Purtle Advising Center

The “PAC”

The Purtle Advising Center (PAC) was established in March 2019, under the Title III Grant “Strengthening UAHT by Improving Retention”. Named after the former space that was used as collaboration and meeting space for faculty and staff courtesy of Carolyn and Ned Ray Purtle. The Title III Grant is for five consecutive years and began on October 1, 2018. Projects to come under the Title III Grant include extending the PAC Advising Program to the U of A Texarkana Campus and upgrading technology to support retention and the UAHT Advising Program.

UAHT Mission: to connect students and community partners to quality academic and technical education, beneficial student support services, customized business and industry training, community development endeavors, and prevailing educational opportunities through exemplary and timely educational technologies, effective content delivery methods, and efficient organizational structures in an environment of integrity and respect that fosters student success, economic improvement, and civic and cultural enrichment.

UAHT Vision Values: Student-Focused, Diversity, Versatility, and Quality

UAHT Advising Mission Statement: Academic advising at UAHT is a developmental process which considers students’ academic needs, goals, interests and prior education. Academic advisors promote student success and increase student enrollment and retention by promoting and recruiting for programs, referring students at risk or in need of additional resources with the primary objective to assist with making informed decisions concerning their educational goals.

Academic advising is an interactive process in which the advisor helps the student set and achieve academic goals, acquire relevant information and services, and make responsible decisions consistent with interests, goals, abilities, and degree requirements. The relationship between an advisor and student is a shared responsibility.(NACADA)

Hours & Location

Main Office:
Hope Campus
Student Center Room 200, 2nd floor

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
*With the exceptions of state holidays and approved UAHT summer schedules.

For Appointments contact us at: 870-722-8124 or PAC@uaht.edu

For Appointments contact us at: 870-722-8124 or PAC@uaht.edu

Transfer Advising

Students who want to obtain their associates degree at UAHT and then transfer to another institution for a bachelors degree can benefit from these services with the PAC Transfer Advising Coach, Aimee Hooker.

Please go to the PAC Transfer Advising for complete information and tools: UAHT Transfer and Advising Services

  1. Personalized Transfer Advising
  2. Scholarship Information
  3. Assistance with Online Applications for Transfer Process
  4. Knowledge of Transfer Credit and Course Equivalencies
  5. Official Degree Audits
  6. Connections with Other Campus Offices and Representatives

UAHT Transferable Degrees:

  • AA General Education – transfer
  • AA Criminal Justice Focus
  • AA Human Services Focus
  • AA Social Work 2+2
  • AS Business Studies- 2+2 TAMUT
  • AS Business (Transfer to participating AR public colleges)
  • AS Education 2+2 UALR
  • AS Education 2+2 SAU

Health Professions Advising

Students with a Health Professions major with the exception of those who have already been accepted into a Health Professions program, can meet with the PAC Health Professions Advising Coach, Cassi Steed. 

UAHT Health Professions Degrees:

  • TC Health Professions
  • AA General Education BSN-TAMUT
  • AA General Education BSN-UAMS
  • AA General Education Health Professions transfer (students who are taking pre-requisites for a health related program at another institution) options:
    • Nursing
    • Dental Hygiene
    • OTA/PTA
    • Radiology/Sonography
    • PreMed
    • Other health related majors

Expectations of Academic Advisors

  • Create an environment in which students feel safe exploring their goals and ideas
  • Help students explore areas of study that correspond to their professional and educational goals and prepare an academic map
  • Listen to students’ questions and concerns and refer them appropriately for any help he or she is not equipped to provide (i.e. counseling, career pathways, etc.)
  • Provide accurate and up-to-date information
  • Teach students how to use campus technology including MyUAHT
  • Communicate with students regularly via their UAHT-issued email account
  • Equip students to feel confident in making their own academic decisions by arming them with knowledge
  • Respect students’ right to privacy regarding both academic and personal matters

Expectations of Students

  • Explore majors and careers, taking into account their interests, abilities, and values
  • Prepare in advance for advising appointments, coming up with a list of any pertinent questions, classes of interest, academic goals, etc.
  • Read and understand the policies detailed in the UAHT Student Handbook  and utilize campus resources as needed
  • Utilize campus technology to map out their academic path, track their goals, and plan each semester
  • Be familiar with the Academic Calendar, and be aware of upcoming deadlines
  • Check their MyUAHT-issued email regularly to ensure they receive up-to-date information in a timely fashion
  • Accept personal responsibility for their own decisions and actions
  • Prepare for graduation and/or transfer
  • Be aware of the rights provided to them under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords certain rights to students concerning the privacy of, and access to, their education records. Students may choose to complete and submit this form to the Registrar’s Office allowing the release of their education records to specified third parties. Please note that while this form authorizes UAHT to release education records to third parties, it does not obligate UAHT to do so. UAHT reserves the right to review and respond to requests for release of education records on a case-by-case basis.

Student Consent FERPA Form

Student Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana intends to comply fully with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. A student attending UAHT has the right to inspect and review all of his/her records that meet the definition of educational records. Student rights concerning access to educational records are defined in Public Law 98-380 as amended by Public Law 93-568 (also known as the Buckley Amendment and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974). The following information, which is considered to be directory information, will be subject to public disclosure unless the student informs the Registrar in writing before the eleventh class day of each regular term and the fifth class day of summer terms that he/she does not want any or all of these types of information designated as directory information: student’s name; address; email address, photograph, telephone number; date and place of birth; major field of study; classification by year; number of hours in which enrolled and number completed; participation in officially recognized activities and organizations; dates of attendance including matriculation and withdrawal dates; degrees, scholarships, honors and awards received, including type and date granted; and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended. Students have the right to request the amendment of his/her educational records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of his/her privacy or other rights. A student may consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in his/her education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Students may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning an alleged failure by UAHT to comply with the requirements of FERPA. To obtain a copy of the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana’s FERPA policy, contact the Registrar’s Office.

For additional information, visit the U.S. Dept. of Education’s website at www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.

Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders

What is Supplemental Instruction?

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of weekly review sessions available to any student who wants a better understanding of what they are learning in class.

These group study sessions are held outside of class and led by a trained SI leader. Students have the opportunity to compare notes, improve their study habits, and talk about important concepts. This is more than a study hall. The SI leader is present for every session and guides the group through the material.

The link to the SI Leader Application is: https://forms.gle/j3LcfTYTrowR69sL8

Contact Dr. Rhoda Deon at rhoda.deon@uaht.edu

You could be a SI Leader if you

  1. Are available to work 10-12 hours per week for $10/hr
  2. Passed the course you will support with an A or B
  3. Have the flexibility to regularly attend the course you are supporting
  4. Can attend SI Leader training a few days before and during the semester
  5. Want to build your resume by learning how to plan/facilitate online workshops
  6. Would like to grow as a leader
  7. Like being mentored and mentoring others

SI Leaders Do’s and Don'ts

SI Leaders DO: 

  • Attend all class sessions
  • Meet regurlarly with faculty
  • Plan SI Sessions in advance
  • Maintain a professional attitude
  • Encourage students to attend class
  • Train in using active learning techniques

SI Leaders DON’T: 

  • Re-lecture
  • Work homework problems
  • Grade assignments and exams
  • Answer faculty addressed e-mails
  • Teach class in the instructor’s absence
  • Tell students SI is a substitute for class

Personal Intervention/Academic Concerns
Design and pilot advising services directed towards at risk students
Track student advising sessions
Attend all necessary trainings
Advising Coach coming in 2020!

Career Advising
Design and pilot career advising services
Track student advising sessions
Attend all necessary trainings
Advising Coach coming in 2021!

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a program that uses Peer SI Leaders to help students master content and develop effective learning and study strategies applicable to that course. Peer SI leaders are paid peer tutors.


Responsibilities Qualifications
  • Participate in training
  • Lead SI sessions for courses where students historically have had difficulty succeeding.
  • Meet regularly with faculty member teaching assigned course.
  • Attend assigned course section.
  • Hold 2 SI sessions per week.
  • Submit all required documentation on time.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Grade of A or B in courses to which they are assigned.
  • Faculty recommendation.
  • Strong oral communication skills.
  • Willing and able to complete training before beginning of first semester of employment.

For Appointments contact us at: 870-722-8124 or PAC@uaht.edu

The PAC Team

Aimee Hooker
Aimee Hooker
Title III Transfer Advising Coach
SC 203
Misty Hughes
Title III Activity Director/Director of Advising
SC 204
Ginger Russell
Ginger Russell
Title III Administrative Assistant
SC 200
Cassi Steed
Title III Health Professions Advising Coach
SC 202