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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 08:46:00

UALR copes: Realignment proposed for non-academic units

UALR's on-going studies of ways to streamline operations in the face of a budget crunch includes a recommendation to combine three non-academic units into a new school, with some possible reductions in staff.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 12:58:00

Tysons give $5 million for UA agriculture research

The Tyson family and Tyson Foods have made a $5 million gift to toward the Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences, a $16.3 million project of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 06:50:00

College cost increases outstrip any lottery 'fix'

Talk of a "fix" of the state lottery and its scholarship program overlook the dramatic rise in college costs that outstrips anything the scholarship program is able to provide.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 16:52:00

Southern Arkansas names Trey Berry as new president

The Southern Arkansas University Board of Trustees today chose Dr. Trey Berry, currently SAU provost, as the school's next president. He'll take office July 1 to succeed retiring president David Rank. He was one of three finalists.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 10:14:00

UA Board gets Tyson contribution to eVersity; hears UAMS needs

Tysons make $500,000 contribution to University of Arkansas eVersity startup.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 10:08:00

Gearhart retirement agreement includes a sabbatical, return to faculty at 80 percent of pay

G. David Gearhart, who'll retire July 31 as chancellor of the University of Arkansas, will get full pay for a year's sabbatical and then return to the faculty at 80 percent of pay, according to a copy of an agreement we received today.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 06:50:00

Following the money at Arkansas State University; who got improper discounts?

Legislative Audit released its review of Arkansas State University finances yesterday and it included a report on a topic suggested for review by ASU's internal auditor concerning student housing discounts given by Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lonnie Williams.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 20:46:00

ASU application for osteopathic medical school rejected; school to try again

Arkansas Business' Lee Hogan reports that an accrediting commission has turned down an application to open a branch of a New York osteopathic college of medicine at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. ASU says it will try again, with hopes to open the branch by 2016.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:11:00

UA's move online and its threat to campuses such as UALR

Carl Straumsheim of Inside Higher Ed reports here on the tension in University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt's aggressive move into online higher education and the heartburn that has caused for conventional UA campuses.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 16:17:00

Philander Smith College names Roderick Smothers new president

Philander Smith College, a historically black college in Little Rock, has hired its 14th president. Roderick Smothers, currently vice president of advancement at Huston-Tilloston University, succeeds Johnny Moore, who resigned abruptly earlier this year.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 10:18:00

UA-Fayetteville enrollment tops 26,000 for first time

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville says preliminary numbers show another record enrollment this fall, with 26,310 students, including a record freshman class.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:42:00

Arkansas State delays opening Mexican campus

Problems with water and power delivery have delayed the opening of a Mexican campus of Arkansas State University until 2016, ASU said in a news release.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 09:48:00

Go to UA-Fayetteville without even going

The University of Arkansas has announced it will offer an all online start-to-finish bachelor's degree in business administration starting in the fall.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 13:08:00

UCA approves a tuition hike for 2014-15

The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees unanimously approved a 3.86 percent increase in tuition and fees for the 2014-2015 school year for undergraduates. Graduate students will only feel a 3.71 percent ding. The increase is small relative to other jumps at Arkansas universities.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 11:05:00

University of Arkansas Board to consider undergrad tuition increases up to 6% for 2014-15

The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees agenda for its meeting Wednesday and Thursday in Hope outlines proposed tuition and mandatory fee increases for system campuses ranging from 3.5 percent at UAPB to 5 percent at the Fayetteville campus.

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Monday, May 19, 2014 - 09:40:00

Study: Students sacrifice to pay top university executive salaries

The New York Times reports a study that shows higher student debt and greater use of part-time faculty at public universities with the highest paid top executives. A good time to look at university executive pay in Arkansas, with tuition increases up for consideration this week by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 15:25:00

John Diamond, ousted at UA, hired at University of Wisconsin

John Diamond, fired as the top public affairs spokesman at the University of Arkansas amid his criticism of Chancellor David Gearhart for trying to cover up financial problems in the UA advancement division, has been hired as a top spokesman for the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014 - 15:35:00

University of Arkansas picks Pryor aide Randy Massanelli to be next lobbyist

The University of Arkansas announced today that Chancellor David Gearhart had picked Randy Massanelli, state director for U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, to succeed the retiring Richard Hudson as vice chancellor for governmental relations, or lobbyist, for the Fayetteville campus. He was chosen over Sen. Johnny Key of Mountain Home, who decided not to seek re-election so he could vie for the job, and Mac Campbell, a former aide to Sen. Blanche Lincoln and top Senate committee staffer.

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Monday, May 5, 2014 - 10:52:00

Condoleezza Rice: Red state/blue state divide

Readers have noted that Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state who spoke recently at the University of Arkansas, backed out of a speech at Rutgers University in New Jersey after weeks of campus protest over her role in the war in Iraq. Rice came and went at Fayetteville with little hubbub, but that wasn't the only big difference in the two appearances. Another was a whopping case of income inequality.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 06:56:00

UAMS drafts tuition fee increases for next year

UAMS continues to cope with tightened financial circumstances with a proposal to raise tuition and fees across the spectrum of educational programs on the campus, including a 10 percent increase for students in the College of Medicine.

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