Governor Asa Hutchinson Releases $500,000 for ASU System Efficiency Study
LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson is releasing $500,000 in state discretionary funds to the Arkansas State University System to help fund its Accelerate ASU efficiency study that is under way.
System President Chuck Welch said ASU contracted with Huron Consulting Group in fall 2017 to explore ways to grow revenue, reduce costs and reallocate resources to strategic initiatives. Huron expects to present 40-50 opportunities to the system and its campuses with a majority focused on new revenues.
“President Welch has caught the vision that trimming unnecessary costs does not mean a reduction in services,” Governor Hutchinson said. “That is clear because he is helping to pay for this study with money he has saved by reducing expenses. His team estimates that as the ASU System implements initiatives, the payback in savings could be $12 million to $15 million a year. President Welch is one of many in our state who is leading by example.”
Welch said the system’s study to identify inefficiencies is consistent with the governor’s ongoing efforts statewide.
“From the day he took office, Governor Hutchinson has emphasized the need for every state entity to look for ways to operate better, smarter and more efficiently,” Welch said. “Each of our campuses is committed to controlling costs while improving higher education opportunities for our students and increasing the number of credentials we award each year. We appreciate his recognition and investment in our efforts.
“Governor Hutchinson’s support for higher education has been unwavering,” Welch added. “We’re enthusiastic about the new higher education productivity funding formula and are grateful for his commitment of $10 million in new funding for universities and colleges that show progress.”
All ASU System faculty and staff were recently surveyed for input, and Huron received 900 responses with 40 percent being from faculty members. The study process will be completed early this year.
The balance of the $995,000 contract with Huron will be paid with ASU System reserve funds that have been accumulated from expense savings during the past six years, Welch said, so the campuses will receive significant financial benefit from the study without incurring any cost. The cost of the study is equivalent to 0.33 percent of total fiscal 2017 system expenditures of $293.2 million.
Additional information about Accelerate ASU can be found at
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ASUB Annual Yuletide Madrigal Feaste Set for December 1
The Madrigal Feaste!
BEEBE, Ark. – The Arkansas State University-Beebe Music Department will celebrate the coming holiday season with the color and pageantry of the Annual Yuletide Madrigal Feaste to be held Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. The ASU-Beebe production began in December 2001.
All the regal and ceremonial pomp of Merrie Olde England will be brought to life at the University Café in the Dr. Eugene McKay Student Center on the Beebe campus, located at 610 N. Pecan Street.
The evening will begin with wassail, followed by an elegant feast served with all the grandeur befitting such a festive occasion. Musical entertainment will accent each course of the magnificent feast.
Fair ladies and gentlemen, a court jester and general merriment will be under the direction of associate professor of music Dr. Timothy Bartlett, with Mary Jo Parker as the accompanist.
Participants include Misty Boatman, Bryce Cummings, Alfredo Diarcos, Evan Fudge, Ashley Hannagan, Noah Kidd, and Maddie Ragan, all of Searcy; Ashley Courson and Hannah Dyson, both of Beebe; Ireland Eversole and Collin Young, both of Cabot; Hailey Hardin of Judsonia; Victoria Hayes of Pangburn; Rodney Kirkland of Ward; and Zach Tabor of Letona.
Tickets are $20 per person, and must be purchased in advance, as seating is limited. To reserve tickets, call the Music Department at (501) 882-4435. For more information, visit the ASU-Beebe website at www.asub.edu.
ASU-Beebe is the only two-year college in central Arkansas that offers an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree. The AFA degree has an emphasis in vocal music or instrumental music, theater, graphic design, or creative arts enterprise. This degree is a comprehensive two-year curriculum designed specifically for transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.