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Colleges Work to Counter ‘Enrollment Cliff’ Projected for 2025Lock Icon

While Arkansas' colleges saw a slight increase in enrollment this fall, they are preparing for a period of decline as a result of a fall in birth rates after the 2008 financial crisis. read more >
Maria Markham
Education / Government & Politics / Real Estate

Higher Ed Division Makes Its MoveLock Icon

The Arkansas Division of Higher Education is moving, but not very far. read more >
Maria Markham, director of the Arkansas Division of Higher Education
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Arkansas Colleges Shrinking, and ‘Cliff’ Still LoomsLock Icon

A recent college attendance dip in Arkansas doesn’t reflect the “enrollment cliff” that higher education leaders have harped about for years. It’s been more of a slow roll down to the edge. read more >
Maria Markham, director of the Arkansas Division of Higher Education
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Colleges Ready to Stagger In-Person Participation with Web Time

Arkansas colleges are planning for a return to the in-person classes that students want this fall, but they’re hedging their bets by preparing for another quick switch to online-only learning if the pandemic rages again. read more >
Joseph Steinmetz, chancellor of the University of Arkansas
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Finance Crisis at Arkansas Colleges Hits the Layoff StageLock Icon

With Arkansas’ public colleges in historic financial distress, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Christina Drale prescribed a bitter remedy this month — cuts deep enough to cost tenured professors their jobs — and state education leaders fear other state universities may have to take a dose. read more >
Maria Markham, director of the Arkansas Division of Higher Education
Education / Government & Politics / Health Care

Higher Education Chief Staying Ahead of the CurveLock Icon

Maria Markham is Arkansas’ director of higher education. And higher ed has doggedly remained her focus through weeks of sheltering at home with “two 12-year-olds, two 8-year-olds and a 5-year-old.” read more >
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Arkansas Gets $2M Grant For IT Training

Arkansas has been awarded a $2 million, four-year U.S. Department of Labor grant to provide more information technology training throughout the state. read more >
Southern Arkansas University President Trey Berry
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SAU Bucks Trend as College Rolls FallLock Icon

With record enrollment, Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia aims for $22 million in its "Love & Loyalty" capital campaign. read more >
Maria Markham, director of the Arkansas Division of Higher Education
Business Services / Education / Government & Politics

College Funding Formula Makes Outcomes Key to MoneyLock Icon

The financial impact of the new outcomes-based state funding formula on individual Arkansas universities and colleges has been a mixed bag, but the program is having the desired effect, and overall funding has increased. read more >
Maria Markham, director of the Arkansas Division of Higher Education
Education / Government & Politics

Arkansas College Funding Rules Shifting to Outcomes

Arkansas college and universities will have an incentive to move students from initial enrollment to graduation in the most efficient, effective and affordable way possible as a new funding formula takes effect in July. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs into law the ARFuture Grant Act, which provides up to two years of tuition and fees at community or technical college to students enrolled in certain high-demand fields of study.
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Higher Education Bubble Vexing for Arkansas Institutions

Runaway inflation in the health care sector is obvious to every American family, but when a kid heads to college, this fact hits home: The consumer cost of higher education has inflated even faster over the past quarter-century. read more >
Charles Morgan
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Governor Appoints Arkansas CEOs to Study State’s Computer, Data Sector

Gov. Asa Hutchinson forms a blue ribbon commission to study how to grow the state's computer science and data analytics sector. The 19-member commission is co-chaired by Acxiom Corp. founder Charles Morgan and Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston. read more >
Joyce Elliott
Education / Government & Politics

Governor’s ArFuture Grant Proposal Fails in Committee

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's proposal to create a grant that would pay for tuition and fees for students at Arkansas community or technical colleges failed to pass the Senate Education Committee in a 4-4 vote Wednesday read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson proposed the ArFuture grant program to pay tuition and fees for students studying at technical and community colleges in certain high-demand fields.
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ArFuture Grants To Help Fill High-Demand Jobs

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said his Arkansas Future Grant program is as much about giving students confidence to go to college as it is about giving them monetary support to do so. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson, speaking at Hall High.
Education / Government & Politics

Asa Hutchinson Gives Lawmakers Easy Job with 2-Year Tuition Plan

Arkansas legislators will fight in the 2017 session over education issues, particularly charter schools, but the governor has indicated he'll try to make part of their task easier. read more >
Asa Hutchinson
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Hutchinson Plans Grants to Woo Students to High-Demand Work

Gov. Asa Hutchinson suggests a way for high school graduates, home-school graduates and non-traditional students to learn skills without paying a dime. read more >
Maria Markham is the new chief of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
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Arkansas Colleges See New Funding Formula

Maria Markham, the director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, said the metrics for the state’s new funding formula for colleges and universities should be finalized later this month. read more >
Maria Markham
Education / Government & Politics

Maria Markham Recommended as New Director of Department of Higher Education

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education director search committee will recommend Maria Markham as the new director of the ADHE, the department announced Wednesday. read more >