Me: Has Chancellor Gearhart or any employees of his office been interviewed by the FBI about UA financial matters?
UA: No one from the Federal Bureau of Investigation has contacted anyone at the university.
Once the interviews are completed, the committee members review each applicant’s complete application file and give them a ranking of one to seven.
“Then we simply take those, add them up and divide by 15, and then we come up with an average score of (all) students. Students are put into one organic rank list. Then we go through where we would cut if (we were to admit last year’s class size of) just 174. Then we have to go up and count to make sure we have 27 people from each district. Almost always we don’t, so in that case we have to go down lower and displace some people who were in district two with people who were lower on the admissions committee’s list to get at least 27 from each district. We do sometimes displace people from the bottom of the list who would have otherwise been admitted,” Wheeler said.
“It just drives me nuts if we don’t answer people in a timely way.”
On Nov. 2, Gearhart met with university trustees and Bobbitt in a closed session to talk about the Advancement Division’s financial problems. In an interview later, the chancellor said they talked ‘about asking university system auditors to come in. In discussing it with Dr. Bobbitt and members of the board, they didn’t feel it was necessary to do it.
In a letter delivered today to the General Assembly’s Joint Auditing Committee, Norman said:
“As you know, the above-referenced Investigative Report was discussed at the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee’s September 13, 2013 meeting. While under oath, witnesses presented conflicting testimony regarding the alleged destruction of budget-related documents in the Division of University Advancement.
“Ark. Code Ann. § 10-4-419(c)(1) states: “The Legislative Auditor shall notify and cooperate with the appropriate prosecuting attorney on all matters that appear to involve a criminal offense.” Based on the testimony presented, I determined that the testimony given at the September 13, 2013 meeting should be forwarded to the appropriate prosecuting attorney for further review. That has been done.”
“I guess I fail to see what would be so proprietary in nature that the university would be so protective of that,” Mayberry said.
“But it seems to be part of a more overall approach or perhaps a lack of transparency, or maybe it’s just a perception of such,” Mayberry told [Chancellor David] Gearhart. “How can the university in your opinion address that perception that the university is not being as open and forthcoming with information as perhaps it should be with people of the state?”
“We believe it is a competitive disadvantage to us if we released that information. We are trying to keep our expenses at the Razorback Foundation and intercollegiate athletics as low as we can, and our feeling is that this is information that would hurt us in contract negotiations with other teams,” he said.
Files which, if disclosed, would give advantage to competitors or bidders; and (b)(i) records maintained by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission related to any business entity’s planning, site location, expansion, operations, or product development/marketing, unless approval for release of such records is granted by the business entity; (ii) provided, however, this exemption shall not be applicable to any records of expenditures or grants made or administered by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and otherwise disclosable under the provisions of this chapter;
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Researchers in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas surveyed nearly 11,000 students and compared responses between those who took a field trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville and those who did not. They found that students who took the field trips learned more about art, demonstrated stronger critical thinking skills, displayed higher tolerance, exhibited greater historical empathy, and developed more of a taste for art museums compared to students who did not go on the field trip. The results offer implications for everyone from parents to policymakers.But good on them. At its core, the message is the same thing I say to university administrators determined to strangle the liberal arts in favor of more practical pursuits like studying how to improve the Walmart profit margins in the Walton business school or studying how to bust teacher unions in the Walton "reform" school or studying how to apply science to chicken growing in the Tyson poultry department. Broader education in even the most esoteric of fields — even !art! — has beneficial consequences. A college classmate of mine got a Ph.D. in philosophy that propelled him to ocean-going yacht owner status as a manager of mutual funds. I wish I'd gone on the field trip he took.
What: News conference on research results
When: 9:30-10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 16
Where: Great Hall at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville
Speakers: Alice Walton, chair of the museum’s board of directors; Jay Greene, University of Arkansas professor of education reform; Brian Kisida, senior research associate in the University of Arkansas department of education reform; Rod Bigelow, Crystal Bridges executive director; Anne Kraybill, Crystal Bridges school programs manager
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