by Max Brantley
The Higher Education Coordinating Board today approved a rule change that will allow students who must take remedial course work because of below-par ACT scores to take those courses concurrently with for-credit classes in the subjects.
The rule change follows 2011 legislation.
Details follow in a news release:
The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved a freshman assessment and placement policy that would allow simultaneous enrollment in college-level credit and developmental courses. The board met in its regular meeting on the campus of NorthWest Arkansas Community College.
There is no change in the statewide minimum placement score of a 19 on the ACT sections of reading, math and English composition; however the policy would allow institutions to enroll students in remedial coursework as required while also enrolling in the related credit-bearing course.
Additional college mathematics core courses for non-STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) majors would be available for students. The policy updates are a result of legislation enacted in 2011.
In other business, the board approved the following new academic programs:
· Associate of Science in Ozark-Ouachita Studies, Arkansas Tech University in Russellville
· Master of Science of Engineering, Arkansas State University at Jonesboro
· Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing via Distance Technology, University of Arkansas at Monticello
Bond issues were approved for campuses as follows:
· Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia, $6 million for 30 years to build a 60-bed apartment complex
· Southern Arkansas University-Tech, $6 million for 30 years to build a multipurpose student facility and make renovations to educational and general facilities on the East-Camden campus
· Arkansas Tech University at Russellville, $1.5 million for 30 years for construction and renovation of athletic facilities
The board also approved 106 degree certifications from 28 universities through its Institutional Certification Advisory Committee, which evaluates and monitors degree programs offered to Arkansans by out-of-state institutions. A number of other programs with requested changes or deletions were also approved. A complete list is available at www.adhe.edu.
The tuition policy for the 2013-15 biennium was set, which establishes tuition and fees rates for calculating funding recommendations. The boards of trustees for each institution retain the authority to set tuition and fees.
In a special meeting Thursday, Arkansas Department of Higher Education staff presented the number of credentials awarded, which have had a five-year increase of 41 percent at universities and 74 percent at the two-year colleges. Graduation rates at universities have increased by one percentage point in the last five years, while graduation rates at two-year colleges have increased by three percent over that same time period.
ADHE is responsible for carrying out the policy directives of the AHECB, approving and reviewing college and university academic programs and developing funding recommendations for the state’s 11 public universities and 22 public two-year colleges as well as several other post-secondary entities.
In addition, the agency is responsible for distributing approximately $170 million annually from state revenues and lottery funds intended to ease the financial burden of students seeking an education beyond high school. For more information, visit www.adhe.edu.