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Arkansas Commission for the Coordination of Educational Efforts

The Commission for the Coordination of Educational Efforts was created by Act 109 of the Second Extraordinary Session of 2003. The Act required the appointment of members by the Governor, President Pro Tempore, Speaker of the House, the Presidents Council of Colleges and Universities, and by virtue of positions. Act 109 required the Commission to recommend policies related to the improvement of coordination among and between the levels of education from pre-kindergarten to the graduate level as well as:

  • Recommend policies on concurrent enrollment of high school students in college courses.
  • Make recommendations related to a common calendar for all public schools and institutions of higher education.
  • Study the various delivery systems of distance learning and recommend ways to improve and make more efficient a delivery system for Arkansas.
  • Recommend ways that the public schools, the Department of Education, the Department of Higher Education, and the institutions of higher education can improve working relationships in order to improve the effectiveness of teaching for the public schools.
  • Recommend ways of improving the transfer of credit from institution to institution for the benefit of the student.This includes recommendations for improving the transfer from two-year to four-year institutions as well as the transfer among two-year institutions and four-year institutions.
  • Make recommendations related to aligning the curriculum from kindergarten through the bachelor's level in colleges and universities.
  • Recommend ways of improving the link between educational efforts and economic development for Arkansas.
  • Recommend priorities for the funding of education.
  • Review all current scholarship programs of the state and institutions of higher education and make recommendations for improving future scholarship programs.
  • Make recommendations related to the future need for remediation of beginning college students.
  • Make recommendations to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education from kindergarten through the bachelor's level in higher education.
  • Make recommendations to improve the use of educational technology.
  • Recommend any other improvements in education at any level to benefit students and the state.

Act 1936 of 2005 amended Act 109 by adding the President of the Arkansas Science & Technology Authority and the Executive Chief Information Officer as members. Act 1936 also added duties concerning science and technology, as listed above. Act 751 of 2007 dissolved and transferred the duties of the Executive Chief Information Officer to the Department of Information Systems. Therefore, the Director of the Department of Information Systems replaced the Chief Information Officer as a member of the Commission. Act 840 of 2009 ammended Act 109 to include the following members:

  • the Director of the Department of Higher Education;
  • the Commissioner of Education;
  • the Director of the Department of Career Education;
  • the Director of the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education
  • of the Department of Human Services or his or her designee;
  • the Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission;
  • the Vice President for Agriculture of the University of Arkansas Syste;
  • the President of the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority;
  • the Director of the Department of Information Systems or his or her designee;
  • the Governor or the Governor's designee;
  • one public school administrator appointed by the Governor;
  • one public school teacher appointed by the Governor;
  • one president or chancellor of a four-year university appointed by the Presidents Council;
  • one president or chancellor of a two-year college or two-year branch of a four-year university appointed by the council;
  • one member of the board of trustees of a four-year university or system of colleges and universities appointed by the council;
  • one member of the board of trustees of a two-year college or branch appointed by the council;
  • one member appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate from a list of three nominees submitted by the Executive Director of the Arkansas Education Association;
  • one member appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives from a list of three nominees submitted by the Executive Director of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators;
  • one member appointed jointly by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate from a list of three nominees submitted by the Executive Director of the Arkansas School Boards Association;
  • one representative of a predominantly black college or university in Arkansas appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
  • one member appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives who is from the private sector and has an interest in science, technology, engineering, or math;
  • and one member appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate who is from the private sector and has an interest in science, technology, engineering, or math.