College needs legislative approval before UA merge

An Arkansas technical college will require legislative approval this session before it can merge with the University of Arkansas System.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that due to not having the “community college” name, Pulaski Technical College can only change its governing panel of trustees to the UA System’s advisory board of visitors after receiving approval from the Legislature. A 2015 Arkansas law states that if a community college is to merge with a four-year university or university system, then the latter’s governing board will oversee the two-year college.

Because the law doesn’t explicitly include technical colleges, a proposed bill from the Senate will allow schools like Pulaski Tech to have the endorsement of 21 state legislators. The move was approved last year by the UA System, Pulaski Tech trustees and the state Higher Education Coordinating Board.


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