Arkansas Education

Higher Education
4:23 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

UAPB Studying Nursing Baccalaureate Program

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is taking steps toward redeveloping a baccalaureate program in nursing.

The university is to conduct a feasibility study and the Arkansas State Nursing Board is to conduct an on-site survey. The board would have to approve the program, as would University of Arkansas Trustees and the state Higher Education Coordinating Board.

In 2010, UAPB's nursing program was suspended, which led to the school being barred from accepting new students.

New Technology
3:53 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Game Changer Of Education And Economic Development

Kezia Nanda


A brand new tool for research and economic development was unveiled on Monday at UALR.

The Emerging Analytics Center includes 35 screens with more than 50 million pixels offering high definition graphics for 3D applications.  Connected with a 3D floor projector, it allows the ability to “touch” the data and robotic “telepresence” equipment.

Governor Mike Beebe said, "It's kind of over my head from the standpoint of the technology of it. What's exciting is it's the only one in the world, apparently."

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Agricultural Research
9:36 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Grants For Sustainable Strawberry Projects Awarded


Close to $3 million in grant money is being awarded to 16 agricultural researchers to develop more sustainable methods for growing strawberries.

The project is funded by the Walmart Foundation and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability is administering the awards. Winners were announced Wednesday.

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Local & Regional News
3:33 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

New Workshop Exposes Children To Food Crafts

The Central Arkansas Library System's Children’s Library is hosting the Home Grown workshop Saturday to promote healthy living for children and families.

The Clinton School sponsored event aims to engage kids with cooks, farmers, and other experts, and expose them to new skills and information.  

One of the event planners, Britney Sink, says the workshop is important as some kids haven’t been exposed to cooking or gardening. 

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Local & Regional News
5:57 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Many Arkansas College Students To See Hike In Tuition

Students on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen Law School campus.
Credit / UALR

Many Arkansas college students will see a hike in tuition next year. Officials said Thursday that the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees approved a 3.5 percent increase in tuition and fees at the Fayetteville campus beginning with the fall 2013 semester.

University officials say the hike will raise average undergraduate in-state tuition and fees to $7,818 for two full semesters. That's an increase of $246 per student.

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Local & Regional News
11:24 am
Thu May 23, 2013

UA, ASU Boards Vote To Opt Out Of Campus Gun Law

Students on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus
Credit UALR Facebook page

Arkansas' two largest university systems are opting out of a new state law allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus.  

The University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University boards on Thursday voted unanimously to continue banning concealed firearms on campus.

The bans will apply to UA's 11 campuses and ASU's four campuses. Arkansas Tech University's board was also voting on its policy regarding the gun law.  

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Concealed Carry on Campus
11:53 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

University Boards So Far Opting Out; UA, ASU To Decide Concealed Carry

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Thursday the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet and vote on whether to allow permitted faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on its campuses throughout the state.

The Arkansas State University Board is also expected to vote on the matter Thursday.

The state legislature recently passed a law that gives colleges the choice, though all schools that have voted so far have opted out of allowing concealed weapons on campus.

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Academic Challenge Scholarship
9:50 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Central Baptist College In Conway Offers Freshmen Full State Scholarship Award

Terry Kimbrow, president Central Baptist College in Conway.
Credit Malcolm Glover / KUAR

Colleges and universities across Arkansas will have to find ways to keep enrollment up, now that there will be significant cuts to state scholarship programs.

When the Arkansas Department of Higher Education didn’t get the additional $7 million it requested from the state legislature to shore up expected shortfalls, President Terry Kimbrow of Central Baptist College in Conway knew his team had to act.

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Local & Regional News
7:18 am
Wed May 22, 2013

UA System President Recommends Schools Opt Out Of Gun Law

Donald R. Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System.
Credit Jacob Slaton / Clinton School Photography

The president of the University of Arkansas system is recommending its 11 campuses opt out of a law allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus. 

A spokesman on Tuesday said UA System President Donald Bobbitt will recommend that the schools continue banning concealed handguns on campus. The UA Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on the recommendation Thursday.

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Arkansas Schools
6:33 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Arkansas Takes Over Mineral Springs School District

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Arkansas has taken over the financially struggling Mineral Springs School District, dissolving the southwest Arkansas district's school board.

Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell on Thursday announced the state had taken over the district, which had been classified as fiscally distressed in December. The state Education Department says the district faces a severe budget deficit and doesn't have sufficient cash flow to finish the fiscal year.

Acting district Superintendent Bill Blackwood will stay on board until Kimbrell appoints a new superintendent.

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