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  • Beebe wants to use rainy-day funds for ARHEG grants

    Gov. Beebe has agreed to seek legislative approval to transfer $1.1 million to the Higher Education department to help the students pay out-of-state tuition at dentistry, podiatry, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, osteopathic medicine and optometry schools.
    • Jun 5, 2013
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Re: “Five Arkansas artists you should know

Congratulations to the artists and thank you Leslie for identifying them. I look forward to seeing more work from these wonderful and talented Arkansas artists.

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Posted by David Bailin on 06/04/2014 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Beebe wants to use rainy-day funds for ARHEG grants

The students made their case to the Governor. Governor Beebe's actions showed not only that governments could honor their commitments but, most significantly, how important it is that we elect honorable and open-minded people to public office. Thank you, Governor Beebe. It is now time for the Legislature to do right by these students and fund its contract not only for the first year but for the next three years.

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Posted by David Bailin on 06/06/2013 at 6:50 AM

Re: “Beebe to announce treasurer pick Wednesday

Rather than give a pay raise to UA President Bobbitt, the state could have used the money to partially honor its contracts for the unfunded portions of the ADHD grants it agreed to for health related graduate programs like vet and dental and optometry that Arkansas' in state universities don't provide.
See my petition at http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/arkansas-…

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Posted by David Bailin on 05/24/2013 at 1:44 PM

Re: “UPDATE: State college scholarship cuts run deep

There is not a commitment to live and work in the state after getting an Arkansas slot in an out of state school.

While that wouldn't be a bad idea, even students who go in-state aren't required to stay in the state to work after receiving their degrees. The point is that the state has elected not to build these professional schools. The state elected to provide slots to residents to out-of-state schools. Whether you consider the outlay to the other state for the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition a grant or the in-state tuition to a state school a benefit of residency out weighing the real expense of the student's education as it is measured by the out of state tuition is irrelevant here. The requirements should be the same.

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Posted by David Bailin on 05/15/2013 at 4:48 PM

Re: “UPDATE: State college scholarship cuts run deep

For the ADHE all we need is $5 million to cover the commitments (from Mr. Broadway). $4 million more tfarchsa! And for the undergraduates they can raid the Lottery Reserve fund that has $20 million.

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Posted by David Bailin on 05/15/2013 at 2:44 PM

Re: “UPDATE: State college scholarship cuts run deep

Sam, I agree to a certain extent. My daughter can go anywhere she wants for her education and pay for it. But what happened this year is that she decided to apply to LSU for the Arkansas slot and she accepted her position at LSU when she received it from LSU. In fact 77 students this year made that choice to 26 out of state schools that were participating in the SREB contract. And those student slots in Dentistry, Optometry, Veterinary, Podiatric, Osteopathic and Chiropractic Medicine are provided to the student by the AHE grant. This grant takes into account grad programs that are not offered in Arkansas:
[quote from http://www.adhe.edu/divisions/financialaid…]

The Arkansas Health Education Grant Program (ARHEG), which is funded by the state of Arkansas, provides assistance for Arkansas residents attending certain out-of-state accredited health and medical professional schools for graduate or professional programs that are unavailable in Arkansas. The ARHEG is administered by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) and assistance is provided pursuant to rules established under Act 1218 of 1999. Such assistance is currently available for attendance at any accredited school of dentistry, school of optometry, school of veterinary medicine, school of podiatric medicine, school of chiropractic medicine, or school of osteopathic medicine that's located outside the State; [quote] etc.

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Posted by David Bailin on 05/15/2013 at 2:27 PM

Re: “UPDATE: State college scholarship cuts run deep

By the way, the reason Arkansas has positions allocated in Veterinary Schools outside of the state is that Arkansas doesn't have a Veterinary School. To offset the cost of maintaining and building one, the state offers instate tuition to Arkansas residents at LSU and, I believe, in Missouri. So in a sense, this isn't a hand out or a grant, it is a cheap way to train veterinary students. This goes for many of the program grants that are being cut. The bottom line is that Arkansas residents are having to pay out-state tuition for what is essentially an in-state program (that just happens to be held across the border).

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Posted by David Bailin on 05/15/2013 at 12:42 PM

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