The University of Arkansas at Little Rock
and the Little Rock School District
announced today an agreement similar to earlier agreements with the Pulaski and Jacksonville school districts
to help graduates of LR high schools attend UALR.
The agreement guarantees admission to students with a 2.5 GPA and a 19 composite ACT score or a 910 SAT score in reading/math. It's non-binding, but it gives access to UALR staff to help students get prepared to attend college with a realistic financing strategy, including assistance with financial aid.
UALR Chancellor Andrew Rogerson
said the initiative was intended to reach out to a population of students who otherwise might not have attended college. Although new money is not being committed by UALR or anyone else for scholarships, Rogerson said incoming students will be helped by the university's recent decision to relax its requirement that incoming full-time freshman live on campus.
That policy was put in place about six years ago, he said, but since room and board at UALR cost almost as much as tuition and fees, it constitutes a significant financial hurdle for students who could live at home more cheaply. The change will take effect next fall, in 2017.
Rogerson said UALR would hire additional staff, if necessary, to ensure it has the advisers necessary to meet demand. UALR has visited the district's five high schools to spread the word and has hired someone to perform dedicated outreach at those schools. He said the program "will bear fruit not so much this year," but when current high school sophomores and freshmen are graduating down the line.
Those interested in the program should call 569-8400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The news release here.