Ark. Colleges Sit out Program For High Schoolers

MONTICELLO, Ark. (AP) - Twelve colleges this year have decided to sit out a state program that allows high school students to earn college credits through distance learning.

The dozen colleges aren't participating in the program this year while the Legislative Audit Division investigates allegations that the Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative, which runs the program, pressured teachers to inflate grades for students.

Only four colleges are participating in the program. They are Ouachita Technical College in Malvern and North Arkansas College in Harrison, the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.

Colleges that opted out of the program include the Arkansas Northeastern College, Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, ASU at Beebe, ASU at Heber Springs, Black River Technical College, Cossatot Community College, East Arkansas Community College, Henderson State University, Phillips County Community College, Southern Arkansas University, University of Arkansas Community College at Hope and the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

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