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ASU President Says University Has Leg Up on Task Force Plan

November 17, 2003 - Posted at 8:00 a.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Arkansas State University President Les Wyatt says some of the issues to be taken up by a higher-education task force have already been addressed at ASU.

Governor Huckabee announced November 6 that he would appoint the 15-member panel, with meetings to start in December.  The task force is to look at ways to improve the state's system of higher education.  Names of the members have not yet been released.

The panel will discuss graduation and retention rates, research, funding, diversity, economic development and other issues.  Wyatt said those are issues that have already been discussed at ASU, and in some cases acted upon.  He said ASU is the only institution in the state with a four-year graduation degree, a program that started this year.  A freshman who enrolled in the fall could meet with a counselor and define a curriculum and agree to follow it.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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