Category «Higher Education»

College Resources for Arkansas Students

Open Education Database (OEDb.org) recently contacted me regarding an online comprehensive college resource guide they’ve put together for Arkansas. OEDb.org is a website that compiles information about online college offerings by state, and also contains a comprehensive listing of free online classes and lectures in a variety of subjects, such as business, education, liberal arts, and …

Feds Issue Guidance on Race-Based Admissions

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice jointly issued this “Dear Colleague” Letter and “Questions and Answer” to college and university presidents across the country as additional guidance to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Fisher v. University of …

The Unintended Consequences of School Gun Laws

I recently ran across this article from the New York Times that brings to light a problem that some school districts are facing when trying to arm teachers and staff with concealed weapons. Liability and worker’s compensation insurance carriers are threatening to drastically increase their premiums or revoke their coverage altogether. According to the article, …

The Higher Education Bubble

When I worked in Governor Beebe’s office, though I was assigned to K-12 education, higher education, and pre-k, I spent the majority of my time dealing with issues, ideas, and legislation affecting K-12 education. That wasn’t because I liked K-12 anymore than higher education or pre-k, but rather because K-12 receives the overwhelming majority of …

Bill Halter’s Arkansas Promise

On Friday, Bill Halter’s campaign staff released what he is calling the Arkansas Promise, a plan to pay for the college tuition for every Arkansas student. Modeled after the El Dorado Promise and the Arkadelphia Promise, Halter’s proposal seeks to ensure that every student graduating from an Arkansas high school can attend college at a state-supported college or …

Lottery Scholarship Amounts in Question Again

Several legislators filed a bill this week to once again lower the amounts future students will receive from the lottery scholarship. The amounts have been lowered every legislative session since the scholarship’s original enactment in 2009 due to continuing lower than expected revenues from the state-wide lottery. The most recent proposal, HB1295, staggers the amount …