by Max Brantley
A Fort Smith representative asked the question at the Capitol this week. John Brummett says no. You'd almost think we don't have enough.
What we need, then, is to provide a technical, vocational and beginning academic campus for them reasonably close to their kids and jobs at home, at the nearest community college, most likely. Then we need to let those so inclined get further instruction toward a bachelor’s degree via that old Westark “university center” model without having to leave that locally accessible campus.
Students could take classes from professors at the established four-year schools via distance learning or through in-person instruction by traveling professors from the big, prestigious universities.
The issue is not having too many places to get educated. It’s making sure each location is flexible to the needs of its constituency and can tap into the finest quality higher education instruction our state can offer.