Education Archive

Professional Degrees Edge Doctoral in Earnings, Unemployment Rates

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

The education categories in the graphic reflect only the highest level of education attained. They don't take into account completion of training programs in the form of apprenticeships and other on-the-job training, which may also influence earnings and unemployment rates.

Student Loan Guarantee Foundation of Arkansas Finding New Mission

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2015 12:00 am

A new identity, GuidEd Solutions, is in place for the Student Loan Guarantee Foundation of Arkansas. It's the first in a long list of new products that the SLGFA has the expertise to deliver if it can round up colleges and universities that are willing and able to pay.

Arkansas Worker Education Ready for Makeover

by Jan Cottingham 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Over a year after state Sen. Jane English began her crusade to reform workforce education in Arkansas, Charisse Childers is poised to carry out what English thinks is the centerpiece of that reformation: Act 892 of 2015, signed into law last month.

Computer Courses Measure Puts Arkansas at Forefront of Expanding Coding Opportunities

by Sean Beherec 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson drew the attention of educators and the tech industry when he ushered a bill through the Legislature requiring all high schools in the state to offer a computer science course.

Employers Turning to Two-Year Community Colleges for Workforce Training Needs

by Marty Cook 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Workforce development has become a popular issue as industry leaders have said they have a hard time finding enough quality workers to fill their needs. It's a renewed focus of groups like the Northwest Arkansas Council, which recently announced a three-year plan to strengthen the area's workforce development and the ties between employers and schools.

James, Mary Kay East Give $1M To Establish UAMS Chair in Surgical Oncology

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/8/2015 10:48 am

A $1 million gift by James C. and Mary Kay East to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has established the Kent C. Westbrook, M.D., Chair in Surgical Oncology, the school announced Thursday.

Bentonville Couple Pledges $1M for Bumpers College Endowment

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2015 10:27 am

The University of Arkansas said Wednesday that Bob and Marilyn Bogle of Bentonville have pledged $1 million to create an endowed fund in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.

Arkansas State Down to 4 for Mid-South Chancellor

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2015 10:08 am

Arkansas State University System President Charles L. Welch said Tuesday that the university has chosen four candidates to interview for chancellor at Arkansas State University Mid-South.

Fort Smith Keeps Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2015 08:45 am

Fort Smith retained the top spot in the latest Arkansas Tech Business Index, released Wednesday. It has led the index in 10 of the 14 months Tech has produced the ATBI.

Baker Kurrus Picked to Lead Little Rock School District

by Associated Press 5/6/2015 06:58 am

State education officials say attorney Baker Kurrus will be the new superintendent of the Little Rock School District. Kurrus replaces former superintendent Dexter Suggs, who resigned last month amid allegations he plagiarized sections of his 2009 doctoral dissertation.

Thomas Schulz Named Director of Internal Medicine Residency Program at UAMS Northwest

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/5/2015 01:26 pm

Thomas K. Schulz has been named director of the internal medicine residency program under development at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences northwest Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, the school announced Tuesday.

Venture Center's Pre-Flight Program Graduates Second Class

by Mark Carter 5/5/2015 10:53 am

The Venture Center's latest Pre-Flight class includes three startups that identified specific problems in their respective markets and proposed solutions.

Governor to Promote Computer Science Classes at High Schools

by Associated Press 5/5/2015 10:06 am

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson will travel to high schools across the state to encourage students to enroll in computer science courses.

Get Tickets Now to Arkansas Business Power Breakfast on Women Business Leaders

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 10:48 am

Tickets are available to the next Arkansas Business Power Breakfast, which features experts who will share strategies on recruiting, retaining and inspiring women in the workplace to be leaders.

SAU To Name Business School for David Rankin

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 10:34 am

Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia has raised more than $780,000 to name its College of Business after retiring school president David Rankin and create an endowment in his honor, it was announced Monday.

Supercomputer Transferred to University of Arkansas

by Associated Press 5/4/2015 09:33 am

A new supercomputer is set to more than double the computational capacity of a University of Arkansas computing center. The university announced Monday that the National Science Foundation and the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, have gifted the machine.

Eric Rob & Issac Agency Selected for Health Department's BreastCare Contract

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

The department has selected Eric Rob & Isaac of Little Rock to take over the account, which totals about $235,000 a year. If the department continues to renew the contract over a possible seven-year period, then the account is valued at $1.65 million.

Former Windstream Sales Rep Sues for Owed Commission

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

A former sales representative who helped a Windstream Holdings Corp. subsidiary secure a $12 million contract is now suing for hundreds of thousands of dollars in commission.

Sue Owens on the Educational Impact of Economics Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

After more than 20 years in banking, Sue Owens became executive director of Economics Arkansas — then known as the Arkansas Council on Economic Education — in 2004.

The Underbanked (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/4/2015 12:00 am

There are an awful lot of Arkansans who are “unbanked” and “underbanked,” and there's FDIC data about that too. A report released in October found that, as of 2013, 12.3 percent of our state's residents had no relationship with a bank at all, and another 25.7 percent had bank accounts but also relied on alternative — often very expensive — financial services. That's 38 percent of our state, much higher than national averages (7.7 percent unbanked and 20 percent underbanked).