UA Chancellor says State's College Building Needs Won't End with Bond Issue

OCTOBER 25, 2006 - Posted at 3:36 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The chancellor of the University of Arkansas' flagship campus warned legislators today that state campuses will still have financial needs, even if a $250 million bond improvement plan for the state's colleges and universities passes.

UA Chancellor John A. White says campuses will still have hundreds of millions of dollars in needed capital improvements.

White says the General Improvement Funding process is not providing enough money for universities to grow.  White says the Fayetteville campus is "busting at the seams" because of growth and deterioration of existing facilities.

Legislators are considering higher education financial requests in advance of next year's legislative session.

The state's colleges and universities have requested $318 million in capital improvements over the next two years.

The bond measure will be on the November 7 ballot.

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