State leaders ‘confident’ in Henderson State’s future

On Thursday, July 7, during a joint press conference, Gov. Asa Hutchinson made it clear he...
On Thursday, July 7, during a joint press conference, Gov. Asa Hutchinson made it clear he thinks Henderson can still make it, adding he’s “confident” of the university’s future.(Source: KARK-TV)
Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 7:59 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2022 at 7:51 AM CDT
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT/KARK) – Financial problems leading to massive budget cuts and layoffs have kept Henderson State University’s future hanging in the balance. However, some state leaders have high hopes for its future.

Back in May, the Arkansas State University System approved a plan to keep Henderson State from closing, eliminating 12 programs and 88 faculty positions in the process.

On Thursday, July 7, during a joint press conference, Gov. Asa Hutchinson made it clear he thinks Henderson can still make it, adding he’s “confident” of the university’s future.

Henderson State officials said they want to evolve following their financial woes, according to content partner KARK.

Together with other ASU System partners, they’re paving a new path for students, focused on individualized plans to meet learners where they’re at.

“We have the opportunity to partner with Henderson State University in re-imagining what education can look like in the future,” said Johnny Key, secretary for the Arkansas Department of Education.

Henderson State Chancellor Chuck Ambrose said re-branding will focus on workforce development while catering to non-traditional students wanting a new kind of learning.

“Eighty percent of American college students are not traditional: Coming out of high school, living in resident halls, completing college in four years,” he explained. “We’ve got the ingredients. We can do it differently and if our focus is on our students, the outcomes will be better.”

As for those currently enrolled, Ambrose said this “re-imagining” will take time and current students have already been adapting to the change, adding they’ll have more opportunities in the future, not less.

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