UA Little Rock and Tulsa Community College Partnership
An interstate collaboration between the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) and Tulsa (OK) Community College began with the spring 2008 semester. Students who had an Associate’s Degree with Tulsa Community College’s Interpreter Education Program continued their studies to complete the UA Little Rock’s BA degree in Interpretation: ASL/English via a hybrid model of distance education (i.e. on-site in Tulsa, interactive video classroom, and online).
The program involves distance education delivery and periodic travel of the UA Little Rock faculty to the Tulsa area to deliver the content-specific courses to complete the BA degree. Students are required to travel to Little Rock for the service learning component of one course. Other courses with service learning components permit students to satisfy course requirements in their home vicinity. All students are required to complete a minor in Educational Interpreting. All courses originating at UA Little Rock are web-enhanced, so students must have access to high-speed internet and have a webcam available to them.
This model is designed to provide advanced interpreter education at the baccalaureate level through a collaborative effort across state lines. The critical shortage of interpreters in rural communities demands a new look at the delivery system in interpreter education such as this program allows. UA Little Rock is at the forefront to fill the gap in higher interpreter education within the northeast Oklahoma, southwest Missouri, and northwest Arkansas region.
During its initial period (2008-2010), a cohort of 10 students began taking classes in the summer of 2008. All 10 of them graduated in the spring of 2010. (see photo above)
The second cohort of ten students began taking classes in the summer of 2011. All 10 of them graduated in spring of 2013.
The third cohort of four students began taking class in the summer of 2014 and graduated in the fall of 2016.
The fourth cohort of seven students begin taking classes in fall of 2016 and graduated in spring of 2020. Future cohorts will be scheduled as the need demands and is dependent on grant funding.
How to Participate in the UA Little Rock/TCC Partnership
Those who are interested in participating in this next cohort, should send a letter of interest to the UA Little Rock Interpreter Education Program. The admission process will begin and a maximum of 25 students will be admitted. For more information about the UA Little Rock/TCC Partnership, please contact the Interpreter Education Program; School of Counseling, Human Performance, and Rehabilitation (CHPR) at 501-569-3169.
- AA Interpreting degree from Tulsa Community College or equivalent with GPA of 2.0 or higher
- QAST Level 1/1 or equivalent
- UA Little Rock Admission (complete application, send transcripts)
As funding is available, students pursuing the UA Little Rock Interpreting BA in Tulsa are eligible to compete for semester-by-semester scholarships from the OSEP grant awarded to UA Little Rock’s Interpreter Education Program. For more information about scholarships, please contact the Interpreter Education Program; School of Counseling, Human Performance, and Rehabilitation (CHPR) at 501-569-3169.