The Arkansas Department of Higher Education is reporting an increase in the state's six-year college graduation rate.
The department says 40.8 percent of students who entered college in 2006 had received a degree six years later - an increase from 39.5 percent last year and up from 37 percent five years ago. Still - more improvement is needed to meet Gov. Mike Beebe's stated goal of doubling the number of Arkansans with a degree by 2025.
An Arkansas lawmaker says she's changing her proposal that would have extended cheaper in-state tuition rates to some immigrants who came to the United States illegally.
Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott has struggled to find support for the bill and said Tuesday that she'll amend it to leave it up to each institution to determine its criteria for extending in-state tuition.
The change will require the state Higher Education Coordinating Board to set up the rules for the in-state rates, and would require them to be consistent with state and federal law.
The state's largest business lobbying organization is joining advocates in urging Arkansas lawmakers to approve extending cheaper in-state tuition rates to some students who came to the country illegally.
The head of the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas on Wednesday announced his group is backing the proposal by Democratic Senator Joyce Elliott to grant in-state tuition rates anyone who has attended an Arkansas high school for at least three years and has an Arkansas high school diploma or general education diploma in the state.
Arkansas Republican Asa Hutchinson outlined plans to protect schools from violence Tuesday, as part of a national “School Shield” program backed by the National Rifle Association.
Hutchinson, a GOP candidate for Governor in 2014, presented eight recommendations from the 225-page report that included placing trained armed guards in schools. He says there is a two-tier system of security in the nation’s schools.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has renamed its eight Area Health Education Centers across the state. The centers known as AHECs provide health education programs and some also have primary care clinics.