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Heber Springs

About ASU-Beebe at Heber Springs

Arkansas State University-Beebe at Heber Springs, a center of ASU-Beebe, began in early 1997 when a group of Heber Springs citizens gathered to discuss the possibility of having a college campus in Cleburne County. In the Fall of 1997, ASU-Beebe agreed to offer courses in Heber Springs, using classrooms at Heber Springs High School. As time progressed, classes were held in the Courthouse Annex on Main Street using part-time faculty as well as "compressed" or interactive video courses.

The community continued to show support for the Heber Springs campus, and in 2000, the voters of Cleburne County voted to support the campus with sales tax revenue. As the campus grew, a search began in earnest to find a suitable site for the campus that would allow growth to continue. 

The need for a permanent home became apparent as student demand continued unabated, and in 2000, the first Heber Springs campus facility was built in the Cleburne County Industrial Park on Highway 210 East. This facility is now known as the Latimer Center and is home to several campus programs.

In 2006, ASU-Beebe purchased 249 acres including Sugarloaf Mountain on the east side of the City of Heber Springs. Construction on the Heber Springs campus, at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain, began in 2006 and Phase I of the campus, consisting of an academic and a student services building was completed in 2007.

ASU-Beebe is thankful for the support of the people, businesses, and governments within Cleburne County. Special thanks to Dr. Dianne Tiner, who came to Heber Springs as Vice Chancellor in 2001.  The Heber Springs campus and the university owes much to Dr. Tiner for her vision and for her leadership.

Additionally, Steve Storm was the first full-time faculty member at Heber Springs campus. Storm taught physics, physical science, and math courses.  Students fondly remember Mr. Storm's patient manner in teaching and quick sense of humor.  Storm retired from ASU-Beebe in May of 2008 and passed away in August of 2008.

Whether pursuing an associate degree or taking classes to enter the workforce, both options are available to students at ASU-Beebe. 

Transfer degrees and services are available to assist students to identify their goals and to provide appropriate information, resources and guidance to ensure successful transfer to a school of their choice so they can reach their fullest potential. In addition to transfer degrees, the university also offers programs in specialty areas such as Welding Technology and Hospitality Administration/Culinary.

 

Students also have access to Student Support Services. A part of the Federal Trio Programs, Student Support Services provides eligible students with additional tutoring and other activities promoting student success.