Arkansas Education

The University of Arkansas has announced the start of a fundraising campaign that officials hope will raise $1 billion.

The university said in a news release that the money raised by Campaign Arkansas would be used to support academics, including scholarships and fellowships, endowed chairs, interdisciplinary academic programs and capital projects that include renovation of existing facilities.

UA Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said that without increases in state funding, private fundraising is needed to support the programs and projects.

Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Revenue from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery was up $3.8 million in August compared to the same month last year, totaling $35 million.

This month lottery officials are celebrating the 7th anniversary of its creation, which was authorized by Arkansas voters in 2008. Lottery Director Bishop Woosley spoke with KUAR about how the lottery is doing.

MICHAEL HIBBLEN: First, what's your reaction to this latest revenue report?

Doug Whitlock Chuck Welch Arkansas State University ASU
George Jared / Talk Business & Politics

Dr. Doug Whitlock and his wife, Joanne, planned to spend their 48th wedding anniversary in the quiet solitude of retirement. But Arkansas State University needed a new chancellor to calm the proverbial waters after the controversial exit of former Chancellor Tim Hudson.

Asa Hutchinson
Arkansas Times

Arkansas is launching a regional and statewide coding competition to help promote the state's initiative to expand computer science classes in high school.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Wednesday that the competition will feature eight simultaneous regional competitions across the state, with the top two teams from each regional event receiving an invitation to participate in the statewide competition.

UALR Chancellor Andrew Rogerson
Chris Hickey / KUAR News


Dr. Andrew Rogerson has not quite completed a full week as the 10th chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Taking over from longtime Chancellor Joel Anderson, who retired this year, Rogerson comes to UALR from Sonoma State University in California, where he served as provost.

Arkansas State University System President Charles Welch has named a former president of Eastern Kentucky University as interim chancellor.

Welch says Doug Whitlock will serve as interim chancellor at the ASU campus in Jonesboro starting Sept. 12. Whitlock replaces Tim Hudson, who resigned in August after internal audits criticized the school's study abroad program run by Hudson's wife.

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Lynita Cooksey has been acting chancellor since Hudson's resignation.

prison jail department of correction
Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

For the first time in over 20 years, Arkansas prisoners will have access to federal grants to go to college.

Shorter College in North Little Rock has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as part of a three year experiment to send inmates to school.

Shorter College says it will offer a two-year associate degree in business to 250 selected inmates as part of the program.   

Secretary interior Sally jewell transportation secretary Anthony Foxx National Park Service Ranger Jodi Morris
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Two members of President Obama’s cabinet visited Little Rock Tuesday, getting a firsthand look at the historic Central High School. It was part of a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR

Governor Asa Hutchinson is traveling the state this week touting computer coding in schools. Last year over four thousand students took high school level computer science courses as part of a statewide initiative.

During a stop Monday at Bryant High School, Hutchinson tried to raise excitement among students, saying coding skills are needed in every field. Hutchinson formerly served as Secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush. He talked about the 2013 terrorist attack in Boston. 

Governor's Radio Column: Higher Ed Funding

Aug 20, 2016
Governor Asa Hutchinson radio address
Office of the Governor

The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio column for the weekend of Aug. 19, 2016:

As another school year begins, many recent high school graduates are gearing up for their first semester of college. It’s an exciting time for our students as they explore their academic passions and lay the foundations for a promising career path.