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|Two and Four-Year Higher Education Institutions Unite to Offer and Recognize New Business Transfer Degree|
|Wednesday, 28 April 2010 12:00|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Karen Hopper, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Special Projects, and Distance Learning, Arkansas State University-Mountain Home
April 28, 2010
Two and Four-Year Higher Education Institutions Unite
to Offer and Recognize New Business Transfer Degree
A press conference and photo event is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at the
Clinton School in Little Rock regarding a new proposed Associate of Science in Business
transfer degree. The A.S. in Business transfer degree is among the agenda items the
Arkansas Department of Higher Education's (ADHE) Coordinating Board is scheduled to
act on at its meeting Friday, April 30.
The effort to develop an A.S. in Business transfer degree was led by Dr. Pat
Bailey, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Arkansas State
University-Mountain Home (ASUMH), Dr. Larry Davis, Vice Chancellor for Academic
Affairs, Arkansas State University-Newport, and Karen Hopper, Associate Vice
Chancellor for Research, Special Projects, and Distance Learning, ASUMH.
Dr. Bailey said, "With the passage by the Arkansas legislature of the state transfer
agreement known as Act 182 or the Roger Phillips Transfer Policy Act of 2009, work
began to develop the A.S. in Business transfer degree."
The Roger Phillips Transfer Act of 2009 guarantees that Arkansas two-year
college students who complete Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of
Science in Teaching degrees have the right to transfer freshman and sophomore-level
courses to any public four-year institution in Arkansas. In addition, four-year public
institutions of higher education in Arkansas are required to accept all hours completed
and credits earned upon a student's transfer to a baccalaureate degree program and admit
the transfer student with junior status.
Bailey reached out to her colleague at the state’s two-year colleges and four-year
universities for assistance to develop the agreements and led a series of meetings that has
culminated with nine of the state's 10 eligible four-year institutions and 20 of the state's
22 two-year institutions pledging their support for the new transfer degree.
Bailey added, "The Roger Phillips Transfer Act demonstrated for all of us in
Arkansas higher education that we need to take every possible opportunity to streamline
the transfer process for our students. The proposed A.S. in Business is the next step in
what we hope will lead to further efforts for smooth transfers for Arkansas students."
Davis said, "We also want to send a strong message to Governor Beebe that we
stand behind his vision of creating more bachelor degree trained Arkansans."
Governor Beebe has said, "Our state's future depends on increasing the number
of citizens with degrees. The better educated our workforce is, the better equipped we
will be to recruit high-tech, knowledge-based jobs. This means that the effort to increase
college-graduation rates doesn't just help these students, it helps the prosperity of our
state and our communities."
Bailey noted that while the A.S. in Business initiative is a win-win for the
colleges and universities, it is the students at the participating institutions who will be the
winners in the long run, as well as the state of Arkansas.
Institutions supporting the A.S. in Business initiative have asked the members of
the Arkansas legislature to join them for the event, along with Dr. Ed Franklin,
Executive Director of the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges, and Dr. Jim
Purcell, Director of ADHE.
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