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Arkansas State University celebrates its 50th year as a University.  Here is a press release:  

Chancellor Doug Whitlock invites everyone to a reception in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Arkansas State's attainment of university status on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. in the Administration Building lobby.

On Jan. 17, 1967, Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller signed legislation changing the name of Arkansas State College to Arkansas State University, as President Carl R. Reng, Student Government Association President Ray Hall Jr., and local and area legislators observed.

Andrea Allen Named Delta Center Deputy Director

Jan 5, 2017
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JONESBORO —The Arkansas State University Delta Center for Economic Development has named Andrea Allen as deputy director, according to Executive Director Shawnie Carrier.

“With almost 20 years of experience in government and public affairs, Andrea understands rural Arkansas, and she knows how to connect local, state, federal and private sector resources for the betterment of our communities. I know she will serve the Delta Center and our region well,” said Carrier.

Michael Bowman appointed Interim Assistant Dean

Jan 5, 2017
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JONESBORO – Dr. Michael Bowman, assistant professor in creative media production, is picking up new responsibilities this semester as interim assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Communication.

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As the Arkansas General Assembly gets ready to go back into session Monday, a lot of eyes will be focused on what happens at the Capitol.  Arkansas State University’s System President Dr. Charles Welch says he will be looking at how state lawmakers will address the budget.  One of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s legislative priorities is for a $50 million dollar income tax cut.  Welch says some tax cuts can have a negative impact on the budget for higher education.  He says the Governor’s idea for a tax cut is a good one, as long as lawmakers don’t make major changes or deeper cuts.

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Three schools in Craighead County are being recognized in a list of the best schools in the nation.

The Jonesboro Sun reports Valley View High School, Buffalo Island Central High School, and Nettleton High School were listed in the 2016 Best High School Rankings report.

A state-by-state study of Head Start programs shows Arkansas keeping up with national averages in per-child funding levels and hours of classroom time, but the state lags in pay and education levels for teachers. The National Institute for Early Education Research released the findings Wednesday.

Steve Barnett, the institute’s director and a professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, says in order to improve the reach and effectiveness of early childhood education, Arkansas should find more ways to partner with the federal Head Start program.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rhodes College in Memphis has named Marjorie Hass as the school's 20th president.

Hass, who is currently president of Austin College in Sherman, Texas, will become the first female president in Rhodes' 168-year history. She succeeds current President William E. Troutt in July following his retirement after 18 years as Rhodes president.

Rhodes has an enrollment about 2,000 undergraduate students.

The state of Arkansas and Microsoft signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday to further the instruction of computer science in schools. Under the agreement Microsoft, with no cost to the state, would help with professional development for computer science teachers in addition to hosting a range of workshops and events for students.

Advanced Placement Classes Popular in Arkansas

Dec 12, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Researchers say an eight-year effort to enroll more high school students in advanced placement classes is paying off — regardless of how students do on end-of-year exams.

The Arkansas Research Center at the University of Central Arkansas says students targeted for AP enrollment in 2008 are earning $4,000 more on average than students who didn't take advanced classes in math, science or English.

Earnings are higher even for those students who didn't earn scores that qualified them for college credit.

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There have been attempts in recent years by state Democrats and advocacy organizations to increase the amount of money the state spends on its pre-K program, known as Arkansas Better Chance (ABC). Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families held a meeting Thursday in Jonesboro to inform locals about potential legislation, including ABC funding that will be considered by the Arkansas General Assembly next year.

AACF senior policy analyst Paul Kelly told Talk Business & Politics the state’s economic future is dependent upon advances in the ABC program.

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The Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles Welch stated that the upcoming legislative session could be a “hectic” one, but he is optimistic that higher education will benefit from the session.  Welch told the ASU Board of Trustees in Beebe that institutions across the state could share in about 10 million dollars in new funding.  Governor Asa Hutchinson has introduced a funding model that will be expanded in more detail during the 2017 General Assembly. 

Costello Wins State Award

Dec 7, 2016
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Dr. Kristi Costello, assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Program and Writing Center, has been named 2016 English Teacher of the Year for College Education by the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (ACTELA). An affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), ACTELA is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to celebrating and improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.

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The Arkansas State University Board of Trustees meets December eighth at ASU-Beebe.  The resolutions include approving the name of the combined Colleges of Humanities and Social Sciences, Media and Communication, and Fine Arts as the College of Liberal Arts and Communication. 

New degrees to be considered by the board are a master’s degree in Athletic Training and a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Jonesboro.

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The number of migrant students in Craighead County is on the decline, but Buffalo Island and Jonesboro continues to have the most migrant students.

In 2016 data obtained from the Arkansas Department of Education by the Jonesboro Sun, 276 migrant students are attending school in the county, which is almost 100 students less than the 370 students recorded in 2011.  Buffalo Island Central School District reported the most in the county with 114 migrant students.  Jonesboro School District had the second highest with 80 migrant students.

Fall Commencement at A-State is Saturday

Dec 6, 2016
Arkansas State University

A record 1,405 students will receive diplomas at Arkansas State University’s fall commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Convocation Center, 201 Olympic Drive. The number of graduates surpasses the previous mark of 1,350 in the 2012 December graduation.

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