; by having the advisor sign and date the notice in the lower right
hand corner. The Vice President for Student Affairs or the Associate Vice President for College Relations must approve
all other signs and notices for posting. Unauthorized notices will be removed, and unauthorized solicitors will be asked to
leave campus.

Students, faculty, and administrators are responsible for the removal of outdated signs and posters. All notices should be
removed two weeks after they have been dated or 24 hours after the advertised event has taken place.

COMMON EXAMS
Certain courses will have a Common Final Exam. The weight of the Common Final Exam is determined by the
department issuing the exam and will be announced by the instructor on the first day of class.

PRINTING PROCESS AND PROCEDURE
Beginning in the 2008 Fall Semester, students will be issued, 20 “free prints” per student semester credit hour. Once the
“prints” are used up, the student can purchase more at the Cashier’s Office at a cost of 10 cents for black and white
copies and 15 cents for color copies. (Not all labs and classrooms have color printers.) For a student enrolled in 12
semester credit hours, for example, there will be 240 prints awarded.

WEBADVISOR
WebAdvisor is a portal to SEARK College’s data system. Students, faculty, and staff can look up information and make
transactions. Students can view grades, transcript history, register for courses, and make payments among many other
functions. Capabilities for faculty members include viewing course rosters, inputting student grades, etc.