- Associated Press - Saturday, April 26, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Two Arkansas universities face reduced funding from the state after they fell below the minimum threshold on a new performance-based funding formula.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1fEir2O) the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and Southern Arkansas University Tech in Camden scored less than the six points required - out of 10 - on the assessment model and will lose up to 5 percent of state funds.

The state Legislature passed a law in 2011 requiring a new funding model.

Funding for universities used to be based upon the number of student semester credit hours. The new model takes into account graduation rates, retention and enrollment in high-demand fields.

Arkansas Department of Higher Education Director Shane Broadway says he plans to present an alternative proposal to avoid the funding cut.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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