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n Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs will go before the Arkansas Ethics Commission on Friday to fight a preliminary finding that she improperly increased her mayoral salary without City Council approval. A Commission investigation found probable cause to believe Dabbs’ action violated ethical rules and made an offer to settle the issue. Dabbs declined the offer and opted for a public hearing before the commission. According to the public notice of the hearing: “Upon taking office in January of 2011, Ms. Dabbs instructed another employee to increase her starting salary of $65,604 to $71,032, which is the full amount budgeted for the position of Mayor, without obtaining approval from the City Council. The benefit of the salary increase to Ms. Dabbs constituted special privileges or exemptions in violation of the prohibitions contained in [the Arkansas code].” Dabbs can be represented by counsel before the commission and present witnesses and other evidence to defend herself. Since her pay raise was discovered, she’s defended the raise (since rescinded and refunded) despite a finding by the Saline County prosecutor that it wasn’t authorized by law. He didn’t prosecute, however. An ethics violation could carry punishment from a warning to a fine of $2,0000. It is a civil proceeding.
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n Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office paid the law firm Friday, Eldredge and Clark $3,190.27 to draft a Freedom of Information Act policy for the office. It is in part a restatement of the law, widely available in free booklets distributed by the attorney general, who also is available to provide assistance to state officials. The payments were made in two installments. The first payment of $2,580.27 was made on May 16, 2011. A second invoice, dated June 8, shows a payment of $610. The work followed complaints about handling of FOI requests from the media and others for office documents and an allegation from one former employee that an office employee had said she’d destroy information about a $54,000 consulting contract rather than turn it over under a pending FOI request from the Arkansas Times. The final document provided by Friday, Eldredge and Clark is just over one page long and advises the Secretary of State’s office on how to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests (in what format documents should be produced, the cost of producing requests, etc.). For example, one paragraph reads, “In the event the Secretary of State estimates that the total fee for reproducing the public records will exceed $25.00, the Continued on page 8
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Security advocate dies
GRIFFIN: Explains how to disrupt.
One from the Rove playbook? n At a town hall meeting held in Little Rock last week, staffers of Rep. Tim Griffin handed out pamphlets of “homework” that included a list of Florida activists who have been critical of Republican politicians. The packet featured photographs and some suggested pointed (and often leading) questions to ask. For instance, one directed at Michael Cantone, political director for Organize Now, read “Are you a ‘Political Operative’ who has worked on the campaign staff of numerous liberal Democrat Party Candidates?” “It seems clear that the presentation of these materials is intended to encourage harassment of these citizen activists and to intimidate other citizens from speaking out across America by attacking those who have already spoken out,” said Organize Now president Tamecka Pierce, who was also featured. Jonathan Samford, communications director for Griffin, told the Huffington Post that “the document was prepared by an outside group with the goal of interfering with town halls across the county. It advises folks how to disrupt. I reference it and say that our town halls will be civil and the Arkansans I have spoken with appreciate that.”
n A former Arkansan who had been a strong voice for new security policy in the evolving world died in a recent plane crash. Shannon Beebe, an Army lieutenant colonel, backcountry airplane pilot and 1987 graduate of Lake Hamilton High School in Hot Springs, died when a single-engine plane he was flying crashed recently in Virginia, according to a story last BEEBE: West Point grad and author. week in the Washington Post. A West Point grad who served in the Balkans, in Iraq and as an assistant Army attache in Angola, Beebe was a daredevil pilot who logged hundreds hours of flying in the wilds of Africa and Alaska and the co-author of a book called “The Ultimate Weapon Is No Weapon” (2010, Public Affairs) that, according to the Post, argued that “traditional armies are no longer sufficient to stabilize conflict zones, and U.S. military forces should collaborate more with non-governmental organizations to protect civilians and communities rather than focusing on destroying enemies.” The funeral will be Aug. 20 at Centerfork Missionary Baptist Church in Hot Springs.
It’s happened before n Welcoming state Rep. Linda Collins-Smith of Pocahontas to the Republican Party, after she left the Democratic Party, Lt. Gov. Mark A. Darr said, “This is an historic moment. It’s the first time, at least to my knowledge, that a sitting state representative in Arkansas has switched parties during their term.” In 1970, state Rep. Sterling Cockrill of Little Rock, a Democrat and the majority leader in the House, switched to the Republican Party and ran for lieutenant governor as a Republican. He was defeated by Bob Riley, the Democratic nominee.
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n “On June 6th two journalists were arrested at the state capitol in Madison, WI. I was one of them. I was grabbed by an aggressive and very escalated police officer after walking in to the capitol ...” Escalate means to increase in magnitude or intensity, as “A small conflict has escalated into war.” I haven’t seen escalated applied to a person before. In the example, it means something like “jumpy,” I guess. Or “high,” maybe, but that’s not a condition you normally want to see your policemen in. n I’d hoped for the headline “Octomom trapped in Carmageddon,” but I never saw it. It could still fit into a title for a made-forTV thriller on the Syfy channel, though they’d probably juice it up a bit: “Octomom meets Megashark in Carmageddon.” 4 AUGUST 17, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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n “A century ago, before the term ‘Third World’ came into use, colonialism was the norm.” Third World came into use after World War II, according to The Cambridge Guide to English Usage, coined in French as tiers monde, to refer to the least developed countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific. “It had both political and cultural implications: that the countries concerned were not politically linked with western alliances such as NATO or with the
Soviet bloc; and that they had neither an industrial infrastructure nor a high standard of living. “The term can be explained either by assuming that the Third World is the newest international frontier after the ‘Old World’ (Europe) and the ‘New World’ (North America) — or by the idea that the ‘First World’ and the ‘Second World’ are, respectively, the West and the former Soviet bloc, and the Third World includes all those not aligned to the first two. In the Chinese view, however, they are the Third World. This then requires a further expression, ‘Fourth World,’ for referring to the poorest and most dependent nations of the world.” Afflicted with starvation and “ethnic cleansings,” some seem to be working their way down to Fifth World status.
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The Observer took a rare vacation last week, loading up the fam and heading to North Arkansas. It’s pretty up there — so neat and clean and mostly crime free that it makes Little Rock look positively gritty. The Observer loves the mountains so much that we periodically swear we’re moving up there someday, usually while we’re in our cups. Once we come back down to earth, though, we realize that there’s way too many gatdamn Regressives up that way for our Progressive behind to ever feel comfortable, not to mention — horror of horrors — the possibility that we might well wind up in the background of a scene on “94 Kids and Counting,” the Duggars’ reality show on TLC. That might well just finish us off. So, for the time being, we’re just going to have to enjoy the NWA via a series of vaycay jaunts to those green hills. As we often do when we wander that direction, The Observer wound up in Eureka Springs for a night. That Victorian interlude of a town, with its narrow streets and switchback sidewalks, calls to us almost as no other place in Arkansas. Eureka owes its very existence to the sheer, human capacity for hope — that and healing-waters quackery — so we dig it quite a bit for that. Too, the reporter in us loves Eureka for the great ideological divide there: 100-foot concrete Christ of the Ozarks standing up on the hill, overlooking a burg with a town-sanctioned gay marriage registry at City Hall. Only in America, folks. The Observer and Spouse stayed at the Basin Park Hotel down on the main drag on our honeymoon years ago, but this time we wanted to try the Crescent Hotel. It’s a grand old pile perched on the rocks above the city, directly across the deep valley from Concrete Jesus. It’s one of those places that could have only seemed like a good idea to the Victorian mind: a massive, turreted castle standing against the sky above a town that is still remote and would have then been in the Middle of Nowhere in 1890. The Crescent bears some resemblance to the hotel The Observer saw in our head when we first read Stephen King’s “The Shining” years ago, so it’s unsurprising that a number of ghost stories have sprung up around the place over the years. The Observer’s needle on matters of the supernatural has swung sharply toward
the skeptical in the past few years, but The Crescent is making it work for them, charging true believers $18 bucks a head ($7 for kids) to walk around the hotel and peer at the doors of rooms where haints supposedly lurk inside. Junior, always the curious sort, isn’t one of those believers — not enough to think spending nearly $50 bucks for the three of us to go on a ghost tour is a good deal — but he wants to believe. Given that, when midnight chimed, he rolled his Old Man out of bed to go creep around the empty hallways of the hotel, speaking in whispers. A big hotel is a strange place in the middle of the night (especially so on a Thursday night). Long, empty hallways led to other hallways. The elevator whirred up and down. In the lobby, the hotel cat dozed on a chair. Through an open door behind the high desk, the night clerk watched television with the sound turned low. On the fourth floor, the bar was still open, but mostly empty. “Do you ever see any ghosts in here?” a woman asked the bartender in conspiratorial tones. “Depends on how much I’ve had to drink,” the bartender said. As the Witching Hour wore on, The Observer and Junior crept upstairs and down, the old staircase creaking. Eventually, just before 1 a.m., we wound up on the rooftop deck. There was a full moon riding low in the sky — a silver coin on gray velvet. Down below, the valley was filling with fog. Standing there with Junior, a bit loopy from lack of sleep, The Observer was suddenly struck by the gravity of it all: the two of us — Dad pushing 40 and Son soon to be a teen-ager — looking for ghosts. “We’ll never be here again,” Dad said, almost to our self. “You mean we’ll never come back to this hotel?” Son asked. “No,” Dad said. “This place. You and me, here, right now. Be sure to remember this someday.” Junior nodded gravely, but didn’t really understand, we think. One of these days, he’ll get it — maybe even get it better than we do. He’s smart like that. We stood there together in silence. Down below, the valley was a great white lake of cloud, with the streetlamps of the town glowing in its depths like ghostlights. Somewhere out there, we knew, Jesus stared serenely into the darkness.
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Dem-Gaz layoff More needs to be said in regard to the forced retirement of editor, writer and veteran newspaperman Jack Schnedler from the Democrat-Gazette. I regarded Jack as my friend and worked with him for several years. I found him to be the most competent person in the newsroom as a writer or editor. When I received a piece from Jack it was as though the late Gazette writer Leland DuVall lived again because there would be no need to edit. And, as a plus, he could make Paul Greenberg mad. Jack survived the closing of at least two newspapers and the Chicago winters, but not Walter Hussman. He does not know I’m sending this and I have no idea if he would approve. What Walter Hussman and Griffin Smith have done in the last two and a half years, besides corrupting the political process (see Elliot, Joyce vs. Griffin, Tim), has been to reduce staff and to do that they have laid off senior employees, including myself, who earned the most money. There was no regard whatever for the human consequences. One former employee died and one could say that he was a suicide; some have been forced into bankruptcy; some have lost homes or are now in danger of losing their home; many simply cannot pay their debts accrued when they had a paycheck and now have bad credit. Many of those laid off were 60 or over and some had health problems, thus were using the health plan more, which costs the company money. One woman had been with the company for 30 years and was over 60. What can that person do in such a specialized field and in such a job market? These people had given their lives to that newspaper and were cast out without a thought — 26 of them in February 2009 alone. They received two weeks of severance pay AND were asked to stay on two more weeks for a smooth transition. There was no pension plan. There was a meager profit-sharing plan, but you can’t have that money until you’re 65 ½. Now you can argue that it was just a business decision, that life is hard and no one promised you it would be otherwise, that Hussman owns the paper and can do whatever he wants with it, that everyone has a right to do what they want with their property, but does that make it right? Griffin Smith, Hussman’s senior editor, has failed to honor an implicit contract with his employees and should be ashamed. The community should be ashamed for continuing to support the Democrat-Gazette. Businesses should not advertise in that newspaper because Walter Hussman has harmed them as well since his former employees cannot buy what they advertise. Walter Hussman is a pariah on this city and state. And you can argue that these people 6 AUGUST 17, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
should have saved to be prepared for the unexpected, but that doesn’t wash. Walter Hussman has a notorious history of paying little and offering few benefits. Walter Hussman is a rich man. Can he take his riches with him when this life is over? If there is a heaven, what will he say, what excuses will he offer St. Peter? Ed Gray Little Rock
No to sales tax plan This 2011 proposal for a sales-tax increase from City Hall presents the classic dilemma: “What do I get for what I give?” Nobody gets it all; compromise is
truly a requirement of good government. Sometimes, you hold your nose and vote yes. Little Rock does need some more revenue. Sadly, however, city leaders have been dominated by Establishment views, and as before, officials defer to the Chamber of Commerce and developers for the city plan for future growth. They profit and grow on our nickel. Their police and fire stations and parks ought to come from impact fees paid by those new home buyers and business owners. Other thriving cities do this; Little Rock should, too. The East Little Rock communities decline, lose population, then lose govern-
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ment services because “too few are using those services.” Remedies from city hall are too few, and too ineffective. The West Little Rock annexation is promoted, gains population and gets fire and police stations at the expense of us all. In fact, officials are considering taking a fire truck from the station at Chester and Seventh for the new Taylor Loop Road facility, once constructed. They tell us no decision has been made. Shall we believe that? There are needed items in the 3/8 cent for capital expenses, notably the police radio, 911 dispatchers, a new police headquarters, and street and drainage projects. These are wrapped around police and fire stations for the west, a port expansion and the creation of a new Technology Research Park near UAMS, plus $6 million unspecified for Economic Development. Last time, in 1993, the capital penny would have provided an arena, later built on a county tax, plus some needed street and drainage work. Voters defeated that tax. I’ve concluded this year’s capital proposal is equally flawed, and merits a no vote. The 5/8 cent for operations has appeal, notably 20 more code officers, and more money for prevention, intervention and treatment programs. However, officials have not said they will restore the $500,000 cut to PIT funding if this tax is passed. There’s money for new bus routes, but there’s nothing to restore night and weekend service for all. These were achievements of the 1993 sales tax proposal, and they are being bypassed for the newest thing, the latest fashion. City leaders rejected the citizen proposal to require city workers live in Little Rock, and more than half live outside the city today. Having more commuters on the city payroll is no vision for growing our future. Shall we trust officials who get the facts wrong, badly wrong? In a debate Thursday, our mayor disputed that Ward 1 lost population in the 2010 Census; he conceded the error when shown a fact sheet. The record: Ward 1 lost 3,906; Ward 2 lost 621; Ward 3 lost 1,089; and Ward 4 lost 168 in population, according to Metroplan. Shall we trust a mayor who says we have impact fees, since developers pay for streets in their subdivisions? That’s a misdirection — the cost of parks, fire and police off the site are what an impact fee provides. Shall we trust a mayor who says the Rainy Day Fund is locked up, and cannot be spent in today’s shortfall, because it would assure bond payments in a financial crisis? That’s news to the author of this policy, Larry Lichty. Vote no to 5/8 cent for operations, and redirect our leaders to better goals and more reasonable proposals. Kathy Wells Little Rock
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DEATH ROW INMATES. Circuit Judge Tim Fox ruled that Arkansas law giving the Arkansas Correction Department leeway to use any type of drug for lethal injections was unconstitutional. Executions have been halted in Arkansas because of the lawsuit and questions about the quality of the sodium thiopental Arkansas had on hand. That supply was turned over to federal drug officials. Fox’s ruling prevents state prison officials from using their discretion in finding another execution drug if they can’t properly obtain sodium thiopental. Both the state and Death Row inmates who brought the suit plan appeals of rulings in the case. ATHEISTS. Federal District Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled that Central Arkansas Transit Authority and its advertising agency, On the Move Advertising, had violated the free speech of the atheist group United Coalition of Reason by refusing to sell them advertising on CATA buses except under restrictions not imposed on other advertisers. But Wright said that a $15,000 bond could be required, because she thought this was a reasonable amount for the risk of vandalism involved, and she believed the coalition could pay it easily. ARKANSAS REPUBLICANS. Former Democratic Rep. Linda Collins-Smith of Pocahontas switched parties to become a Republican. Republicans hailed the defection as “historic” (it wasn’t; see page 4), but most Democrats already considered Collins-Smith a Republican. Redistricting would have pitted her against another Democrat incumbent. IT WAS A BAD WEEK FOR…
THE ARKANSAS LOTTERY. The IRS fined the lottery $99,673.29 for late payments of taxes withheld from lottery winners. This is the second time the IRS has penalized the lottery for late payment. The Lottery Commission voted to hire a tax attorney to help straighten out its tax troubles. KNILE DAVIS. Last year’s rush leader in the SEC suffered an ankle injury that’s expected to leave him on the Razorback sideline all season. 8 AUGUST 17, 2011 • ARKANSAS TIMES
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In Pulaski County, juries are trusted And if Nancy Grace drops in, John Hall is ready for her. BY DOUG SMITH
n Sequestration of juries is not common in Central Arkansas. The last sequestered jury, according to Circuit Judge Chris Piazza, was in the celebrated trial of Mary Lee Orsini in the murder of Alice McArthur in 1982, nearly 30 years ago. (Piazza was a deputy prosecutor at the time.) Neither Larry Jegley, the Pulaski County prosecuting attorney for 20 years, nor John Wesley Hall, a criminal-defense lawyer in Little Rock for 30 years, could remember any other cases in which the jury was sequestered. The issue is raised from time to time in cases that are highly publicized, but local judges are inclined to turn down requests that jurors be isolated. Jegley said that a defense attorney in the recent case of Abdulhakim Muhammad “asked for some sequestration in pretrial proceedings,” but Circuit Judge Herb Wright declined to grant it. Just before trial was to begin, Muhammad pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison. He shot Army Pvt. William Andrew Long at a Little Rock recruiting center. In 2009, defense attorneys in the Curtis Vance case asked for jury sequestration, Jegley said, but Judge Piazza said no. Vance was convicted of the rape and fatal beating of Anne Pressly, a Little Rock
Continued from page 3 Secretary of State shall notify the citizen of the estimated fee and require the citizen to pay the fee before copying the public record request.” The law provides: “If the fee exceeds twenty five dollars, the custodian may require the requester to pay that fee in advance.” Alex Reed, a spokesman for Secretary of State Mark Martin, said it’s normal for state offices to obtain outside counsel. “The reason we got outside counsel was because [a former staffer], Teresa [Belew], accused us of criminal conduct,” he said. “We chose [to hire outside counsel rather than consult with the attorney general’s office] to avoid a potential conflict of interest.”
television anchorwoman. He was sentenced to life without parole. The issue of jury sequestration has drawn conG R AC E : H e r siderable attention lately, mainly TV commentary because of Nancy sparkes debate. Grace, the fiery TV commentator and former prosecutor who zeroes in on sensational cases, always from the prosecution side. Her commentary on the Casey Anthony case in Florida, both before and after Anthony was acquitted, shocked some. (The Anthony jury was sequestered, so it presumably didn’t know what Grace was saying. Many of the people who did know what she was saying were amazed by the verdict of acquittal.) Since the Anthony trial, a lawyer for Conrad Murray, the doctor charged in California with causing the death of Michael Jackson, has asked that the jury in Murray’s upcoming trial be sequestered, specifically so that jurors would not be exposed to Grace’s comments. The judge denied the request. Jegley said that in Pulaski County, judges seem to believe that jurors will
Aaron Sadler, spokesman for Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, says state offices don’t have to use their services. “We always stand ready to assist agencies, boards and commissions as the state’s legal counsel,” Sadler says. “However, approval by the Attorney General’s Office to hire outside counsel is only necessary if there is special language in an agency appropriation bill that states that such approval is specifically required. So, agencies occasionally obtain outside counsel through the normal professional-service contract process. Sometimes, as in this instance, our office is not aware of those contracts.”
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heed the admonitions not to watch television about the case, or read newspapers about it, or discuss it, and that they will then reach a proper verdict. “I tend to think it happens that way too,” he said. Hall said that from a defense attorney’s standpoint, “I don’t want to select a jury that knows it will be sequestered because that would significantly skew answers from jurors who might otherwise be good and fair jurors but don’t want to be sequestered and away from work or home for weeks on end. I’ve had two trials that lasted over two months, and neither was sequestered. One was on TV news every night on three channels.” “Except in the most extraordinary case, we have to rely on the ability of a jury to follow the instructions,” Hall said. Nancy Grace’s involvement makes for extraordinary cases. Hall said that if he ever had a case that Grace was interested in, he would ask the judge for a special instruction directed at her, telling jurors “not to watch her because she makes no pretext of being fair or accurately reporting facts. Even the newspaper would be closer to the truth than her, but nobody will know more about this case than the 12 of you because a verdict has to be based on what you hear in this courtroom, and not the imaginings of a shrill, unethical (ex-) prosecutor who hates anybody accused of a crime and wants everybody accused of a crime convicted, no matter that they are always protected by the presumption of innocence. If you were on trial for your freedom, you sure wouldn’t want a jury tainted by her misguided and often erroneous screeching. ... Convictions are based on facts, not articles of faith by demented TV commentators.”
we’ve reported before, the historic Packet House on Cantrell Road is soon to be used again as a restaurant. The building was purchased recently by Betty Richards, CEO of the Rich Logistics trucking firm in Little Rock, for $650,000. She’s working with chef and manager Wesley Ellis on plans for the Packet House Grill, which is expected to offer a Southern fusion menu.
n In the media column “Not so black and white” in the Aug. 3 edition, we mistakenly referred to the Democrat-Gazette’s Frank Fellone as managing editor when he is, in fact, deputy editor.
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onsider parents of college-age children in their mid-40s. In 1985, around the time many of them were entering college, the average annual price of tuition, fees and room and board for public, four-year colleges was $2,665 in constant 2010 dollars, according to The College Board. In 2010, that number leapt to $7,605. The gap is similar, though somewhat proportionally less, for private schools: $12,379 in 1985 to $27,293 in 2010.
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If adding consternation over that meteoric rise — four times the rate of inflation and almost twice the rate of medical care, according to a 2009 National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education report — to worries over depleted 401Ks and the potential for a double-dip recession wasn’t enough for parents, now comes an even more troubling prospect: that college, the perennial means of advancement for a new generation, is essentially worthless.
The arguments come, not from the fringe, but from the likes of Forbes, New York magazine (which called the notion “one of the year’s most fashionable ideas”) and even The Chronicle of Higher Education. The gist might sound familiar: A foundational part of the American Dream since World War II, college grew ever-more accessible over the years thanks to tax incentives and governmentbacked loans. But over the last several decades, price rapidly outpaced value, and now in a stagnant economy, millions of Americans are upside-down on their education. Student loan debt now outpaces credit card debt, while graduates’ earnings have actually fallen in the last decade. According to the Project on Student Debt, a non-profit funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other sources, Arkansans graduated from college owing, on average, $19,880 in 2009. What’s a diploma worth if you can’t find a job to pay for it? All of which has led higher education skeptics to conclude that higher education is a bubble soon to burst. Peter Thiel is perhaps the most vocal harbinger of doom. His track record lends him credence: A Silicon Valley billionaire who co-founded PayPal and made the first angel investment into Facebook, he secured $100 million for PayPal just before the dot com crash, which he says he anticipated. And he made another well-timed bet for his hedge fund against the housing market in 2007. “Education is a bubble in a classic sense,” he explained in an interview with National Review in January. “To call something a bubble, it must be overpriced and there must be an intense belief in it. Housing was a classic bubble, as were tech stocks in the ’90s, because they were both very overvalued, but there was an incredibly widespread belief that almost could not be questioned ... “Probably the only candidate left for a bubble ... is education. It’s basically extremely overpriced. People are not getting their money’s worth, objectively, when you do the math ... “It is, to my mind, in some ways worse than the housing bubble. There are a few things that make it worse. One is that when people make a mistake in taking on an education loan, they’re legally much more difficult to get out of than housing loans. With housing, typically they’re non-recourse — you can just walk out of the house. With education, they’re recourse, and they typically survive bankruptcy. If you borrowed money and went to a college where the education didn’t create any value, that is potentially a really big mistake.” Continued on page 14
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am Blair has been guiding Little Rock high school students through the agonies of college applications for a long time, continuing into his retirement from Central High School 11 years ago. He would never, he says, advise a student that college isn’t worth, say, $250,000, which is what a four-year education at Sarah Lawrence in New York would cost. It’s up to the family to decide the value, whether the sacrifice it may mean is worth it. Sarah Lawrence, at $58,716 for the 2011-2012 year, is the most expensive college in the country — but only by a couple of thousand dollars a year. Some people
HUPP: Chose Emory for its impressive academics.
— rational people — might say that you could send a kid around the globe with a private tutor and he’d get a great education for less money. In the best of all possible worlds, that might work. But in the real world, it’s the diploma that counts. Most families don’t plunk down a quarter million dollars for their children’s education. Fortunately, they don’t have to. Schools now use the FAFSA (a federal aid form) to determine what parents can afford (unfortunately, usually a sum higher than the parents can pay without hurting) and try to fill in the gaps. Blair knew a couple of students from middle-class families who decided on dif-
ferent ways to pay for school. Afshar Sanati is in college and traveling the world, and he’s getting paid to do it. The 2009 Central High graduate was president of the student body, a National Merit finalist, an Eagle Scout ... the kind of student that the University of Virginia ($48,988 out of state) and the University of North Carolina ($41,140) want. Both offered him money, but would have left him $20,000$25,000 short each year. His choice, as he put it to this reporter, was this: “$100,000 [debt] over four years versus getting paid.” Sanati chose getting paid. He attends the University of Arkansas on a Bodenhamer Fellowship, which pays tuition and fees and a stipend of $1,000 a semester. Worth $50,000 over five years, the fellowship also pays for study abroad; last year Sanati went to Argentina for a month to study Spanish and to Iran for three weeks on a trip arranged by the Walton School of Business, where he is a student. “I had my heart set on going out of state,” Sanati said. But after the business major made a cost/benefit analysis, he said, “it didn’t make sense to me” to turn down the fellowship. A free ride to the U of A meant easing the burden on his parents and it “keeps the options open for graduate school.” Sanati hasn’t looked back. “I’m very happy about the decision I made,” he said. A lot of out-of-state schools are “cutting-edge” in what they offer, but if the U of A is less so, the ability to study abroad — with the unique education that offers — makes up the difference, he said. Sanati has been impressed with the classes and says his professors are “top-notch.” He said it’s like Central High — where you can make things as easy or hard on yourself as you want. Sanati made it hard, with enough Advanced Placement credits that he could have entered the U of A as a sophomore. But if they’re paying you to study — and you love school — why rush? Sanati, a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the student government liaison to the athletic department, says if “you’re very driven and a goal setter” — which he is — you’ll get the education you want at the university. He’s got a plan — get a degree in business, work for a while, maybe get an MBA, maybe work in politics. Not every student, however, knows where he wants to end up before he takes his first college class. Billy Hupp has “no idea what I want to do,” but he knows he wants to explore his many interests — including jazz and theater — at a strong liberal arts school. Like Sanati, Hupp, 18, is a National Merit Scholar, great student and was accepted to several top-notch schools. And like Sanati, Hupp was offered a full ride to Continued on page 13
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a state school, Auburn University in Alabama, which, he said, has used that strategy to enroll more National Merit scholars than any other school in the country. Hupp was also accepted at Washington University, Wake Forest and Emory. Emory ($55,992) offered the best scholarship package of the three, $36,000 a year for four years. He’ll have to take out a loan, and his parents will make up the difference. When he graduates, he’ll owe about $22,000 and his parents will have paid about $40,000. So why turn down Auburn? “Billy’s mom and I had lots of conversations,” Hupp’s father, Robert Hupp, said. They balanced cost versus what school would benefit their son the most. “For Billy, that happened to be Emory.” Billy Hupp said the campus visit helped him make up his mind — his guide at Auburn stressed the football team and campus life and scarcely mentioned the academics. Hupp has an older brother at Middlebury College in Vermont, and a younger brother who is a junior at Central. Robert Hupp — who is the director of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre — said he is committed to giving each child the same opportunity. “Our educational philosophy supports the importance of the liberal arts,” Robert Hupp said. His son added that had he been thinking of a degree in engineering or architecture, he would have considered the U of A. Robert Hupp reflected that when he was in college, at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., the cost was $6,000 a year “and we thought that was outrageous.” He called the way colleges calculate tuition today as
a thing “unto itself,” with studies showing that some schools charge more because of the perception people have that a more expensive college is a better college. The high-performing Hupp and Sanati are stand-outs, both in their school record and economic background. Not all students are offered free rides, and some must even work their way through, making getting a degree a drawn-out procedure. Nathan Seamon went to Hendrix College for a semester. “I learned a lot, but not about academics,” he said; his parents pulled him out for failing and enrolled him in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. “I didn’t have my head right,” Seamon, 26, said, and he dropped out again to go to work for his father. “It only took a couple of years finishing concrete,” Seamon said, to convince him to go back to school. But his parents said he had to pay for it. Seamon, who happens to be a state champion arm wrestler, works full-time (he’s a probation officer), and tries to get in four classes a year. He pays around $700 a class, unless he’s enrolled in two at once, in which case the price per class drops a bit; sometimes he’ll skip a semester to earn money to pay for the classes. Because of his early Fs and some extra math class requirements, Seamon has been slow to advance — after seven years, he is just now a sophomore. But he thinks things will pick up now and hopes to have a bachelor’s degree in another five years at the most. Like the winning arm wrestler he is, he persists. “Nowadays, you’ve got to have a college degree in something, even if it’s not related to your field,” he said. Peggy Seamon, Nathan’s mother, says she and her husband are proud of him for going back to school. “We help him some,” she said, “but he seems to value it because he is doing it on his own.”
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But where does Arkansas fit into the debate? As a relatively poor and rural state, we’ve always questioned the value of higher education. For the first time, at least in recent history, a majority (51.7 percent) of recent public high school graduates enrolled in some sort of postsecondary education in 2010. Among those who attend college, significantly fewer graduate in Arkansas after six years than they do nationally (near 39 percent to near 57 percent, respectively, from 20012006, the most recent period comparable data is available). Still, average tuition and fees at our public institutions has increased dramatically. From 2001 to 2010 among public, four-year colleges and universities, tuition and fees jumped from $3,434 to $6,068, a 76 percent increase. That appears to be a relative bargain compared to the average national climb — a 101 percent jump in the same period — but considering Arkansas’s median household income is about 30 percent below the national median, Arkansans probably feel the increase just as much as anyone else. What’s behind the jump? College administrators have some ideas. Dr. Donald Bobbitt won’t assume his position as president of the University of Arkansas System until Nov. 1, but he said recently that the drivers of cost increases throughout higher education are fairly consistent. “Life has become more complicated. Institutions need to provide more services to our students than I suspect were in place when I was school [at the University of Arkansas] in the ’70s — advisers, career counselors, safety on campus and a number of other things.”
As increased services have come into play, state funding hasn’t followed along, Bobbitt said, a point echoed by Dr. Allen Meadors, president of the University of Central Arkansas. “Across the nation, the amount of appropriations going to universities has been decreasing for the last 20 years. When I was in school here, probably 75 percent to 80 percent of the budget was state appropriation. Today, it’s 37 cents on the dollar. When you’re getting 80 percent from the state you can have low tuition. “It’s not the state’s fault. Medicaid eats up a big part of the state’s budget. We want good highways. What about our criminal justice system? When they spend money
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price increase since 2004, college president Dr. Tim Cloyd was quick to point out the distinction between price and cost at Hendrix. “Our price has increased dramatically over the last eight years, but our cost per family has really not increased dramatically.” Cloyd said that Hendrix has readjusted its sticker price because it has been out of line with its peer set. “We were offering the same sort of product and experience in the baseline as Rhodes, W&L and Vanderbilt, and our price was way lower.” But as tuition has risen at Hendrix, so too has financial aid, according to Cloyd. Hendrix not only offers needbased financial and merit scholarships, it
$19,880* there, it’s got to come from somewhere else, and it’s come from universities.” To get a sense of where public university prices might be going, Meadors suggests looking to the price of private schools, which don’t receive state funding. The gap is still wide, he said, comparing UCA, where tuition and fees are $7,183 this year (the highest in the state by $10 above University of Arkansas Fayetteville), to Hendrix, where tuition this year is $33,930. But if appropriations continue to decrease, he said it will only narrow. But comparing the cost of public schools to private ones isn’t always so straightforward. When asked recently about Hendrix College’s 105 percent
recently created a new class of financial support it calls distinction awards, given to students for “gifts, talents and passions.” Today, 100 percent of Hendrix students receive some sort of financial aid. According to Cloyd, Hendrix’s discount rate — the average percentage of financial aid per student — is double that of most similarly priced institutions. This year, for instance, the average student-aid award was $27,662. But even that number doesn’t represent the actual average cost per student because it also factors in federal student loans, which can be as high as $7,500 for third and fourth year students. Cloyd said because of Hendrix’s high discount rate the tuition increase hasn’t represented a significant revenue
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Editorial n Though there may be unsavory types hanging around on occasion, state Capitols aren’t hideouts; they’re meant to be seen. Arkansas has erred in the past by allowing private development that partially blocks the view of its Capitol. Let us learn from our mistake. The Capitol Zoning District Commission is considering an application to erect a five-story office building on Sixth Street opposite the Capitol. The project would require the Commission to amend its current regulations, which permit a building no taller than three stories on the chosen site. The Commission has received about 130 communications in support of the proposed construction, including letters from contractors and others with a vested interest in such matters. Many of the letters are form letters, and in many cases, multiple letters were received from one address – 17 in one instance, 11 in another, 3 or 4 in a great many. More than 90 communications opposing the plan have been received, some from neighborhood improvement groups and community activists. A couple of legislators, Reps. Kathy Webb and Darrin Williams, both Democrats from Little Rock, are among the opponents. The application is on the agenda for the Zoning Commission’s Aug. 25 meeting. The Capitol is the seat of government, and a handsome building in its own right. It should be flaunted, not hidden.
Griffin’s way n Like Richard Nixon, Ed Bethune, and of course his old mentor, Karl Rove, Tim Griffin is a devotee of dirty tricks. Straightforward, ethical behavior seems beyond him. Some genetic defect, perhaps. The U.S. representative from the Second Congressional District held a town hall meeting in Little Rock last week at which staffers handed out materials that included a list of Florida activists who’ve been critical of Republican politicians. Photographs of these activists were included, and hostile questions for them, about their personal and professional backgrounds, were suggested. One of the Florida activists, Tamecka Pierce, said the distribution of the materials was intended to encourage harassment of activists who’ve already spoken up, and to intimidate other citizens from doing so. Jonathan Samford, the communications director for Griffin, told the Huffington Post (Griffin’s office has little to say to the Times) that the distribution of the divisive material was intended to make Griffin’s town hall meetings more civil. In his job, Mr. Samford will have a lot of far-fetched responses to make. It was in Florida in the 2004 presidential election that Griffin was caught in a scheme to keep blacks and other potential Democratic voters away from the polls. His tactics haven’t changed.
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Back to work n After two weeks of vacation, I prepared to go back to work with a speed reading of accumulated newspapers. These stories stood out: • Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola’s desperate defense of his $500 million sales tax proposal. Tens of millions are being sought to pay for services required for western reaches of the city annexed in the last 20 years or so. Yet Stodola, in answering criticism of the city’s failure to charge meaningful development impact fees, claims developers pay an impact fee by installing streets and sewers. That’s at best misleading. Stodola is parroting the tired growth-pays-for-itself baloney long served up by city leaders. If that were true West Little Rock would already have a fire station, adequate parks, sufficient police coverage and all the other city services taxpayers are now being asked to finance. This latest tax proposal takes developer-friendly sophistry to a new level, however. Now taxpayers must pay for growth not only after the fact, but also beforehand. Stodola is asking taxpayers for a $38 million slush fund, much of which will essentially be controlled by the unaccountable Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. Free market capitalism is passe in Little Rock. Now taxpayers must pay bribes to entice businesses here. Build the Little Rock economy? Stodola could start by insisting that only local vendors be used in the work on the pro-tax campaign. • Tyson and Walmart money will support the University of Arkansas’s new Center for Food Animal Well Being. It is to be a “voice” on animal production issues. The new leader of the center stressed that the program would be “pro-agriculture.” What she meant was that the university will serve as an advocate for the industrial food supply business against those working, if not for an end to the killing of animals for food, for laws requiring more humane treatment before and during slaughter. It doesn’t seem to have
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occurred to the university’s Tyson-endowed expert that more humane practices and being pro-agriculture need not be mutually exclusive. Perhaps the new Center will surprise me with scientific research endorsing, for example, more room for penned livestock. But I expect it to be more like the Walton-financed School of Education Reform, where nearly all the faculty enjoys enriched pay courtesy of Walton endowments. I’ve been assured that tenure (something the Waltons hate in public schools) allows this faculty to research and report without fear of angering Waltons should the school’s research discover fallacies in the charter school/ school choice/anti-teachers union agenda the Waltons favor. But the fact is that this rarely happens. There, as with the new agriculture researcher, faculty members make it clear their thinking is in line with their benefactors and they are at work to validate it. You’d be hard-pressed to learn from their public pronouncements, for example, that national research has yet to prove the superiority of alternatives to conventional public schools. Similarly, I don’t expect the new food experts at UA to be issuing stinging reviews of Tyson animal practices. I’m just saying: We don’t allow judges to hear cases involving parties from which they receive financial benefits. I’m not sure tenure cleanses the practice for academics. • Tell me again how we justify paying $326,000 to Ernie Passailaigue, director of the Arkansas Lottery. Did Ernie P. really say that the IRS misunderstood its own deadlines for paying taxes, deadlines which the lottery has missed for two years running? Couldn’t we hire someone of equal competence for about half the cost?
Judicial legislating of health care n Forget the headlines about foes of the health insurance reform law winning a big victory in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Matters are not going well for that side. Two appellate courts have now ruled on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The 6th Circuit said it was entirely constitutional, and the 11th Circuit said only one part of it — the part that may enjoy the widest support — was unconstitutional but that everything else about the law was not only constitutional but, it implied, a sound reasoned response to a great problem. Still, the two most rightward judges on the 11th Circuit — Chief Judge Joel Dubina and Judge Frank Hull — gave the foes of the law what they needed, a victory of some sort, even a pyrrhic one. Dubina was a certain foe. His daughter, one of the most reactionary members of Congress, has been a fierce critic of the health law. Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama was one of the handful who voted two weeks ago to let the country go into default rather than let the government continue to operate. Roby had declared the health law unconstitutional, so the judge could hardly rebuke his daughter so publicly. The other judge, Frank Hull
Ernest Dumas (Frank is a woman, by the way) was appointed by Bill Clinton when a Senate minority blocked his moderate nominee and forced him to name someone Southern Republicans would let pass. But neither the daughter nor any of the other Republicans who were counting on a sweeping decision can be happy about Dubina’s and Hull’s long, baffling and contradictory opinion. They said the so-called “individual mandate” for uninsured people to buy insurance or pay a small tax exceeded Congress’s powers under the commerce clause, but that did not prevent every other part of the massive reform act from being implemented. The opponents of the law did not really care much about the individual mandate, but it was the one vehicle they might use to get the whole law thrown out. Worse for the opponents than the narrowness of the decision was Dubina’s flimsy reasoning. It took the third judge
Irony abounds as religion arises n If you want irony, pop open a can of worms on religion, on those who claim it and those who don’t. To begin, ponder this riddle: Why would atheists want to advertise and proselytize? Why would someone not believing in a deity feel compelled to appeal publicly to others also not to believe? Isn’t that an innately passive thing — not believing? It’s the professed believers who often behave with overbearing and arrogant presumptuousness. They assert themselves to be so much in the holy right that they are commanded by their supreme being to bring others to their supposed truth. Under the culturally pervasive bombardment of all that, it would seem that an atheist would appreciate a simple letting-alone. If you want the religionists to mind their business, would it not help if you minded yours? After all, a belief or a rejection of belief is not an argument to be won, nor is it a reason for anger against those who don’t share it. It is to be internally held and
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personally applied for whatever value the believer or disbeliever takes from it. Real persuasion of others would likely come less from debate than from the example set by the actions through which the belief manifests itself. But, no, an atheist group wanted to pay $5,000 to put signs on 18 Little Rock city buses for the Riverfest activity over the Memorial Day weekend. They were to say, “Are you good without God? Millions are.” Predictably, the city bus authority and its advertising agency, fearful of being cast as heathens in a religiously overbearing culture, balked. They threw up costly obstacles — such as the requirement of $3 million worth of insurance — on the supposed fear that professed God-believers
— an old Ronald Reagan acolyte — fewer than half the pages in his dissent to demolish it so thoroughly that the Supreme Court will have to rummage on its own to find ways to strike down the law. That is not so remote. Though Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy have authored opinions that are solid premises for upholding the act under the commerce clause, Scalia, John Roberts, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas can be counted on to outlaw any Democratic initiative. To strike down the law, they will have to persuade Kennedy to engage in this stark bit of judicial legislating. The mandate is critical to the part of the law that seeks to insure most of the 50 million Americans who are not insured because they don’t want insurance, can’t afford it or the companies won’t insure them owing to their propensity to get sick. When they get medical attention, a big part of the costs — roughly $50 billion a year — is shifted to the 200 million people who are insured or else to the taxpayers. It raises the average premium nearly $1,000 a year. The mandate is supposed to end that shift. The majority judges found the purpose laudable but said the provision of the Constitution that lets Congress legislate in areas affecting interstate commerce does not anticipate Congress requiring Americans to buy insurance from a private company “from the day they are born to the day they die.” Although the line is repeated in some form many times in the opinion, it
is an untruthful description of the act, but that is a small matter. Here is the crazy irony: In the judges’ opinion, Congress could require people to buy insurance from the government, like Medicare, Medicaid or the public option that conservatives excluded from the law, but not from a private business. And it could require people to buy insurance from a company on the night they go to an emergency room or a doctor’s office but not when they are healthy and not needing medical care. “I can find nothing in logic or law that so circumscribes Congress’ commerce power and yields so anomalous a result,” Stanley Marcus, the dissenting judge, wrote. Then the judges reach absurdity. They describe the mandate as sweeping and dictatorial and then criticize Congress for making it toothless. The tax that people would pay if they did not buy insurance is small — $98 in 2014 — and insurance companies say it is so small that the mandate is practically meaningless. It can’t be both ruthless and toothless, can it? As for the tax, the judges said it was a “penalty” and not a tax, otherwise the mandate would be perfectly legal under Congress’s taxing power. It was described as a tax in both the House and Senate bills but it was changed to “penalty” in the final act to blunt Republican charges that the act was a tax increase. The judges happily concurred: It is not a tax increase. That is the kind of jurisprudence that the Republicans hope will end Obamacare.
would commit illegal acts of violent vandalism against property so adorned. Remember, this is about irony, to wit: Certain professed God-believers, who surely assert that that their godliness is the source of goodness, not to mention of law and order and civility and decency, stood accused by the city of being so godless in their supposed godliness that they would break the law and damage property because they disagreed intolerantly and violently with public expression in a society we say we want to be free. This, then, may be the answer to the riddle on what the atheists are really up to: They want to proselytize less than to avail themselves of opportunities such as this to get a court to make into case law what is clear in the U.S. Constitution. That is that atheists have equal civil liberties, even in a country and culture that can be oppressive toward nonbelievers. But you can’t go to court without a grievance. Thus this advertising attempt was kind of like a trap. The transit authority gobbled the bait. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright in Little Rock had to acknowledge last week that a public agency may not deny free speech to a group seeking to pay hard currency for a perfectly legitimate if widely offensive advertising message. But the judge also ruled that, while the
atheists were due free speech, they would need to put up a $15,000 bond to cover any vandalism. Thus we behold a rich three-for-one irony: One — A judge says your speech is free and I’m only going to charge you $15,000 for it. (The $5,000 is to use the advertising medium, but the $15,000 is because what you intend to say offends people. See the difference?) Two — The $15,000 is a penalty on the innocent party in the event a guilty party disdainful of constitutional principle and law commits a criminal act. Three — This criminal act is suspected of people professing belief in a God who is good against the legal actions of people who don’t so profess or don’t so believe. May I propose a solution? How about this: Religious people believe as they wish. Atheists disbelieve as they wish. Each side shuts up about it. Neither side bothers or pays attention to the other. Religious people behave consistently with what they preach. Atheists save money on city bus signs. It’s pretty ambitious and radical, I know. John Brummett is a columnist and reporter for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. www.arktimes.com • AUGUST 17, 2011 17
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DR. JACK LASSITER UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO “As an open admissions institution, the University of Arkansas at Monticello is committed to providing educational opportunities for the state and region while maintaining the lowest cost of attendance of any four-year university in Arkansas. UAM is a three-campus system of postsecondary education offering a wide variety of programs ranging from technical certification to graduate degrees at our main campus in Monticello as well as our Colleges of Technology in Crossett and McGehee. For more than a century, UAM has offered thousands of individuals the chance to achieve richer, more rewarding lives through a higher education. This is both our legacy and our future. Have you got what it takes to be a boll weevil?”
ROBERT CHARLES BROWN, PH.D. ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY “Higher education is changing, and Arkansas Tech University is changing with the times. In order to reach a more diverse community of learners, Arkansas Tech has made a significant investment in online education through our eTech digital campus. We will make higher education more attainable by offering flexible scheduling at an affordable price from a well-known and accredited university. The eTech initiative is a new twist on a proven philosophy at Arkansas Tech. Regardless of the delivery method, the core mission of Arkansas Tech University remains the same–producing quality graduates who are prepared to contribute to the economic development of our state.”
“The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith serves the greater Fort Smith region and Western Arkansas as a leader in higher education, workforce development, quality of place opportunities, and economic development activities. The university is committed to educating individuals for the 21st century through internships and an international focus. Our faculty and staff are, first and foremost, committed to our students and their undergraduate success, giving them lifelong skills in critical and creative thinking and problem solving while preparing them for a fulfilling career when they graduate.”
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“SAUTech is a two-year college accredited by the North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission and provides a fully transferable two-year general education degree. SAU Tech provides statewide technical training through the Arkansas Fire Training Academy and the Arkansas Environmental Training Academy. SAU Tech offers programs in graphic design, web design, film and video production, teacher education, nursing, aviation maintenance, industrial technology and more. We offer oncampus housing, online degrees and a comprehensive workforce training program. Located inside one of the largest privately owned industrial parks in the southern United States. For these reasons, and many more, SAU Tech is the perfect choice for YOU!”
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“The saying goes that you cannot be a prophet in your own land. Arkansas needs to know that Philander Smith College has rapidly become one of the most admired, studied, and talked about small private colleges in the nation. National experts cite our overall campus operations and retention rates. Environmentalists note our commitment to sustainability, and the completion of two LEED certified residence halls in 2 years. Arne Duncan has cited us twice in major speeches for our work with Black men. Colleges and universities nationally create imitations of our renowned Bless the Mic lecture series. And major foundations marvel that this United Methodist College boldly proclaims a social justice mission. We’d be proud if you would join our family.”
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“Southern Arkansas University is a quality, comprehensive, regional university. Since 1909, our outstanding graduates have made an important impact on our state, region, and beyond. We are excited to begin construction very soon on a new Agriculture Center, a state-of-the-art academic facility that will benefit students for generations to come. The School of Graduate Studies is growing at a rapid pace and is offering a variety of new programs, both online and traditional. Our university theme is ‘Tradition of Success.’ We are here to serve students and help them develop to their full potential as they prepare to impact the future of us all.”
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“Arkansas State University-Beebe is a comprehensive two-year college with strong associate degree transfer programs as well as certificates of proficiency and one year technical certificates. Because our students come from 47 Arkansas counties and over 100 cities, we have two residence halls. ASU-Beebe has some unique associate degree programs, including the state’s only John Deere program and only veterinary technology program. Because most of ASU-Beebe students plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree, ASU-Jonesboro teaches 11 baccalaureate and three master’s degrees on the Beebe campus. ASU-Beebe was recently ranked in the top ten percent of community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute.”
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“Your Hendrix Odyssey: Engaging in Active Learning has attracted national attention to Arkansas. The Odyssey experience guides students to combine critical thought with action and is why U.S. News twice placed Hendrix at the top of its list of liberal arts colleges that are ‘making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, and student life.’ Through Odyssey, Hendrix is changing the lives of those who can change the world. I invite you to visit our campus and discover where Your Hendrix Odyssey can take you.”
“CBC is one of the fasting growing institutions in Arkansas. As student enrollment increases so do our academic offerings. We are consistently adding new four-year degrees and recently celebrated regional accreditation of our new fully online degree programs by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. At Central, students discover programs characterized by academic rigor, practical experience, and spiritual direction in a Christ-focused environment. Discover your place at Central Baptist College.”
“Serving students’ changing needs is what Henderson is all about. From our recently completed 7,000-square-foot biological field station built with private money to the new technology center, the university gives students the tools to excel. Explore our more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs on our redesigned website, www.hsu.edu.”
“Ouachita Baptist University, established in 1886, is celebrating its 125th anniversary as a leading liberal arts university. Ranked among “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News and Forbes magazines, Ouachita remains committed to the twin pillars of a love of God and a love of learning. We seek to build difference makers through our seven academic schools, international study opportunities and vibrant campus life.”
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“The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), as the second oldest institution of higher education in Arkansas, is one of two land-grant institutions of the state. Since 1873, we have provided opportunities for all people aspiring to improve their socioeconomic status. Thousands have benefited from our mission as we continue to contribute to the human capital of our nation and address societal challenges. UAPB is better prepared than ever before to deliver a quality education with a personal touch. Visit our television (UAPB-TV) and radio (KUAP 89.7 FM) stations on our website (uapb.edu) to see us now.”
“The University of Central Arkansas is committed to excellence through the delivery of outstanding undergraduate and graduate education that remains current and responsive to the diverse needs of those it serves. The university’s faculty and staff promote the intellectual, professional, social and personal development of its students through innovations in learning, scholarship and creative endeavors. Students, faculty and staff partner to create strong engagement with the local, national and global communities. UCA is dedicated to academic vitality, diversity and integrity.”
“NorthWest Arkansas Community College is proud to celebrate over 20 years of serving and strengthening our community through learning for living. We promote positive changes in the individuals that we serve, and we’re dedicated to improving the lives of all the citizens of northwest Arkansas. Our caring and exceptional faculty and staff are committed to creating a learning environment that inspires our nearly 17,000 students to reach their highest potential. Student learning is what we’re all about. NorthWest Arkansas Community College is proud of our history, energized by the present, and excited about the future.”
COSSATOT COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS “Our methods are always evolving and our techniques are always improving. However, our mission remains the same–offering what the student wants. Whether a student is preparing to transfer to a four-year university or transition straight into the job market, once they are enrolled at CCCUA, they are part of the Cossatot family, a family of faculty, advisors, business office personnel, and more, with one goal in mind: to help the student succeed. Our campuses are expanding and offering more traditional college amenities for all to enjoy: Campus cafes, learning centers, outside study areas, fully equipped computer labs, Wi-Fi campuses, and much, much more.”
DR. LARRY DAVIS UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE AT MORRILTON “At UACCM, we are celebrating the milestones of our 50th anniversary, our 20th year as a college, and our 10th anniversary as a member of the University of Arkansas System. We are proud of our past and excited about the future as we become the first two-year college in the state to connect to the AREON fiber optic network, offering our students the opportunity for expanded educational opportunities. A devoted faculty and staff, ambitious students, and a commitment to excellence in learning and personal enrichment will continue to be the trademarks of UACCM as we continue to assist our students with their “journey with meaning.”
DAN L. WORRELL, PH.D., DEAN DR. JOEL ANDERSON, CHANCELLOR UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK “UALR serves the people of Arkansas, our country, and the world. It is known for excellent graduates, innovative research, bold ideas, and willingness to tackle tough community and state issues. Our students are wonderfully diverse and hard-working, and they leave UALR with a greatly expanded understanding of our complex world. Our faculty hold degrees from the finest graduate schools in the nation and the world including MIT, University of Michigan, Russian Academy of Sciences, Harvard, Duke, Stanford, and Yale. The faculty and staff at UALR stand ready to help you meet your highest goals. Our purpose is to help you come to value the process of learning and make it your own. Visit campus and find out for yourself how much UALR has to offer you.”
SAM M. WALTON COLLEGE OF BUSINESS, UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS “The Sam M. Walton College of Business combines classroom learning and realworld experiences to prepare students for all kinds of careers. As the state’s premier business school, the Walton College offers top faculty, modern facilities, and the latest in technology. Let us help you build a future — where you can make your mark no matter what path you choose.”
DR. DAN F. BAKKE PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE “Pulaski Technical College plays a critical role in higher education in central Arkansas. A successful community college has to rise to the challenges of the workforce needs of the local economy. The changing demands of an uncertain economy make further education a necessity, and Pulaski Tech’s success is measured by the degree to which we can improve the lives of our students, families and the community.”
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Major trends M ARKANSAS BAPTIST COLLEGE New offerings at Arkansas Baptist College in downtown Little Rock make it a great place for business-minded students to sharpen their skills. This fall, the Department of Business Administration will offer a concentration in entrepreneurship, and that’s just the beginning. In 2012, the Scott Ford Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development will open and offer a special course designed to immerse participants in eight lifelessons that are fundamental concepts to building an entrepreneurial mindset. Tabbed the Icehouse Project, it was developed by Pulitzer Prize-nominee Clifton Taulbert and Gary Schoeniger. ABC is one of the initial sites selected to launch the pilot program. “The Scott Ford Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development will be the hub of our efforts to send out a corps of entrepreneurs who want to build for-profit operations while serving the communities where they do business,” said Dr. Fitz Hill, president of Arkansas Baptist. The Center will also offer a micro-lending program. Other key components are already in place. ABC is entering a partnership with the African Bean Company, which has developed Roots Java as its leading coffee brand. Currently, the African Bean Company is negotiating with major retailers throughout the country to sell the coffee. The college will have a Roots Java retail outlet in the same building as the Center when it opens next year, and a portion of the profits will assist the college in its capital campaign. Two new buildings will be ready for student use this fall. A new dining hall opens in September, and the General Studies II Building, which is equipped with interactive smart boards, is already ready for students. ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY Leaders at ASU are thinking global. Earlier this year, the interim chancellor signed off on the Higher Education Compact, which is a “compact between the public institutions of higher education in the state with the people of Arkansas” to accomplish a wide array of important objectives needed to prepare students for a globally connective and highly competitive market place. In line with the goal of preparing students to compete internationally, the Board of Trustees voted to increase admission standards for undergraduate students at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro, which will also contribute to higher student retention and graduation rates. The new standards go into effect fall 2012. The University has entered into a mutual opportunities global agreement with universities in South Korea, China, Japan, Kuwait and Turkey. ASU boasts a high international student enrollment with more than 1,000 students from 68 countries. And when it comes to being globally competitive in a different arena, ASU students have proven they can hold their own. The men’s rugby team advanced to the Final Four for the second consecutive year in 2011 in the College Premier Division. Rugby,
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A new “leisure lounge” at Henderson State University gives students a break from studying. which is extremely popular in the United Kingdom, is a club sport at ASU. ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY Enrollment at Arkansas Tech University will top 10,000 students for the first time in school history this fall, and eTech, the digital campus at Arkansas Tech, is a big reason why. The university has made a significant investment in the resources necessary to increase its online course offerings to offer students greater flexibility in where, when and at what pace they learn. Arkansas Tech’s distance learning initiatives will also provide students with an affordable alternative to other online colleges and a chance to earn a degree from an accredited and wellknown public university. The first major venture for eTech is the Accelerated Degree Program, which gives students who have accumulated 60 or more credit hours the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in as short as 18 months. Arkansas Tech had already received more than 1,200 inquires from individuals interested in pursuing the Accelerated Degree Program as of early August. Students who spend time on campus have a lot to look forward to as well. Baswell Techionery, a new 14,220-square foot student union, opens this fall. The $3.3 million facility includes dining opportunities, meeting spaces for student organizations and lounge areas for students to enjoy their free time. “The large windows provide a beautiful view of campus, and the welcoming environment inside makes it the kind of place you want to spend time,” said
Susie Nicholson, vice president for student services and university relations. Additionally, more opportunities for living on campus at Arkansas Tech are on the way. A new five-story, 290bed residence hall is on the drawing board and due to open in fall 2013. Already, a school-record 2,611 students will live in campus housing during the 2011-12 academic year. In fact, the number of Tech students choosing to live on-campus has increased by 207 percent since 1995. Arkansas Tech added 159 beds to its inventory over the summer by renovating Tucker Residence Hall and by leasing space at Vista Place Apartments, which are located less than a mile from the Tech campus. CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE Last fall, the student roster at Central Baptist College listed the names of 742 students, representing a 19 percent increase over 2009. The uptick marked the sixth consecutive year that enrollment increased. As a matter of fact, it has doubled since 2004. With this growth comes three major construction projects, part of a $12 million fundraising campaign called “Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making.” Crews will be building a 38,000-square foot academic building, renovating and expanding the current library and constructing a new residence hall. The new buildings needn’t be complete for new academic programs to commence. This fall, Central Baptist College will offer seven new Bachelor’s of Science in Education degrees in education, kinesiology, early childhood, middle level language arts/social studies,
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Hendrix students connect what they learn in the classroom with hands-on learning experiences, such as internships, international study, research and service. In addition to their coursework, each student must complete at least three Odyssey projects selected from the following six categories: Artistic Creativity, Global Awareness, Professional & Leadership Development, Service to the World, Undergraduate Research and Special Projects. Hendrix offers a large variety of programs that further support engaged learning for students. These programs include the Hendrix Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics, and Calling, the Crain-Maling Center of Jewish Culture, and new international study opportunities in Belgium, China and Rwanda. Last year, Hendrix successfully completed a $100 million capi-
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www.obu.edu // 1.800.DIAL.OBU HENDRIX COLLEGE Recognized as the No. 1 “up-andcoming” liberal arts college in America in the 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges, Hendrix College attributes much of its success to a program it launched in 2005 dubbed “Your Hendrix Odyssey: Engaging in Active Learning.” Through Odyssey,
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OBU was one of 12 universities nationwide selected for a prestigious genomics research project.
JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY This private Christian university has made such a name for itself in engineering that NASA recently invited four students to compete in its Lunabotics Mining
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Competition for the second year in a row. The team won first place in the “Systems Engineering Paper” category and ninth place overall. It seems fitting, then, that this fall JBU will open the 40,000-squarefoot Balzer Technology Center to house its engineering and construction management programs. “We’re proud of our engineering students and their successes,” says Dr. Larry Bland, head of the engineering department. “We have students working on federal grants building solar water heaters for the EPA and ‘lunabotics’ for NASA. Our undergrads have found jobs at firms like Texas Instruments, T.D. Williamson, Lockheed Martin and Boeing.” Although those programs are two of the most popular at JBU, its business students have also performed well in competitions. Recently, JBU business teams swept first, second and third place in both the state and tri-state Donald W. Reynolds Cup Business Plan Competition undergraduate division. Students in the business division frequently get internship opportunities with prestigious companies like Walmart, Del Monte, J.B. Hunt and Tyson. OUACHITA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY This year, OBU celebrates its 125th anniversary as a leading liberal arts university in a Christ-centered learning community, and the first anniversary of the Worship Studies Program’s three majors designed to develop skilled and scholarly musicians, ministers and artists. The Church Media/Production Arts, Christian Media/Communications and Biblical Languages majors are offered through the University’s Pruet School of Christian Studies in conjunction with the School of Fine Arts and the School of Humanities. “One of the strengths of Ouachita is that the different disciplines see education as a cooperative effort and are more than willing to work with each other to craft an interdisciplinary degree,” said Dr. Danny Hays, dean of the Pruet School of Christian Studies. “It is an opportunity to draw on the expertise across campus and craft the degree to match the vocation. We feel this will enhance students’ options.” Students should take note of two other items: Ouachita was one of 12 universities nationwide selected this year to participate in the prestigious National Genomics Research Initiative coordinated by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Additionally, a new international partnership with Liverpool Hope University in the United Kingdom adds to the international study opportunities available in more than a dozen countries. PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE Philander Smith, a private liberal arts
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as a stand-alone program. college in downtown Little Rock, “As the United States moves toward will begin its 134th year with a new a more competitive global economy, Residential Life Center, construction there will be an increasing demand on a new student union, and a new for more efficient logistics systems athletic director to go along with a and highly qualified people to mantransition into the Gulf Coast League. age them,” Dean Dan L. Worrell of The college’s mission is to “graduate the Walton College said as the new academically accomplished students department was launched earlier who are grounded as advocates for this year. “Logistics costs continue social justice, determined to intentionto rise, even as attention to the ally change the world for the better.” need for sharper cost reductions President Dr. Walter Kimbrough is increases for business.” particularly passionate about the Despite widespread recognition school’s social justice initiative. “The of the need for qualified supply best definition for social justice is that A lecture hall at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is an epic setting for education. chain managers, only about 60 it promotes awareness of inequalities,” of the nearly 500 accredited business programs in the This fall, the new Mulerider Activity Center opens. he says. “We live in a world where inequality exists. United States offer relevant degrees. “The designation The $5 million facility houses an indoor walking track, What we hope to do is graduate people who are sensiof the new department reflects growth in the field and a full-size basketball court, cardiovascular and weight tive to them, and in some way, work to redress them.” has received widespread industry support, from firms as training equipment, meeting rooms, and a smoothie bar. The college is affiliated with the United Methodist varied as Walmart Stores Inc., Tyson Foods Inc., J.B. Hunt Church and a founding member of the United Negro Transport Services Inc., FedEx Freight and ABF Freight THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS SAM M. WALTON College Fund. System Inc.,” said Matt Waller, chair of the Walton ColCOLLEGE OF BUSINESS lege supply chain management department. For the fourth year in a row, the Walton College tied SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY for 24th among top public undergraduate business Enrollment in the sciences at SAU has grown draUNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS – FORT SMITH schools, according to the U.S. News & World Report matically since the 60,000-sqaure-foot, $17.5 million Once construction crews complete the 40,000-square2011 America’s Best Colleges. To make sure the Walton Science Center opened in 2010. Soon, construction will foot addition to the Boreham library, students will have College stays at the forefront in a field that has become begin on a state-of-the-art building for the new Center access to 24-hour computer labs with advanced technology central to retail and other business success, it recently for Agricultural Studies, which will house SAU’s Departfor research. It’s not the only cutting-edge technology on established a department of supply chain management, ment of Agriculture and provide the latest technology campus: UAFS’s health science laboratories are known the fourth such department in the nation to be created and equipment for students and faculty.
my academics at JBU: outstanding faculty With degrees from Stanford to Princeton to Oxford, summer research in France to archaeological excavation in Jordan, professors at JBU are excellent in their f ields.
exceptional opportunities In Spring 2011, JBU students swept the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup, and were one of 36 teams to participate in NASA’ s Lunabotics Mining Competition.
lunches with my prof Our 14:1 student-professor ratio means smaller classes and one-on-one learning opportunities. Faculty at JBU interact with students both in and outside the classroom.
U.S. News and World Report listed JBU as having the “Highest Graduation Rate” among Baccalaureate Colleges in the Southern Region, in 2010. Our mission is to provide Christ-centered education that prepares students to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual, and professional lives. Learn more at www.jbu.edu
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for allowing students to utilize the most advanced tools available. These resources contribute greatly to student success, and in that same vein, UAFS has implemented an Academic Early Alert system that targets students who are exhibiting academic difficulties and offers them assistance. In addition, advising procedures have been improved so that all students meet with an academic advisor each semester before registration. Students will also be able to use â€“ after all their homeworkâ€™s done, of course â€“ a soccer field, which is set for fall intramural use. Students who love sports but donâ€™t care to participate have something new to
be excited about as well. The University has been granted full standing as a NCAA Division II athletic program for Fall 2011. For students interested in broadening their horizons, opportunities to study briefly overseas continue to expand, as do semester and year-long student exchanges. Last year, Maymester classes took 150 students all over the world, with classes taking place in eight different foreign locations ranging from Belize to China. UAFS also maintains exchange relations with 20 foreign universities. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT FAYETTEVILLE To meet the needs of its growing student body, which has jumped more than 20 percent during the last five years, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has embarked on several capital projects. The newest academic building is the Nanoscale Mechanical Science and Engineering Building, a facility that brings together leading research from several departments involving discoveries and inventions at the nanoscale, including a new â€œpaperâ€? made of titanium nanowires and that can be heated up to 700 degrees Celsius. Ozark Hall and Vol Walker Hall are being renovated and expanded for the Graduate School and its Honors College and the Fay Jones School of Architectureâ€™s architectural landscape and interior design programs, respectively. Other upgrades include digital projectors and wireless connection to the web in classrooms so professors can provide students with broader and deeper context for lectures and the installation of energy-saving devices all across campus. New academic programs include an athletic training degree in the College of Education and Health Professions because of a surge in student interest, a supply chain management program in the business college, and an interdisciplinary minor in sustainability.
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK It doesnâ€™t take much more than a drive through campus to see whatâ€™s new at UALR: four new buildings, a new sports complex and several renovation projects are in various stages of completion. Officials cite the growing student population and expanding community needs as the impetus for the projects - which include new on-campus housing, a student services one-stop center and a renovated concert hall, among others â€“ but they might also have cited technological advancements and changing demands of the work force. Two of the projects are a new Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Science
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THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2011 (think tissue engineering, cancer treatment and solar panels) and a new Engineering and Information Technology Building. In the EIT College, students develop highdemand, real-world skills that enable them to land lucrative positions upon graduating with any of the college’s six undergraduate degrees: computer science, construction engineering, construction management, engineering technology, information science, and systems engineering. As you can imagine, students don’t just learn the cutting-edge material, they learn on it. Lounges feature whiteboards to promote collaboration; 22 of 3M’s latest smart projectors display professors’ notes, which can be saved and emailed; and a dedicated double-sized capstone classroom provides room for robots to run and other projects to be constructed.
plorers fulfilling the “learning” part of the program’s mission, TaLK scholars are encouraged to travel around Korea to learn about the history, culture, language and people. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS UCA has one of the highest percentages of students aged 1822 in the state, but officials recognize that demographics are changing outside campus borders. Faulkner County’s population has grown thanks to new companies like HP, and officials recognized that more non-traditional students may be interested in UCA. That’s why this fall, a new evening program will allow individuals to earn a bachelor’s degree in the areas of general business, history or speech communication. Additional online
courses will be offered for those interested in earning a graduate certificate or master’s degree in school leadership, geographic information systems, instructional technology, early childhood education or nursing. “UCA understands that not everyone can pursue a college degree during the day,” said Dr. Lance Grahn, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “These majors are especially appropriate to the needs of working adults who wish to complete a degree and further their career goals. At the same time, more non-traditional class times also give traditional students more options. So, as our world increasingly moves into a 24/7 framework, UCA will keep pace with student needs and interests.”
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO New programs of study for the 20112012 academic year at UAM include the Bachelor of Science in Teaching and Learning and a reconfigured Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources with options in Forestry and Wildlife Management. A new Master of Physical Education and Coaching as an online degree program is pending final approval and should be in place by the spring semester, during which students have study abroad as well as study in the United States options. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF After the summer Arkansas has had, students will appreciate an upgraded HVAC system in UAPB’s Rust Technology Building. But much more is on the horizon for the university’s technology programs: officials are planning a nearly 30,000-square-foot building for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy. Begun in 2003, the UAPB STEM Academy is a federally funded program designed to increase the number of minorities and women choosing such careers. The program has a retention rate of 80 percent and offers students international internship opportunities, support for graduate students seeking degrees in STEM areas and partnerships with numerous other institutions. For students interested in travel, UAPB has a Korean government scholarship program known as Teach and Learn in Korea. The program’s main objective is to invite and train native English teachers and overseas Koreans to teach practical English in after-school classes at rural elementary schools. Participants of the program, known as TaLK scholars, will create original lesson plans for varying grade levels and teach in the classroom with a Korean university student. As exTHE COLLEGE ISSUE 2011• ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES • AUGUST 17, 2011 33
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Housing Options ARKANSAS BAPTIST COLLEGE Arkansas Baptist College offers a traditional dorm-style residence with 135 beds as well as a 188-bed state-ofthe-art apartment-style residence. In addition, the college has contracted with Avondale Apartment Homes to offer additional student accommodations off campus. Rates range from $1,538 per semester to $2,300 per semester on campus. In early 2012, construction of a new 192bed women’s residence hall will begin. ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY Freshmen can take advantage of the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) program at Arkansas State University. It provides year-long learning opportunities, activities and support for first-year students. In the program, all firstyear students are housed in areas designed specifically for them. Likewise, ASU has a community designed to cater to the needs of nontraditional and graduate students and their families. Called “The Village,” it is composed of 50 two-bedroom houses and 191 one-, two- and threebedroom apartment units. Rent includes cable television, wireless internet access and utilities. CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE CBC currently has two residence halls: Bruce Hall for female students and Williams Hall for male students. Fall 2011 room and board is $3,000 per semester for a double occupancy room. The college has plans to build a new residence hall in the next few years as part of its “Vision 2020” plan. HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY With an increase in freshman enrollment, Henderson has leased several apartment units at two local complexes to accommodate additional students. Students on campus have a variety of options to choose from, even within the residence halls. Two undergraduate halls segregate the sexes and feature floors with themes including “Substance Free,” “24-Hour Quiet,” and “First-Year Experience.” Upperclassmen
Students hitting campus these days have more to choose from than did the freshmen that came before them. There’s been a flurry of residential building activity on campuses across the state, and increasingly, colleges are offering apartment-style living to students. Even within on-campus residences there are often many options to choose from in terms of learning communities. Here’s a glimpse of what your new home away from home looks like.
have co-ed facilities with suite-style rooms and semi-private restrooms. Themed housing includes an “Exercise & Encouragement” floor and a “Service & Activism” floor. The International House features apartment-style living for upperclassmen and a themed community that blends both American and International students. There’s also housing for honors students. HENDRIX COLLEGE At Hendrix, most students live on campus for all or most of their undergraduate experience. In addition to traditional residence halls, Hendrix offers four apartment-style quad houses (four students per suite in four suites), as well as college-owned apartments (including apartments in The Village at Hendrix). There is also a Language House, a residential living experience for students.The Language House rotates annually among French, German and Spanish. Additionally, there is an Eco-House that emphasizes sustainable living, as well as the Bonhoffer House, a Christian living community.
2009 and Westside One and Two were completed last year, contributing to the replacement of approximately one-third of campus housing during the past two years. The state-of-the-art Student Village complex features two residential halls – Gosser Hall and East Village Hall – which encompass 12 residentially scaled four-story houses. The facilities include 92 private and semi-private suites that house
Inside apartment-style housing at UALR.
JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY John Brown University offers traditional dorm housing as well as townhouse and duplex living. JBU places a strong focus on community so students are required to live on campus for their first six semesters. Room and board for the year is $7,562. OUACHITA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY More than 95 percent of students live in university housing at OBU. The Student Village was dedicated in
a total of more than 350 students. Amenities include two first-floor lobbies and four upper-level terraces as well as study, fitness center, theater and game rooms. The Westside residence halls house a total of 128 students in two threestory facilities. In response to student input, the Westside residence halls are designed to foster community with 20 to 24 students in four-person suites sharing a large living room space on each floor. Room and board for the 20112012 academic year is $3,020 per semester.
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PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE A new Residential Life Center will greet students this year. It will complement the 131 double-occupancy rooms and two large one-bedroom suites that were new in 2003. In 2009, the historic Barracks building was transformed into housing for honors students. The access-controlled residential facility features nine doubleoccupancy rooms, one single room, a laundry room on each floor, a first floor kitchenette, a study lab with four computers and a lounge/entertainment area outfitted with a 42-inch flat screen television. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY Like many campuses, SAU has traditional residence halls and an apartment-style complex for upperclassmen that features a swimming pool, convenience store and gym facility. Students living on campus are not randomly assigned a roommate and are instead grouped according to interests. If an interest group doesn’t currently exist, one can be started. Freshmen live in the same hall and are required to complete community service hours each semester and take an annual trip to serve those communities. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS – FORT SMITH There are two options for on-campus housing here: The Lion’s Den residence hall and the Sebastian Commons Apartments. The Lion’s Den is celebrating its first birthday and offers multiple floor plans, community lounges and a dining hall. Sebastian Commons offers an apartment lifestyle for upperclassmen, with individual rooms and opportunities for socializing and studying. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT FAYETTEVILLE The University of Arkansas has 14 residence halls and an apartment complex, offering students a range of options. Costs range from $3,991 per year for a double room to more than $6,938 for a premium suite. “Living and learning communities” in each of the residence halls help students with similar programs of study enjoy more social interaction and learning opportunities outside the classroom. Three dining halls serve different geographic parts of campus, but students can eat at whichever dining hall they want. Meal plans can be purchased at a variety of levels, and students are also able to use their dining hall credentials to eat at other cafes, coffee shops and restaurants on campus too. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK West Hall, designed to be part of a residence village, opened in August 2011 to
house primarily freshman students. The six-story buildings have shared bedrooms containing twin beds, desks, wardrobe closets, private hall baths and a vanity sink. Each floor has laundry, kitchen, living room and study room for the exclusive use of the residents of the floor. In addition, the campus has three other residence halls. University-owned homes are also available for students with families. All students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan, which range in price from $1,050 per semester for 7 meals a week to $1,300 a semester for 15 meals a week. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO The University of Arkansas at Monticello’s on-campus residential options include traditional and suite-style halls, apartments and family housing options. With approximately 740 on-campus residents, the university provides many educational and social activities throughout the academic year. Housing rates range from $840 to $1,210 per semester and apartments rent for $430 per month. Over the next two years, each of the halls will received improvements that will include new room furniture, a complete remodel of the common areas, and upgrades to the hall security systems. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF More than 1,000 students live on campus at UAPB. Built in 2003, the Delta Housing Complex is the newest residence hall, and it features 104 private rooms and 140 double rooms. The Johnny B. Johnson Complex is the most modern. Its four-bedroom suites for eight students include two baths, a living and dining area, and a small kitchen. In addition, its dining and laundry facilities are exclusively for the use of its residents. Occupancy at JBJ is limited to those students with a minimum of 30 hours and a minimum GPA of 2.0. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS At UCA, freshmen are required to live on campus their first year, unless they meet one of seven exemption criteria. There are four traditional residential halls and five residential colleges available to them. Residential college students take classes together and participate in social and civic activities. Their focuses range from leadership to the study of science, technology, engineering and math. Upperclassmen are able to take advantage of university-owned apartments. Additionally, UCA offers six different apartment complexes and three sections of family housing. Most of the apartments offer two bedrooms that are shared among four students. THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2011• ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES • AUGUST 17, 2011 35
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Cashing in on Financial Aid Resources n the second year of the retooled Academic Challenge Scholarship – commonly known as the lottery scholarship – more students than ever applied and received the funds for continuing education. “Last year’s class received the revamped Academic Challenge Scholarship at record numbers and amounts,” said Shane Broadway, Arkansas Department of Higher Education interim director. “We know financial need is a key reason for students choosing not to pursue or continue higher education, and these scholarships will go a long way toward moving Arkansas forward in achieving our goal of doubling the number of degree-holders in the state over the next decade.” The Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) staff reviews college and university academic programs and recommends them for approval to its
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Nancy Smith suggests talking to your high school counselor as soon as you’ve decided to attend college, even before settling on an institution. “Start early in the year, and complete the FAFSA after January 1 of the year you intend to enroll. This form is the key to your financial aid, so get it done early as possible,” Smith says. Once you’ve settled on a college or university, she recom“FINANCIAL NEED IS A KEY REASON FOR STUDENTS CHOOSING mends that you make an appointment with its NOT TO PURSUE OR CONTINUE HIGHER EDUCATION, AND THESE financial aid department, SCHOLARSHIPS WILL GO A LONG WAY TOWARD MOVING ARKANSAS a great resource for scholFORWARD IN ... THE NUMBER OF DEGREE-HOLDERS IN THE STATE.” arships and grants. Smith also advises getting online and researching Arkansas’s resources, including the Scholarship has rewarded students for year. The scholarship provided $5,000 to Arkansas Department of Education and achieving high academic standards, with those attending four-year institutions and Department of Higher Education webrequirements for receiving the money based $2,500 to those attending a two-year colsites, as well as ASLA’s free scholarship on grade point average, a rigorous course lege – either public or private schools. A search site, Fund My Future. large number of those – approximately Fund My Future is a quick and free way 80 percent – chose a four-year degree to locate hundreds of scholarships and program. That amounted to some $120 grants for all types of programs and areas million in funding; of those dollars, $12 of study. The scholarship search website million was set aside for non-traditional features My Backpack, a private way for students, or those who had been out of students and parents to keep track of their high school for more than two years and previous research. chose to return to college. “Fund My Future is a great tool for A total of 14,084 entering freshmen and Arkansas students, and an easy way to current achievers will receive the scholarkeep up with the latest information,” ship this fall and nearly 16,440 are expected Smith says. to renew from last year – a total of 30,524. As a final word of advice, she says, Students who fulfilled continuing eligibil“You should never have to pay for scholity requirements automatically renewed arship searches or financial aid informathis fall at the same dollar amount. New tion, including completing the FAFSA.” students awarded for the first time will For more information, go to www. receive $4,500 and $2,250 respectively. fundmyfuture.info. The application period for the 2011A CHANGE IN STUDENT LOANS 12 academic year ran from Jan. 1 to June Due to a change in federal legislation in 1, and more than 150,000 applications 2010, the Arkansas Student Loan Authority were received through the YOUniversal no longer offers student loans. FederallyScholarship Application. The online sysbacked student loans are handled by the tem asks a student a number of pointed U.S. Department of Education, and students questions and then directs the researcher are required to apply to the department’s to the program(s) that will best fit the indiFederal Direct Loan Program, a process vidual’s need. that is handled by the school the student Students who plan to attend college in is attending. fall 2012 or spring 2013 can begin applyAs for past ASLA student loans, Smith ing for scholarships through ADHE on Jan. says, “We will continue to service our 1, 2012. For more information about the FFEL student loan portfolio, even as we Arkansas Challenge Scholarship or other morph into a Direct Loan Servicer over ADHE programs, visit www.adhe.edu. the next year or so.” For more information about the U.S. OTHER PLACES TO SEARCH FOR ASSISTANCE Department of Education’s Direct Loan Arkansas Student Loan Authority (ASLA) Program, go to www.direct.ed.gov. Federal Contracts and Compliance Manager coordinating board, and develops funding recommendations for the state’s 11 public universities and 22 public two-year colleges. ADHE is perhaps more widely known for being the distributing agency for approximately $170 million annually from state revenues and lottery funds through its 20-plus scholarship and grant programs. Since 1992, the Academic Challenge
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Consider two-year colleges ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY — BEEBE Since its founding in 1927, Arkansas State University-Beebe has provided two years of course work for those who wish to transfer to senior institutions. It has also offered associate degrees and certificate programs that prepare students to enter the workforce in two years or less. Whether you are a first-time college student or going back to school to finish your degree, ASU-Beebe and its campuses have something for everyone, said Colbie Falwell, Public Information Coordinator. “We offer associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency and are the only college in the state to have a veterinary technician program and a John Deere program. We also offer an associate of fine arts in music and theater and associate of applied science in pharmacy technician. In addition, we have a hospitality program at ASU-Heber Springs; training for the oil and gas industry at ASU-Searcy; and evening classes in Cabot at Cabot High School. ASU-Beebe also offers 11 bachelors and three masters degrees from ASU-Jonesboro.” The technical certificate programs are designed to get a student ready for the workforce in one year. Certificates are available in areas including air conditioning, auto body, automotive technology, computerized machining, diesel technology, health information assistant, landscape and turfgrass management, office occupations, paramedics, pharmacy technician, practical nursing and welding techBaptist Health Schools Little Rock offers a fast track to a career in healthcare. nology. But it’s not just about academics. the past has included Ballet Arkansas and The Arkansas ASU-Beebe offers the complete university experience — Symphony Orchestra. in a smaller package. This fall, two new residence halls will open and house 248 students in a combination of BAPTIST HEALTH SCHOOLS — LITTLE ROCK single and double suites. Each floor in the 28,610-squareFew other schools give their students the hands-on trainfoot buildings has a study hall, and each building has a ing that Baptist Health Schools Little Rock provides. In computer lab and a game room and lounging area. All fact, upon graduation, students are “work ready” because rooms are Internet equipped. Plus, the buildings are just of all the clinical hours they have logged while enrolled. 50 yards east of the Student Center. Learning environments include laboratories, patient rooms Cultural opportunities also await students on campus. and diagnostic testing areas. “The hands-on experience An art gallery featuring the work of local artists along here at Baptist Health Schools Little Rock is unmatched,” with student projects opened in 2010 and is free to stusaid Julie Wurm, the school’s enrollment coordinator. dents. Additionally, the Centennial Bank Concert Series Nine programs are offered, including one of the largest – also free to students – brings talent to campus that in 38 AUGUST 17, 2011 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES • THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2011
Registered Nurse programs in the U.S., the largest Licensed Practical Nurse program in Arkansas, the only histotechnology program and sleep technology program in Arkansas and one of only two occupational therapy assistant programs in the state. Students eager to enter the labor force with an education will be hard pressed to find a quicker route. Four one-year certificate programs are offered (LPN, sleep technology, surgical technology and histotechnology), there’s a two-year associate degree program for occupational therapy assistants offered through a partnership with Pulaski Technical College, and three bachelor-level programs in radiography, nuclear medicine technology and medical technology are offered through affiliations with partner universities. Enrollment in LPN-to-RN classes has increased 20 percent. The class takes a year of four-day weeks to complete (two days of lecture and two days of clinical), and paramedics can also become an RN in the same amount of time through Baptist Health Schools Little Rock. Students with some college already can become a RN in two years, and those coming straight out of high school can complete their coursework in three years. One of the best parts, especially in the current state of the economy? “There are lots of opportunities in health care to earn excellent pay and benefits,” Wurm said. “The programs build on each other as well, so you can just keep on going to the top with your education.” COSSATOT COMMUNITY COLLEGE — UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS — DEQUEEN Cossatot Community College continues to look to the future of the job market, and in doing so, it will offer a new Occupational Therapy Program in the fall of 2012. Only a few other such programs exist in Arkansas. Students interested in health care don’t have to wait that long to get involved though. Later this year, CCCUA will open the Cossatot Community Health Clinic in partnership with Healthy Communities and other state and local agencies. “This is a win/win situation for our students and community as much of the labor will be provided by Cossatot Nursing Students while enrolled in their clinical rota-
tions,” said Alisha Lewis, a spokesperson for the college. Like many of its peer institutions, CCCUA also offers many continuing education classes where citizens can gain skills in different areas such as computers, truck driving and phlebotomy. Recently, though, administrators developed a new method of delivering instruction to students called FLEX courses. “We call them FLEX courses because they are designed to fit into anyone’s schedule,” says Vice Chancellor Steve Cole. “We are trying to meet students on their terms, which means offering courses outside the normal 16-week fall and spring semesters. Students may decide that they can take an extra class— FLEX courses give them the opportunity to do that, because the academic credit is reported in the same semester. This has the added advantage of helping our students graduate sooner.” FLEX courses take material that is designed to be presented in 16 weeks and compress it into four or eight weeks. Cole says, “We will, from time to time, add new FLEX courses, as the needs of our students warrant it. . . CCCUA has a reputation as a ground-breaker in online education, and we want to make sure that anybody who takes a FLEX course gets the same content and quality of instruction as someone who sits at a desk on our campuses.” EAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE — FORREST CITY East Arkansas Community College in Forrest City continues to expand the number of academic and technicallybased certificate and degree programs that enable students to seek employment right after completion of the program. “EACC’s major focus has been to provide students with many options for careers here in the Arkansas Delta,” said Dr. Coy Grace, EACC President. Two of the hottest careers today revolve around Renewable Energy Technology (RET) and Diesel Technology programs. Both of the programs will be housed at the new EACC Transportation and Technology Center in Forrest City. Renovations to the 20,000-square-foot building are rapidly approaching completion and the center is slated to be open and ready for classes for the fall semester. Students in the Diesel Technology program will be able to disassemble many different types of engines, identify their parts, then reassemble and test the engines. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about electronic controls, exhaust gas recirculation systems and how they help to reduce harmful emissions. A truck will be used to train the students on electrical systems, air conditioners, air brake sys-
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THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2 0 1 1 tems, drive trains and suspension systems. Students will also learn to identify catastrophic mechanical failures. Students will have options related to trucking, automotive, and agricultural applications and can pursue three levels of completion: Certificate of Proficiency, Technical Certificate, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in General Technology with emphasis in Diesel Technology. With the demand for highly skilled diesel technicians far exceeding the supply, the completion of this program will help ensure a rewarding career in the diesel technology field. The Diesel program will run in concert with the twoyear-old Renewable Energy Technology program. For example, one of the lab engines will be converted to run on biodiesel produced by the RET class. The RET program’s major focus will be on biodiesel production processes. Recent studies show that by the year 2030, one out of four workers in the United States will be in the renewable energy or energy efficiency industries. The RET program offers students options for an Associate of Applied Science degree, a Technical Certificate and a Certificate of Proficiency. Mid-South Community College — west memphis With the addition of several new programs, students will have a tougher time choosing a major at MSCC but an easier time finding gainful employment. New programs in diesel technology, aviation technology, and pharmacy technician training all come to campus this fall. Through a partnership with Montana State UniversityNorthern, MSCC will offer a bachelor’s degree in Diesel
Technology beginning this fall on the West Memphis campus. The program includes training in large-bore diesel engines, like those found in cruise ships, railroad locomotives, and large earth-moving vehicles. Montana State-Northern boasts a nationally-recognized program, and its graduates often have highsalaried jobs secured before they receive their diplomas. “They are only one of a handful of institutions in the country that offer a baccalaureate degree in diesel technology, and their program is considered one of the best,” said Dr. Glen Fenter, MSCC President. “Their graduates are courted annually as if they are top NFL draft picks. Major companies like Cummins, Detroit Diesel, and Carnival Cruise Lines fly into Montana and offer their graduates six-figure salaries to Pulaski Tech is the largest two-year college in Arkansas. start, to go all over the country establish an aviation technology program in West Memphis. and be involved in diesel technology.” “Employment in the field is expected to grow from Officials hope MSCC graduates will soon be taking 122,000 to 135,000 by 2016, and many current workers positions in another field with numerous job openings. A are expected to retire in the next decade,” said Dr. Gibson U.S. Department of Labor grant will allow the college to
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“Sunny” Morris, Executive Director of the Arkansas Delta Workforce Innovations in Regional Economic Development (ADWIRED) initiative at MSCC. The college will use its funding to develop an integrated, FAA-certified training program for airframe and power plant technicians. The model program will then be replicated at training facilities in major metropolitan areas. Partners in the program include FedEx, which will participate in the internship program so students can obtain on-the-job training while working toward an FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificate. The company will also donate an operating aircraft, tooling and test equipment to MSCC for student training. A new pharmacy technician training program will prepare students for one of the fastest-growing professions in the country. Job growth of more than 31 percent between now and 2018 is expected in the field, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics. Beginning pharmacy techs in Arkansas and Tennessee can earn as much as $27,000 per year with many opportunities for advancement. MSCC’s brand new building and state-of-the-art laboratory equipment will be conducive to producing sought-after graduates, officials said. And to top it all off, additional programs will soon train students in advanced biofuel processes in a new Renewable Energy Center that will produce high-grade fuel from a variety of biomass feedstocks grown regionally or made available as a waste stream (used vegetable oil, for instance) from another process. The $9 million center will use a geothermal heating/cooling system, as well. “Completion and implementation of this project will add a great deal of nationwide credibility and research capacity to our technology programs,” Fenter said. NORTHWEST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE — BENTONVILLE The whole point of college is to position oneself for certain careers. Now, NWACC has gone one step further and will offer a new virtual career network this fall for students, employers, faculty and staff. Job seekers will be able to apply for positions targeted directly at NWACC stu-
dents as well as additional postings offered by out-of-state employers. The learning environment will soon be enhanced at NWACC, as it builds a new 83,000-squarefoot Health Professions Building. Scheduled to open in Spring 2013, it will house programs in the following areas: Registered Nursing, Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Science, Respiratory Therapy, Paramedic, PhysicalTherapy Assistant, and Certified Nursing Assistant. Additionally, the building’s features will include state-of-the-art simulation labs to benefit collaborative learning between health profession disciplines, a paramedic classroom with a real ambulance inside to train the loading of patients in close quarters, and up-to-date video capture software to allow for distance education with other colleges and hospitals. Three classrooms will be designed for a new Health Information Management program, an emerging career in the health care industry.
paralegal technology, law enforcement studies and medical office technology. The two-story, 20,405-square-foot center provides space for 10 multipurpose classrooms, conference and meeting rooms, faculty and staff offices, and it’s filled with the latest technology, including smart boards, smart podiums and new computers. Through the Weatherization Training Center and Building Trades Center of Excellence, students can position themselves for the so-called “green-collar” job market, which has been expanding in central Arkansas. Similarly, the Information Technology Division’s media arts curriculum will help graduates fill the workforce needs of the state’s growing film and digital content production industry. The program will start in spring 2012 and will focus on film and digital content production management. Brent and Craig Renaud, the founders of the Little Rock Film Festival, are lending their expertise in the program’s planning. Other developments in the arts at Pulaski Tech include office space inside the new Argenta Community Theatre. The college’s drama department hosted the theater’s first public production last spring, and new shows are planned for every semester. Also, the English Department will bring writers, poets, and other literary talent to campus this fall via its Big Rock Reading Series. Finally, Pulaski Tech has strengthened its allied health education programs by adding Arkansas Children’s Hospital to its group of partners, which include Baptist Health Medical and St. Vincent. The new partnership with ACH will allow students to study Anesthesia Technology. In addition, 350 students now participate in the American
PULASKI TECHNICAL COLLEGE — NORTH LITTLE ROCK The largest two-year college in Arkansas, Pulaski Technical College is a comprehensive community/technical college that offers more than 90 associate degree and certificate programs designed for its more than 11,000 students who plan to enter the workforce or transfer to four-year colleges and universities to complete bachelor’s degrees. With seven locations in the college’s four-county service area, Pulaski Tech continues to add new facilities and programs to its academic offerings. Along with the main campus in North Little Rock, the college has six satellite campuses that specialize in different areas of education. “We have five locations in Pulaski County, with two additional sites in Saline County,” says Public Relations and Marketing Director Tim Jones. Th e n e w B u s i n e s s Technology Center located at the Pulaski Tech main campus houses the college’s growing number of students who are pursuing training in business-related fields, including accounting, management and Learn More, Live Better. 800.844.4471 cccua.edu supervision, office technology, entrepreneurship,
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are concerned with all of the activities related to the design, production, performance and maintenance of welded products â€“ make around $80,000. On the other end of the range of degrees offered at SAU Tech is its Associate of Applied Science in Multimedia degree. Students get hands-on experience, and one recent graduate was hired full-time just a few months after commencement exercises by a production company in Los Angeles. Recently, SAU Tech was one of nine Arkansas colleges selected to participate in a program to boost the number of students who complete their degrees. SAU Tech will receive money as part of the Complete College Americaâ€™s Completion Innovation Challenge, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Students can take advantage of all SAU Tech has to offer from the comforts of a home away from home. Apartment-style housing is located on and off campus.
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creation by the Arkansas General Assembly; 20 years as a two-year college; and 10 years as a member of the University of Arkansas System. As a two-year community college, UACCM is able to serve the unique needs of the population through credit and non-credit programs, adult education and workforce training. From an initial enrollment of 278 students and 13 programs in 1963 to the current almost 2500 credit students exploring 43 plan of study options, UACCM contributes significantly to the area’s job creation and economic development. The college offers a diverse array of programs to accommodate students who have a variety of goals. Some attend to complete a short-term training program and quickly enter the workforce while others desire to build a strong academic foundation by earning the first two years of their bachelor’s degree in a small, comfortable campus setting. Programs of study range from business to petroleum technology and from teaching to automotive collision repair technology. During the course of the year, UACCM hosts a number of events for the community, including concerts, musical performances and guest speakers. Last year, UACCM hosted a Holocaust Survivor speaker series, a concert by Eden’s Edge, a hypnotist and more.
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HOURS PER SEMESTER
TUITION PER SEMESTER
HOUSING PER SEMESTER
TOTAL SEMESTER COST
Arkansas Baptist College… Little Rock
$3,975 (double occupancy: 19 Meals/week)
$7,875 (Tuition + room and board)
Arkansas State University • Jonesboro
870-972-2100/800-382-3030 (in-state only)
12 hours-full time undergraduate
Arkansas Tech University • Russellville
starting at $2,298 (includes meals)
$5,427 (not including books)
Central Baptist College • Conway
Crowley’s Ridge College • Paragould
12 or more
$2,990 (includes meal plan)
$8,145 for boarding students $10,320.00
FOUR- YEAR COLLEGES
Harding University • Searcy
Henderson State University • Arkadelphia
$2,450 (including room & board)
with fees approx $5,394
Hendrix College • Conway
$17,115 (including fees)
$4,857 (including meals)
John Brown University • Siloam Springs
Lyon College • Batesville
Ouachita Baptist University • Arkadelphia
up to 18
$10,315 (including fees)
$3,020 (room and board)
Philander Smith College • Little Rock
Southern Arkansas University • Magnolia
University of Arkansas at Little Rock • Little Rock
$1,728 - $2,2678
University of Arkansas at Monticello • Monticello
$7,535 including campus room and board
University of Arkansas Pine Bluff • Pine Bluff
$3,355 (20 meals)
University of Arkansas • Fayetteville
$3,587 (including fees)
University of Central Arkansas • Conway
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith • Fort Smith
$169.50/credit hr- $91 registration fee per semester
University of the Ozarks • Clarksville
$13,975 (not including books)
Williams Baptist College • Walnut Ridge
TWO -YEAR COLLEGES Arkansas Northeastern College • Blytheville
$935 (15hrs) plus fees
Arkansas State University • Beebe
double room $2310, single room $2710
Arkansas State University at Newport • Newport
$1,250 (plus books and fees)
Arkansas State University at Mountain Home • Mountain Home
$1,008 plus books and fees
Arkansas State University • Searcy (a technical campus of ASU-Beebe)
double room $2310, single room $2710 - Beebe campus
Baptist Health Schools Little Rock • Little Rock
Private since 1921
Varies By Program
No Campus Housing
Varies By Program
Black River Technical College • Pocahontas
College of the Ouachitas • Malvern
$744 plus books and fees
Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas • De Queen
East Arkansas Community College • Forrest City
$780 (in county) $876 (out of county)
ITT Technical Institute • Little Rock
2-year, 4-year Private
Mid-South Community College • West Memphis
$75/hr (in county)$92/hr (out of state)
National Park Community College • Hot Springs
$73/hr $1,314 max
North Arkansas College • Harrison
$792 (in county) $1,080 (out of county)
North West Arkansas Community College • Bentonville
$840 in district/ $1,320 out of district
$1,555 in-dist, $2,035 out-dist (tuition/ fees/books)
Ozarka College • Melbourne
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas • Helena
Pulaski Technical College • North Little Rock
$1,490 - If taking 15hrs fees included
Remington College … Little Rock
12 hours full - time student
Rich Mountain Community College • Mena
$900 plus fees & books
South Arkansas Community College • El Dorado
Southeast Arkansas College • Pine Bluff
up to 18
Southern Arkansas University Tech • Camden
$93/hr in state $137/hr out of state
$1100/semester double; $1650/ semester single
University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville • Batesville
$60/hr in district $72/hr out of district
University of Arkansas Community College at Hope • Hope
$59 per credit hour
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton • Morrilton
$76/hr** $83/hr In-State
1,365 Plus books
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Church of Christ
One of America’s leading character-building colleges with a distinguished academic program. www.harding.edu
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A world-class education in a highly personalized environment. www.hsu.edu
Feb. 15 Priority
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All students engage in “Your Hendrix Odyssey” – a unique array of active, real-life learning experiences that enrich every degree program. www.hendrix.edu
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Strong liberal arts core curriculum. Alpha Chi Honors Chapter top 10% nationally. Nationally ranked “Students in Free Enterprise” (SIFE) team. www.jbu.edu
Rolling but priority consideration by Feb. 1st
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More than 90% of Lyon Applicants are accepted into medical or dental school (national average: 47%). Winner of 14 Arkansas Professors of the Year Awards in 22 years. www.lyon.edu
Jan. 15th Priority
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Ouachita Baptist University: Making A Difference Since 1883. www.obu.edu
Think Justice. www.philander.edu
March 1st Priority
February 15th Priority
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April 15th Priority
March 1st/ April 1st
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Feb. 1st (Freshman) April 1st (transfers)
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UA Fort Smith - The Smart Choice. What are you waiting for? www.uafortsmith.edu
Feb. 15 Priority
April 1st Priority
May 1st Priority
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April 1st Priority
Open/ No Fee
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Open/ No Fee
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Open/ No Fee
Bachelor and graduate degrees are available in some areas. Nestled in the heart of Ozark Mountains. www.asumh.edu
Open/ No Fee
15 Technical Certificate programs are offered on the Searcy campus. www.asub.edu
May 1 / Oct 1
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Baptist Health Schools Little Rock provides nine programs of study for students interested in entering the healthcare field. For more information please contact us at bhslr.edu. www.bhslr.edu
Open/ No Fee
Dream it . . .Believe it. . . Achieve it. . . Black River Technical College. www.blackrivertech.org
May 1st/ Dec 1st
Open/ No Fee
Fall-May 1, Spring-Nov. 1, Sum.-April 15
Open/ No Fee
CCCUA has 4 on-line associate’s degrees and more than 70 internet courses available. The college also offers a brand new agriculture degree, engineering degree, and rodeo team. www.cccua.edu
Open/ No Fee
EACC is an open-door institution of higher education serving the Arkansas delta since 1974. www.eacc.edu
ITT Technical Institute offers associate and bachelor degree programs in Electronics, Criminal Justice, Networking, Design and Project Management. www.ITT-Tech.edu
Open/Free - $25 for international students
Mid-South Community College is committed to economic development in the Arkansas Delta through the provision of high quality, affordable, and convenient learning opportunities and services. www.midsouthcc.edu
Open/ No Fee
Learning is our Focus! Student Success is our Goal! Excellent academic 2-year community college in beautiful Hot Springs. www.npcc.edu
North Arkansas College has strong programs in transfer, allied health and computer science. www.northark.edu
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Open/ No Fee
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Southern Arkansas University Tech is a two-year comprehensive college emphasizing technical programs and is commited to providing quality educational programs delivered through various technologies and methodologies to meet the needs of its service areas. It accomplishes this through technical career programs, transfer curricula, continuing education, workforce education, transitional education, and administrative, student, and community services. www.sautech.edu
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Arts & Cultural Opportunities It’s not all studying and test-taking in college. Campuses strive to deliver entertainment when students have free time. Here’s a taste of what they offer.
ARKANSAS BAPTIST COLLEGE In addition to the standard cultural activities put on by college departments, ABC has a spoken word poetry coffee house called Flo ‘N’ Mocha; a new drama club that does presentations and training in acting, comedy and stage design; and a new studio club through which students can get hands-on experience in producing and recording engineering in a fullyequipped studio. ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY Fresh off a sell-out crowd for the inaugural Johnny Cash Music Festival, the ASU Convocation Center has hosted everything from large conventions and big acts like Keith Urban to small lectures and sporting events. The neighboring Fowler Center is home to a fine arts gallery that hosts visiting exhibits, ASU’s Drama Theatre, and the world-class Fowler Concert Series. A free Lecture-Concert Series brings notable guest speakers and performers to campus and combines their appearances with master classes and other programs. In addition, ASU brings scholars, students, musicians and artists from across the nation to campus each spring to explore and experience the Delta’s history and culture as part of the Delta Symposium.
Programs in Literature & Language bring a full calendar of arts, cultural and intellectual programs to campus that are free for students. Presentations by nationally and internationally acclaimed scholars, novelists, poets, playwrights and theatre directors follow a yearly theme, and the 2011-2010 theme is crime. The Bertie Wilson Murphy Building serves as a center for several cultural programs, including poetry and other readings, film evenings, study hall nights, student and faculty workshops, and student literary group meetings. Students also have the opportunity to study for a semester in London, study while travelling in Germany, and participate in independent student research projects in Germany, Peru, Spain and Greece. OUACHITA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY OBU hosts annual opera, theater and musical productions as well as student, faculty and guest recitals, concerts and art shows. Gungor will be in concert Sept. 9, and the campus hosts Festival of Christmas with Point of Grace, Dec. 2-3. Students receive one complimentary ticket for each of the university’s opera, theater and musical productions. Student, faculty and guest recitals and art shows typically are free of charge. A variety of art exhibits are scheduled throughout the year in the university’s two art galleries: Hammons Art Gallery and Verser Art Gallery.
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE The Fine Arts Department at CBC focuses primarily on the field of music. Its musical Performances at UAPB range from local productions to international acts. groups perform all across Arkansas, and PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE HENDERSON STATE UNIVERSITY every year, students can enjoy two events: a madrigal Philander Smith is home to the Bless The Mic lecture Henderson’s Common Book Program focuses on a diffeast and a spring musical. series, which aims to put a spin on the traditional lecture ferent selected title each year to be read and discussed series offered by most colleges by providing a mix of speakby first-time freshmen. Preference is given to books by EAST ARKANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE ers who either have a tremendous ability to communicate living authors willing to speak on campus. A series of One of only three “Class A” performance halls in Arkansas, with the hip-hop generation or who have studied areas events related to the book occur throughout the first half the 33,000-square-foot Fine Arts Center at EACC opened that are of importance to this group. Past speakers include of the fall semester. This year’s common book is Ishmael just more than a year ago. Since then, it has hosted concerts former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Beah’s A Long Way Home, an account of a young man by acts including The Temptations and Clint Black, theatSteele, TV judge Glenda Hatchett and actress Gabrielle who, as a boy of 12, gets swept up in Sierra Leone’s civil rical performances, art exhibitions and more. Scheduled Union, among others. Upcoming speakers include reality war. Beah will visit Henderson on Sept. 21 for a public performances for the upcoming year include the Arkansas TV star Omarosa, hip-hop icon Cheryl “Salt” James and lecture, book-signing and reception. The Common Book Symphony Orchestra and Boyz II Men. MSNBC contributor Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry. Program serves as a focal point for engaging the Henderson community in formal and informal conversations about JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY SOUTHERN ARKANSAS UNIVERSITY issues of importance in today’s world. The JBU Art Gallery provides students and the comSAU boasts more than 100 registered student organizamunity an opportunity to view traveling art exhibits tions. Students can look forward to speakers, comedians HENDRIX COLLEGE that might not otherwise come to the area. The annual and singers. Past acts include country music star Tracy Student organizations sponsor social events featurlyceum series has brought in world renowned musicians Lawrence and pop artist Sean Kingston. The college’s ing national artists, such as Big Boi and Grace Potter & including the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Terry Lowry theatre department stages plays and musicals, often times the Nocturnals, and the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation and Yves Henry. 46 AUGUST 17, 2011 • ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT TO ARKANSAS TIMES • THE COLLEGE ISSUE 2011
A Commitment Beyond Academics in conjunction with the local communitybased arts program. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS — FORT SMITH UAFS’s upcoming yearly entertainment line-up, tabbed “The Season of Entertainment,” will feature the Broadway tours of “Monty Python’s Spamalot” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Dance, jazz and choral performances round out the mix along with lectures as part of a yet-to-beannounced Distinguished Speaker series. For visual art, the Mary Tinnin Jaye Gallery in the Fullerton Administration Building boasts a fine collection of pieces on loan from private collections and owned by the university. Student and professional works are also displayed in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center year-round. Finally, UAFS hosts many festivals and interactive events. The 2011 International Festival was the largest ever, with 30 cultures represented and more than 1,200 people in attendance. This year, UAFS will also host Festival on the Border, which will feature numerous musical acts, including The Fray. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT FAYETTEVILLE Three on-campus galleries feature new exhibits each month. In 2009, the university also established an interdepartmental exhibition space in Bentonville, named the University of Arkansas Student Gallery and known as “sUgAr,” in anticipation of the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The university’s Distinguished Lecture Series, which is organized by students, brings at least one well-known lecturer to campus each semester, either from the world of civic affairs or from the popular world of acting, sports and performance. Past speakers have included Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan, President George H.W. Bush, Prime Minister Ehud Barak of Israel, actor and director Robert Redford, author Malcom Gladwell and, most recently, the Dalai Lama. The student-run university programs provides the campus with a wide variety of entertainment, from touring musicians such as Snoop Dogg and John Mayer to groups like The Roots. The university also has a close working relationship with the Walton Arts Center, which brings in Broadway musicals and performing groups like the Alvin Ailey Dance Company as well as supporting local fine arts groups, such as the Symphony of North Arkansas and the university drama department’s own theatrical productions. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK When it comes to cultural opportunities, being in the capital city has its advantages, but students needn’t leave campus to get a
dose of the arts. The art department maintains three galleries in the Fine Arts building that showcase varied works from visiting artists, traveling exhibitions, competitions, faculty work, and student work. The theatre arts and dance department stages many plays and dance productions throughout the year. ARTSPREE is a performing arts series, and its four concerts are free to students. Finally, lecturers, comedians, hypnotists, magicians and more are regularly scheduled for events on campus. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO The Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series will bring NBC environmental reporter Jeff Corwin to campus in October for a talk entitled “Tales from the Field.” In the spring, Kerry Madden, author of a number of popular Young Adult novels and a biographer of Harper Lee, will be on campus to talk about writing and the teaching of writing. Student plays, concerts and art exhibitions take place throughout the year. UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT PINE BLUFF Social satirist Dick Gregory, motivational speaker Cedric Jennings, and former ESSENCE magazine editor Susan Taylor are just some of the speakers who have come to UAPB as part of the Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders lecture series. On campus fixtures include the University Museum & Cultural Center, which includes a large collection of photographs, catalogs, yearbooks, letters, artifacts, portraits and other ephemera that document the lives of the people who helped to shape the history of the university and the Delta. In addition, students can participate in one of 90 student organizations or enjoy theatrical productions, the internationally renowned Vesper Choir, and a variety of sporting events. UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS The 1,200-seat state-of-the-art Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall is home to UCA Public Appearances, a division of the University’s College of Fine Arts & Communication. Its primary responsibility is to develop and present performing arts programming to the entire Central Arkansas community. Since opening in 2000, UCA Public Appearances have brought the late Ray Charles, Gladys Knight and Nicholas Sparks to the UCA campus, as well as national touring acts Cats, Rent and Legally Blonde. Upcoming UCA Public Appearances programming includes Wizard of Oz, Dionne Warwick, Erin Brockovich and Cirque Mechanics’ Boom Town, among others. Student tickets are $10.
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QUESTIONS FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE ENTERING COLLEGE IN ARKANSAS? WHAT WAS SOME OF THE BEST ADVICE YOU RECEIVED WHILE IN COLLEGE?
COLLEGE GRADUATE, EDUCATION-SOCIAL STUDIES, UCA
COLLEGE GRADUATE, MARKETING, UCA
COLLEGE GRADUATE, HISTORY, UCA
COLLEGE GRADUATE, POLITICS, HENDRIX
The first thing I would 1 tell them is to get their
Finish... Do 1 Advice: not quit
an odyssey, full of 1 It’s unpredictable highs
would advise new 1 Istudents to go to the first
generals out of the way. Second, decide a major early but make sure it is the one you want. I would tell them to stay in contact with their advisor to ensure they graduate on time.
to as many 2 Apply places as they can
will be teaching 7th 3 Iand 8th grade Social
WHAT RECOMMENDATIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR SOMEONE LOOKING FOR A JOB AFTER GRADUATION?
WHAT IS YOUR IMMEDIATE PLAN FOR THE FUTURE?
find that come close to what they want. Do not be picky because there are simply too few job opportunities. If it is not the job you want but you get hired then work hard and move up.
Studies and coaching 7th and 8th grade girls basketball at Jacksonville Lighthouse Academies.
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and lows and ups and downs. Only one thing’s for sure about the experience: It will pass by quickly.
wait to get 2 Don’t a job, but instead start early. After the first year out of college mark without landing that career job, your opportunities start to close very fast.
short term goal 3 My has been to be a student to my trade, with the goal of mastering my industry knowledge. This will make me an asset to my company and those I serve.
your options. 2 Explore Proofread your resume. Shower, shave, and dress well for interviews.
to the 3 Conforming popular trend, I’m headed to grad school, forsaking the real world.
meeting of every club they might be interested in joining because (a) you get free pizza — and who doesn’t love free food — and (b) you get to meet people who are interested in the same things as you.
be afraid to 2 Don’t work in a field that has nothing to do with what you studied in college
be starting the 3 I’llMaster’s in Public Health program at UAMS in a few weeks.
ince graduating from UCA, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect back on my college experience. My biggest regret is that I ignored a lot of good advice. So when I was approached about the college guide section, I wanted to focus on advice
for incoming college students in Arkansas. To get the best answers, I asked recent graduates and current students for their advice on the college experience. The results were smart, refreshing, and trustworthy. — Josh Bramlett
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QUESTIONS FOR STUDENTS IN COLLEGE
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE DIFFERENCES IN WHAT YOU THOUGHT COLLEGE WAS GOING TO BE, AND WHAT IT HAS PROVEN TO BE?
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I was in high school, 1 When I thought that college
high school the thought 1 ofIn college was a little scary. I
thought initially in college 1 Ithat the professor’s would
biggest difference in 1 The what I thought college
would be extremely difficult to pass. But when I became a college student, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought. College is still tough, but I’m a better student now, than I was in high school.
was very nervous about the classes and the people that I would meet. Freshmen year I found out that college is not strict like high school, but an experience that I have control over and can make what I want out of it.
advice I would give to 2 The an incoming freshman is
not skip class. If a 2 Do student does miss a class,
to come in with an open mind, have a degree plan and stay on it! For every one hour of class, you should study for an hour.
find out what the teacher prefers one to do in that situation.
favorite thing about the 3 My college experience is that
AS A CURRENT STUDENT, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE AN INCOMING STUDENT?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE?
I could explore more, and be more creative than I could in high school. Also, I feel more confident than ever before about stepping out into the professional world after I graduate.
favorite thing about 3 My college is the freedom it gives me to make my own decisions. Those decisions ranged from which classes to take, where to study, or just finding something to do with my time.
be much more strict about policies, but in reality, I came to find out that they are much more laid back and easier to talk to than my high school teachers were.
advice to incoming 2 My students is to either learn
was going to be and what it has turned out to be mainly involves the opportunities that college presents.
would tell them to 2 Ireally take advantage of
how to make study guides for individually studying and/or learn how to study in groups to get an interactive learning situation going.
different programs and organizations within their particular school.
favorite thing about the 3 My college experience has to
favorite thing about 3 My college has been
be the interaction with so many different people.
figuring out who I am and what I want to do for the rest of my life
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