Arkansas Education

4:39 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Arkansas Education Officials Announce Program To Increase Higher Ed Degrees

Arkansas education officials are announcing a program they say will help with Governor Mike Beebe’s initiative to double the number of Arkansans with college degrees by 2025.

Noting "some college is better than no college," education officials say they’ll use a grant from the Kresge Foundation to put a system in place so the state’s community colleges and universities can blend student information.

The idea is that associates degrees would be awarded to students who transferred to a university from a two-year college and have amassed enough credits for a diploma.

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Local & Regional News
5:54 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Education Officials Want Greater Degree Completion

Arkansas education officials are touting a plan to enable more Arkansas college students to complete their degrees.

Leaders in higher education are to gather on Wednesday to announce an initiative that's intended to help more people stick with their studies.

The effort is part of an initiative announced by Gov. Mike Beebe two years ago to double the number of college graduates in Arkansas by 2025.

Local & Regional News
5:42 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Community College In Hot Springs To Raise Tuition And Fees

Tuition and fees will be rising at National Park Community College in Hot Springs by $9 per credit hour.

NPCC's Board of Trustees has voted to raise tuition nearly 7.5 percent - or $5 per hour - and to raise the technology fee by $3 per hour while adding a new $1 per hour activity-wellness fee.

One year's tuition and fees at NPCC will rise from $2,750 last year to $2,885 this year. Trustee Don Harrris told The Sentinel-Record that the increase is needed to offset declining enrollment.

Budget Shortfalls
5:16 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Beebe Seeks $1.1 Million For Underfunded Grant Program

Arkansas helps pay out-of-state tuition for certain programs not offered in-state, like dentistry.
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With the Department of Higher Education confronting a shortfall in its budget for granting post-graduate students money to pursue specialties not offered in-state, Governor Mike Beebe is requesting that lawmakers use rainy-day funds to cover the program for one more year.

The department normally grants tuition money for Arkansas students who pursue degrees in fields like veterinary medicine, optometry and dentistry. The financial needs of these and similar grant programs have lately exceeded the 28 million dollars allocated by lawmakers.

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Local & Regional News
5:53 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Legislators To Get Arkansas Lottery Update

The legislative committee that oversees the Arkansas lottery is to get an update on scholarship awards and on the lottery's finances.

The Lottery Oversight Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Lottery Director Bishop Woosley is to describe the lottery's financial picture.

Interim Higher Education Department Director Shane Broadway is to update legislators on lottery-funded scholarship awards, of which students are presently being notified.

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Local & Regional News
5:49 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Little Rock School District To Host Job Fair

The largest school district in Arkansas is preparing to hold a teacher job fair. The Little Rock School District is looking for teachers in a wide variety of subjects.

The job fair runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hall of Industry on the Arkansas State Fairgrounds next to Barton Coliseum on Roosevelt Road.

The district says principals and administrators will interview prospective candidates for positions.

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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