SAU Honors College

The SAU Honors College was founded in 2003 by Dr. David Rankin, president of SAU. Dr. Lynne Belcher served as founding director and recently retired from SAU. The Honors College seeks and admits qualified students who seek to pursue a serious academic program with equally gifted peers and committed teachers. Honors classes are small and provide academically enriching opportunities for students and the faculty who teach them. Currently, SAU enrolls nearly 170 honors students and graduates about 66% of admitees in four years or less. Anyone interested in applying to the Honors College or seeking further information should contact the director, Dr. Edward P. Kardas at or at 870 904-8897.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

SAU and NPC Sign MOU for Honors 2 + 2

The SAU Honors College welcomes its newest honors 2 + 2 partner, National Park College.

With this addition the Honors College now has four two-year partners. These 2 + 2 memoranda enable students from those two-year colleges to earn honors credits during their time there and then transfer those credits towards SAU's 24 hour honors credit minimum.

These 2 + 2 programs benefit students and their respective schools. Without them transferring into the SAU Honors College would be nearly impossible because, with only junior and senior years left, those students would have difficulty in reaching the honors credit minimum.

The new Honors Arkansas group fully supports two-year honors programs and is working to implement such MOUs statewide as part of its mission to:

  • stop brain drain
  • attract new out-of-state honors-qualified students
  • make honors education more important to statewide leaders by collecting data on honors in the state
  • create a common pipeline from the two-year schools to the honors colleges  

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