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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a professional matter, I've been halfway dreading Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy. The 2016 Democratic nomination appears to be hers for the asking. Democrats enjoy a strong Electoral College advantage. And yet it's hard to imagine how she can overcome the unrelenting hostility of the Washington media clique.
Asa Hutchinson seems so much nicer about his belief in legal discrimination. But the result is more dangerous. You can be falsely lulled, as the national press has been, into believing Hutchinson is a moderate.
The Little Rock Police Department has assigned an extra patrol to the Centennial Park area after a complaint by a property owner got Mayor Mark Stodola's attention. Paul Dodds, who lives on West 17th Street and Park and whose company Urban Frontier LLC has fixed up 10 properties for sale and rent and owns several more, emailed Stodola, the city board of directors and the police chief on Sunday. Stodola today directed City Manager Bruce Moore to increase "directed patrols" in the park area and "have Entergy light this place up like it is daytime. With summer break upon us we need to stifle this activity before it gets worse."
The first big task for the Health Reform Legislative Task Force, the task force pushed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson to examine alternatives to the private option, is hiring a consultant. The task force met today and examined and discussed six proposals, narrowing the list down to four candidates .