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NEWS NOTE: The University of Central Arkansas today issued a brief news release acknowledging that the UCA Board of Trustees had briefly discussed in executive session a matter not allowable under the FOI. It was apparently a brief discussion of a report issued today by the Higher Learning Commission, a national accrediting agency. UCA had late last week issued a news release summarizing the report. UCA continues to be accredited, but continuing monitoring is required of the school's efforts to rebuild its financial position from difficulties of the Lu Hardin era, among other issues. In that regard, UCA said earlier today that Moody's Investors Services continued to maintain a stable rating for the school.
The Board's discussion was specifically about a section of the report criticizing Board performance of its oversight role. A draft of the report had been distributed to Board members by UCA President Allen Meadors.
UCA RELEASE TODAY
CONWAY — University of Central Arkansas would like to acknowledge that during an executive session held during a Board of Trustees' meeting on August 20, 2010, there was a brief discussion regarding a section of the Higher Learning Commission's (HLC) report. The report was set for public disclosure by the Commission on August 31, 2010.
This discussion, albeit brief, was inappropriate under the provisions of the state's Freedom of Information Act dealing with executive sessions.
In the future, the University will work diligently to avoid any discussions in executive session, regardless of its briefness, except for those personnel matters expressly permitted under the FOIA