UACCM, UCA Establish 'Bear Partners' Program

University of Central Arkansas President Houston Davis and University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton Chancellor Larry Davis signed a memorandum of understanding establishing the Bear Partners program during a ceremony on June 18 inside the Student Union on campus. 

(L-R) UCA President Dr. Houston Davis and UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis
(Back Row L-R) UCA Associate Provost for Instructional Support Kurt Boniecki, UCA Interim Provost & Executive Vice President Michael Hargis, UCA Board of Trustees Chair Joe Whisenhunt, UCA Board of Trustees Vice Chair Robert "Bunny" Adcock, UACCM Board of Visitors Chair Doug Brandon, UACCM Board of Visitors members Paulette Smith and Joe Canady

The partnership gives UACCM students who are pursing an associate degree the opportunity to participate in campus activities and access to academic resources at UCA.

“Both campuses are very strongly student-centered and focused on creating an environment emphasizing student success,” said Chancellor Davis. “The UCA-UACCM Bear Partners program was formed to essentially treat those identified students as UCA and UACCM students concurrently with both schools working with and tracking students to graduation here and there.”

Highlights of the Bear Partners program include the following:

  • UCA ID card
  • Admission to regular season UCA athletic events
  • Admission to select Reynolds Performance Hall events
  • Access to Torreyson Library resources (in-person or online)
  • Apply for the Bear Partner scholarship
  • Application fee waiver when student transfers to UCA

The Bear Partner Scholarship will be awarded to one UACCM student annually, and will cover tuition and mandatory fees up to 15 hours per semester, for a maximum of four consecutive Fall/Spring semesters or through completion of a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first.

UACCM will select and notify the annual scholarship recipient by May 1, 2019. You must be an admitted Bear Partner student by April 1, 2019 to receive consideration for the award. For more information about the application process, please contact Bobbi Yarbrough at or (501) 208-5303.

UCA and UACCM currently have 35 existing “2+2” transfer agreements, providing a clear pathway to both an associate degree at UACCM and a baccalaureate at UCA. These agreements allow students to seamlessly transfer to UCA with no loss of credits.

“We have our transfer agreements that provide a clear path to a bachelor’s education, and the Bear Partners program builds upon those existing relationships,” said President Davis. “This is adding the student experiential element for students and helps to complete their full collegiate experience.”

UACCM students can enroll in the Bear Partners program by visiting


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