Education Archive

ForwARd Arkansas Report Sees Progress, Room for Improvement at State Schools

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/27/2015 11:37 am

ForwARd Arkansas releases a report it says confirms that while achievement gaps still exist in state education, Arkansas has been successful in improving access to education.

Robotics Competition Bringing Kids from 11 States and Canada to LR

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/27/2015 11:28 am

Students from across Arkansas and representing 11 states and even Canada will converge on Barton Coliseum in Little Rock March 6-7 for the 2015 Arkansas Rock City Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

Rod Ford's XCelerate Capital Announces Entrepreneurial Scholarship Program

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 11:08 am

XCelerate Capital of Little Rock has launched an annual Entrepreneurial Programming Scholarship program to help aspiring entrepreneurs, it announced Tuesday. XCelerate Capital is an early-stage venture fund launched earlier this month by tech founder Rod Ford.

Innovate Arkansas Bringing Iron Yard Coding School to Little Rock

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 10:15 am

The Iron Yard offers intensive courses in Python, front-end, rails and mobile engineering as well as a startup accelerator, web design and kids classes. Little Rock courses will include front-end, rails and mobile and will begin in mid-2015. The Iron Yard aims to grow developers and help them find jobs after graduation from its courses.

Report: State Jobless Rate Down to 5.7 Percent

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 09:35 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in December, dropping two-tenths of a percentage point from November, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Services.

UALR's Bob Adams, VP for Finance, Announces Retirement

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 01:46 pm

Bob Adams, the vice chancellor for finance and administration at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is retiring, the school announced Monday.

Central Arkansas Regains Jobs Lost During Recession

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Metroplan last month released its latest “Metro Trends: Economic Review and Outlook,” which examines what it calls “the new economy” in central Arkansas in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

Arkansas' Biggest Deals of 2014 Soar While Value Slips

by Jan Cottingham 1/26/2015 12:00 am

The mergers and acquisitions spigots were opened wide last year in Arkansas. The number of big deals — those valued at $9 million or more — soared 38 percent, increasing to 101 in 2014 compared with 73 in 2013.

JBU Announces $125M Campaign, $5M in Donations

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/21/2015 02:28 pm

John Brown University of Siloam Springs on Wednesday announced about $5 million in new gifts toward a $125 million fundraising campaign the university is calling "Campaign for the Next Century: A Hope and Future."

Tyson Foods Foundation, Family Donate $500K to UA's eVersity

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/21/2015 10:47 am

The Tyson Foods Foundation Inc. and the Tyson family have donated $500,000 to the University of Arkansas System's online university, eVersity.

Jerry Jones Gives $10.65M to University of Arkansas Athletic Department

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/21/2015 10:22 am

The Jones' gift is a combination of cash to be paid over a five-year period and land donated to the Razorback Foundation. The donation will address several projects of the university's athletics department, including a 55,000-SF student-athlete center.

UCA Hires Jesse Thill as Director of Alumni Services

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/20/2015 10:37 am

Thill begins the position Feb. 9. He comes from the University of Florida where as associated director of the Alumni Association's Membership & Philanthropy. Prior, he worked at the University of Arkansas, Brown University and the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law.

UA Press Promotes David Scott Cunningham to Senior Editor

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/20/2015 10:23 am

Cunningham joined the press seven years ago as a project editor and then served as assistant managing editor. In his new role, he'll be responsible for leading acquisition efforts in civil rights, southern history, Arkansas history and culture, and all areas serving the press' mission.

Development Duo Joins Centennial Bank in Jonesboro (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/19/2015 12:00 am

Joey Speir and Brock Ferguson have joined Centennial Bank in Jonesboro as business development officers.

Keep The Quality In ‘Qualified' (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 1/19/2015 12:00 am

State Treasurer Dennis Milligan's decision to reduce the educational requirements for top officials in his office is disappointing.

'Distressed' Hazen Team Shines at Youth Entrepreneur Showcase

by Mark Carter 1/16/2015 04:14 pm

A team of youth entrepreneurs who appear ready to sell their wares through online marketplaces like Little Rock's Bourbon & Boots were among the top winners at Friday's Youth Entrepreneur Showcase Expo Day at Park Plaza.

UCA Board Approves Property Acquisition, Bond Issuance for $17.6M Mixed-Use Project

by Lee Hogan 1/16/2015 11:47 am

The property, at 242 Donaghey Ave., is currently occupied by a Papa John's restaurant, owned by Ozark Pizza Co. LLC of Little Rock. The offer would pay Ozark Pizza Co. $236,000 for the .12-acre lot and another $164,000 if the property is vacated by April 15.

ForwARd Arkansas Conducts Survey, Plans Study of State Schools

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/15/2015 11:43 am

ForwARd Arkansas is asking educators, parents, students and other stakeholders to complete a survey on how to prepare Arkansas students for success in college and the workplace.

UNC Innovation Chief Addresses Business Leaders at UALR

by Mark Carter 1/13/2015 03:54 pm

Judith Cone, chief innovation officer for the University of North Carolina's flagship campus in Chapel Hill, told leaders of central Arkansas' business community Monday evening that innovation is not a synonym for creativity, but a process.

Asa Hutchinson Taps Leon Jones as Labor Director, Charisse Childers as Career Education Director

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/12/2015 02:24 pm

Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson has picked Leon Jones Jr. as new director of the Arkansas Department of Labor, and Charisse Childers as the new director of the Arkansas Department of Career Education.