In the 2014-15 academic year, SAA had 59 graduates making the total number of SAA degrees awarded at ATU to 408. From these 59, 44 are currently employed in higher education; 11 are employed outside of higher education by choice; 1 is not job seeking by choice; 3 are assumed to be actively job seeking for employment in higher education or their status is unknown. Based on this information, 92% of graduates wanting to work in the field of higher education are employed within the first year.
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From Our Alumni
Tracey Hale, Arkansas Tech University
"I have been in California for my son's graduation from the Marine Corps boot camp and while there I met a couple of university employees from other states who were all grad students enrolled in a similar SAA program. We discussed the classes and the material covered and it was very similar. Everyone seemed to have a positive attitude about how the programs have influenced them in their current positions and given them a better understanding of students and the various university departments. It was really cool to talk to other students in these programs and know that the education I am getting from ATU is so closely aligned with what other schools offer."
Chasity Huchingson, National Park Community College
"I would recommend the SAA masters program to anyone! I learned a plethora of information concerning students that I can apply to my job each and every day. The instructors are very caring and there to assist you in all your needs no matter what they may be. I recently received a promotion within my office that I would not have gotten had I not had my masters. I am grateful for this program and to all the instructors!"
Sonya Thomas, University of Arkansas Community College at Hope
"The SAA Program is wonderful. The support I received from the staff, instructors and fellow classmates was outstanding. I would definitely recommend this program to my friends. As a matter of fact, I have a friend that will be starting the program Fall 2010. I would especially like to thank Dr. Underwood for all of her help and support. Another positive aspect of this program is that its offered online and that gave me the opportunity to continue to work and earn a Masters Degree at the same time."
Joe Gilgour, State Fair Community College
"My first employer after graduation, the college Vice President, told me that my degree in SAA set me above the other candidates and made it possible to justify the salary I had requested. Currently I am finishing my Ed. D in Higher Education Administration and that would not have been possible without the great faculty and staff at ATU who helped me get started! I am looking forward to a long career serving students, and I have ATU to thank!"
Victor F. Saldivar, University of the Incarnate Word
"The SAA program prepared and developed me to attain the career path I desired after graduation. The education I received through the SAA program put me in a position to not only have a passion for what I do, but also to receive recognition at work and conferences. Dr. Underwood and the rest of the SAA staff really supported me from start to finish. Four years after graduation, the support and knowledge that comes from the program staff is what keeps me in contact with them still today."
Valerie Breashears, Arkansas Tech University
"Upon completing my SAA degree at Arkansas Tech I felt very confident and competitive with other young professionals in the field. In my first professional position I was able to work with several other recent graduates and noticed immediately how well prepared I was to work with students. If you want a well rounded curriculum with hands on practicum experience, then this is the program for you."
Kevin Farrell, Purdue University
"Arkansas Tech's Student Affairs Administration program has allowed me the opportunity to implement what I am learning throughout my daily career and use it in the class structure. The instructors were supportive, educated about the field, and offered not only professional advice but also personal experiences. I hesitated with doing the program and working a full-time position, but ended up looking forward to doing the work and learning how to be more effective in my job instantly."
David Hamilton, University of South Florida
"I have a bit of a unique perspective of the SAA department as I completed both my Undergraduate and Graduate degrees at Arkansas Tech University. While I have to credit my Undergraduate experience with teaching me who I am in the world, I believe that my time in the SAA program taught me how to make an impact on the world. I wouldn't be who I am without that knowledge. It was great to watch the growth that has occurred over the last few years. The atmosphere of the courses was great. I really do appreciate the time and energy put in by the faculty and staff to guarantee that anyone who wants to be, will be, successful in the program. Also, the quality of students allowed us all to grow together, personally and professionally, and helped us to push each other to that next level that makes SAA graduates a hot commodity in the collegiate environment."
Shanna Turney, Arkansas Tech University
"When I began the SAA program, I was scared to death of what the future might hold for me. I had just received my bachelors degree from Tech and truly loved the undergraduate program I was leaving. I had so many friends there, the faculty and staff could not have been more supportive and I wondered if I would find this connection in my new program. I had always been encouraged to follow my heart, wherever it may lead me; so while I was letting it lead, I was a bit skeptical about what working with a new program meant. On my first day, all of my fears were wiped away as I started the SAA program because not only do the faculty and staff in the SAA department teach how important it is to connect with students; they lead by example. I am very grateful for the hands-on experience I received while obtaining my degree and feel as though I am truly prepared for whatever job I may hold in the future. Without this experience, I would have never found my true calling in the career world and I would never have had the courage to accept my first job in Student Affairs! Thank you to all the faculty and staff who made my dream possible!"