Higher Ed

From the antebellum founding of Arkansas's oldest post-secondary institution — the Cane Hill School (now the University of the Ozarks) — to the post-war renaissance in the 1870s (the University of Arkansas, UA Pine Bluff, Hendrix and Lyon colleges and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences), Arkansas's institutions of higher education have grown in size and status, but access to them has been uneven, historically, and their prestige outside the state is limited.

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock administrators are warning of cuts to make up for a roughly $9 million budget shortfall for the current school year.

At a campus meeting at the school's Donaghey Student Center Friday, UA Little Rock Chancellor Andrew Rogerson addressed faculty and staff on preparations for the budget deficit stemming from a drop in enrollment.

The school has seen a drop in enrollment from about 11,000 students in fall 2016 to roughly 9,000 students today. Rogerson said the university has been particularly hard-hit this year.

The real "I-40 showdown" between the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and the University of Central Arkansas is for students not student-athletes or fanbases.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's press conference last month featured representatives of both universities (separated by about 30 miles along Interstate 40) announcing the scheduling of a battery of athletic contests between the small NCAA Division I athletic programs.