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Re: “UPDATE: Halter objects to reduction in lottery scholarships

I think the minimum ACT score is a good idea. There needs to be some kind of benchmark that needs to be reached in order to get a scholarship. After all, most four year universities would require a much higher ACT score for admission.

I also think the award amounts need to be reduced. If you look at the cost of attendance, taking 12 hours at UA Fayetteville is a little over $3000, and only $2100 at UALR. Giving a flat amount of $4500 is a definite overpayment. It would be hard to track, but including an hours stipulation would save money, such as saying the lottery will cover up to 12 hours per semester including fees or $4500, whichever is the lesser amount.

Also, there does need to be some accountability among students, but I don't have a good solution for that problem. There is a definite abuse of grants and scholarships, just look at the class attendance in intro level classes at a public university at the beginning of a semester and after refund checks go out. It's a substantial drop.

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Posted by The Gay Agenda on 09/21/2012 at 12:22 AM

Re: “Developing the UAMS/St. Vincent merger

Actually, if you look at the financial information provided in various news releases regarding this plan, UAMS definitely could use the help of SVI. For the fiscal year that just ended, SVI made $20 million, while UAMS barely broke even, and UAMS is paying Navigant consulting millions upon millions for apparently nothing.

Also, for those of you touting UAMS as the better hospital, have you ever been treated there? Apparently not, because you would know it's horrendous. And I hope you never have to go to their ER, because you're more likely to die in the waiting room than ever be seen. Their OP clinics are decent - if you can get an appointment within any reasonable time frame.

Also, for those saying they are scared of Baptist, why would that be? What has Baptist done lately that indicated any significant growth. Baptist's problems started when they muddled up things with the doctors of LR Cardiology (Heart Hospital clinic) and found themselves at the losing end of the lawsuit. Then doctor's started fleeing from there. Then, they undergo a partnership with a cardiology group, a very small one at that, to try and combat SVI's purchase of the largest in the state. Doesn't seem like innovation or growth to me.

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Posted by The Gay Agenda on 09/13/2012 at 11:41 PM


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