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Arkansas Business College Deans Working to Match Curricula to Job Demands

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Business college deans in Arkansas are working together to survey economic development trends and pattern their respective colleges’ curricula to meet job demands in the state, according to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Institute for Economic Advancement.

The institute said it was conducting a workforce needs survey among medium and large manufacturing firms. The results of the study will determine what workforce skills and competencies are necessary for economic growth in Arkansas.

The study follows a Jan. 7 meeting of deans at the UALR College of Business.

“This is a stellar opportunity to demonstrate how the Arkansas business deans are working together to address a statewide concern,” University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Dean Steve Williams said.

The survey is expected to be completed by early summer.

“The institute is pleased to work with this important collaborative effort to assist employers as well as align higher education programs with directives and goals of our governor, legislative body, and Economic Development Commission,” Jim Youngquist, director of the Institute for Economic Advancement, said.

Deans who participated in the initial meeting included Williams; Ed Bashaw, Arkansas Tech University; Mike Casey, University of Central Arkansas; Summer Deprow, Williams Baptist College; Eli Jones, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; and Jane Wayland, UALR.

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