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A few more Arkansas school kids hit the state's proficiency level in standardized testing in the 2016-2017 school year compared to the previous year.

The number of students meeting state "readiness" benchmarks on the state's ACT Aspire exam rose by an average of 4.2 percent from last year across subject areas. That number hovers around the 50 percent mark


The Arkansas Department of Education has received largely favorable feedback on a draft plan for its implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, a nationwide replacement for No Child Left Behind.

 

Last month, 114 respondents, mostly K-12 educators, gave input on the department’s second draft of the state’s accountability plan. More than three in four respondents said that overall, the plan lays out a clear vision for the state.

Arkansas university and college administrators and faculty have been busy this summer drafting new policies to accommodate a new state law allowing concealed weapons on campuses this coming school year. Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, with an enrollment of 12,000 last semester, formed a special task force in April to consider the change. 

Teresa Taylor is the interim executive director of Institutional Policy, Risk Management and Compliance for the college.

“We held very open public town hall meeting forums to explain the laws that exist already, and what that means for our campus,” she says.

Before the start of the next school year, Arkansas may be among the few states providing high-speed internet access to all of its public school districts.

In the 1990’s Arkansas developed a system for providing internet access to schools, but its capabilities were limited and it became outdated quickly. Now, fiber optic cables running throughout the state have replaced the old infrastructure and currently reach 233 of the state’s 238 school districts. The updated system, known as the Arkansas Public School Computer Network (APSCN) will increase access speeds from 5 kilobits per student to 200 kilobits per student.

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A collaborative project between Arkansas State University and Centennial Bank leads to the groundbreaking of a new Welcome Center on the Jonesboro campus.  The center will have a full bank branch, as well as services to introduce visitors to Arkansas State.  Interim Chancellor Dr. Doug Whitlock says public-private partnerships, such as the Welcome Center, is something that is needed in higher education today.

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Arkansas State University's Heritage Studies Ph.D. program is hosting the first heritage national consortium at the Carl R. Reng Student Union.  It takes place Friday through Sunday, June 16-18.  Dr. Gregory Hansen, Professor of English and Folklore at Arkansas State talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves.  Click on the Listen button.  More information can be found here.

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Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles Welch says tuition increases at Arkansas State University’s five campuses are needed as state funds for higher education are stagnant.  

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The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees meets at ASU-Newport on Thursday, June 8 at 10 a.m.  They will meet in the Merchants & Planters Bank Community Room in the Larry N. Williams Student/Community Center in Newport.

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This press release from Arkansas State University:  

Arkansas State University Museum will host its fifth annual TinkerFest on Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Admission to the museum is free.

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This is an interview between KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves and the next Chancellor for Arkansas State University, Dr. Kelly Damphousse.  He starts work July 1.  In this interview, Damphousse discusses his plans for his first 100 days, his long-term goals and priorities at Arkansas State, his views on the challenges higher education face today, and more.  Click on the Listen button to listen to the interview.    

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JONESBORO – Dr. Kathy White Loyd is appointed as the interim dean of the College of Business at Arkansas State University, Provost Lynita Cooksey announced today.

Serving as the executive director of the Arkansas State University Women’s Business Leadership Center, Loyd agreed to accept the leadership position of the college in addition to her duties with the center.

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40 faculty of the University of Arkansas are on a bus tour of the state.  The 800-mile tour covers 24 counties in the state to learn more about the people and places that make the state unique.  Arkansas State University in Jonesboro hosted a lunch and participated in some of the tours of the ASU Heritage Sites.  

The universities are already involved in a handful of collaborations, including a dual degree program involving poultry sciences signed earlier this year. 

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Dr. Kelly Damphousse has been appointed as the next chancellor of Arkansas State University, ASU System President Dr. Charles L. Welch announced today.

Arkansas State University System President is expected to announce the new chancellor of the Jonesboro campus.  Watch the live announcement below from the Fowler Center.  

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JONESBORO – Convocation Center staff reminds the public of security checks for Arkansas State University’s two 2017 spring commencement ceremonies, Saturday, May 13, as well as upcoming graduation events for area high schools in the Convocation Center.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee education group is aiming to get high school students interested in teaching.

The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2phxbEK) that the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, known as SCORE, launched its "Teach Today. Change Tomorrow" initiative this week.

The program offers a recruitment and mentorship network for a diverse variety of young students.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — New school enrollment numbers will shake up the classifications used in Arkansas school activities.

The Arkansas Activities Association released school enrollment numbers for the 2018-2020 reclassification cycle on Tuesday. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2pwx9HK), Texarkana will drop down to Class 5A, while Sylvan Hills in Pulaski County will move up to Class 6A.

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JONESBORO – Jared Gowen, a senior from Garner who will graduate from Arkansas State University in May with a degree in biological sciences, received the prestigious R.E. Lee Wilson Award for 2017 at the 84th student honors awards ceremony Thursday evening at Cooper Alumni Center.

Gowen was selected from a group of eight Distinguished Service Award winners honored at the ceremony. Perry Wilson, the great-great grandson of R.E. Lee Wilson, presented the award to Gowen.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

The Arkansas State University Chancellor Search Advisory Committee and ASU System President Dr. Charles L. Welch today announced that three finalist candidates have accepted invitations to visit the campus in Jonesboro and formally interview for the position of chancellor. 

The three finalists are:

•        Dr. Kelly Damphousse, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma in Norman;

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Officials at Arkansas State University are narrowing down the list of potential candidates for the Jonesboro Campus chancellor position.

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JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State University might be adding metal detectors at athletic events this fall.

The Jonesboro Sun (http://bit.ly/2pHgsHw) reports the preliminary discussions for the detectors comes after the approval of an act last month to allow concealed handguns at public colleges and universities.

Dr. Lyn Bayless, who for 20 years was the "Voice of the Lady Indians" at Arkansas State University, passed away on Wednesday in Little Rock.

Bayless was retired Chairman of Speech Communications and Dramatic Arts at A-State, and he was a past president of the Rotary Club of Jonesboro.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 pm at Emerson Memorial Chapel in Jonesboro.  Bayless was 85.

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Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles Welch has released a statement on how the university system will respond to the recent act that will allow concealed handguns to be carried on campus.  The full text is below: 

Colleagues,

I want to update the entire Arkansas State University System community on how we plan to move forward with the implementation of Act 562 of 2017, which concerns the possession of concealed handguns on our campuses.

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Johnny Key is pleased to announce that Dr. Ivy Pfeffer has been named deputy commissioner. Pfeffer, the current assistant commissioner for Educator Effectiveness and Licensure, will assume her new role July 1. She replaces Dr. Mark Gotcher, who accepted the superintendent position at the Russellville School District effective July 1. 

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NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Should U.S. high school students know at least as much about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Federalist papers as immigrants passing a citizenship test?

In a growing number of school systems, having such a basic knowledge is now a graduation requirement. But states are taking different approaches to combating what's seen as a widespread lack of knowledge about how government works.

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