You ask about UCA? UPDATE | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, November 13, 2008

You ask about UCA? UPDATE

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Many have inquired about the names of the many UCA students who received discretionary scholarships there in a program controlled by the university president. It has cost $300,000 or so a year. Students need not have demonstrated need or academic excellence to win the money.

I filed an FOI request for those names and got the denial I expected (on the jump).

I have not yet received a response to my question about how it is that UCA broadly interprets federal law to prohibit disclosure of these scholarship recipients' names when it and most other Arkansas universities announce any number of scholarship recipients every year -- from athletic to honors scholarships. Is it lawbreaking to say who's a scholarship football player and who's a walk-on? I don't think so. What's the difference here, besides the embarrassment factor for favored insiders? Perhaps Sen. Gilbert Baker would ask a little sunshine from his hometown university to assure us that no politicians enjoyed special favors there on account of their positions. Right, Gil-bo?

UPDATE: More's cooking on UCA, I believe. Predicted topic: installment payment plans for students. Most campuses offer such plans. It's in colleges' financial interest to be sure students meet their commitments to pay under these plans.

RESPONSE FROM UCA

I received the e-mail you forwarded from the Arkansas Times seeking the
names of all recipients of discretionary scholarships at UCA during the
current academic year and the three preceding academic years.

The university is unable to comply with the request.  Ark. Code Ann. §
25-19-105 set forth the exemptions to disclosure of public records.
Ark. Code Ann. § 25-19-105 (b)(2) exempts the disclosure of "education
records as defined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of
1974, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, unless their disclosure is consistent with the
provisions of that act."

FERPA prohibits the disclosure of education records to third parties
without the written consent of the student.  Education records are
broadly defined broadly by FERPA as "records, files, documents and other
materials which ... contain information directly related to a student;
and ... are maintained by an educational agency or institution."  

In my opinion, the records sought by the Arkansas Times are exempt from
disclosure. 

Let me know if I can answer any questions. 

Jack Gillean
Vice President for Administration

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (12)

Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Downtown bank branch robbed

    A man handed a teller a note demanding money and made off with an undetermined amount in a robbery of the U.S. Bank branch at Capitol Avenue and Broadway about 3:15 p.m. today.
    • Feb 20, 2018
  • SWEPCO announces agreement on wind energy project

    Southwestern Electric Power, which serves customers in Arkansas, has announced an agreement with Arkansas parties for the Wind Catcher Energy Connection to deliver power generated by wind on Oklahoma wind farms to customers in Arkansas.
    • Feb 20, 2018
  • Candidates respond to Little Rock suit to block mayoral fund-raising

    The city of Little Rock's lawsuit aiming at using a city ordinance to limit fund-raising by two men challenging Mayor Mark Stodola gets legal responses from the challengers today.
    • Feb 20, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Tuesday open line

    • It is disturbing to see the extremes the conservative media will go to in order…

    • on February 20, 2018
  • Re: A 4th Democratic candidate for 2nd District Congress

    • Yes, Baker, it shows that she is an astute little girl who is aware of…

    • on February 20, 2018
  • Re: The kids are marching open line

    • Some supposedly "adult commentators" are suggesting that mere children can't possibly organize such an event…

    • on February 20, 2018
 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation