3 area schools ally to benefit students

Henderson State University President Glen Jones, center, speaks during a press conference Wednesday at the state Capitol in Little Rock to announce the formation of the Southern Arkansas Regional Alliance. Standing behind Jones are Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Maria Markham, director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Also shown is National Park College President John Hogan, left. LITTLE ROCK — Three Arkansas colleges announced Wednesday a regional alliance that will benefit area students and their progress toward degree completion. At a press conference at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Higher Education Director Maria Markham debuted the Southern Arkansas Regional Alliance among National Park College in Hot Springs, College of the Ouachitas in Malvern and Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. The goal of the regional alliance is to create a collaborative model for higher-education and workforce-development initiatives in the state that will “prioritize student success, degree attainment and workforce development,” according to a press release from National Park College. “What I like about this is that it is not mandated by big government,” Hutchinson said, “but it is an alliance created...

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