- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - A New York college’s application to open an osteopathic medical school on the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro has been denied.

But Barbara Ross-Lee of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine said it will submit another application for accreditation to the American Osteopathic Association in April.

She said it’s not uncommon for a school to be denied accreditation initially. The committee gave college officials a list of items they needed to clarify before turning in another application, which included providing more information about the relationship between it and Arkansas State.

“I am very familiar with the process,” Ross-Lee said. “It is a process that is very detailed.”

NYIT plans to lease a building that’s about 86,000 square feet from ASU for the medical school, anticipated to open in 2016. It wants to enroll 115 freshmen annually.

Jeff Hankins, ASU vice president for strategic communications and economic development, said other plans for the medical school will continue to move forward, including Ross-Lee moving to Jonesboro. She will begin duties as the medical school’s dean in January.

“There has been an active, ongoing effort to move this project along,” Hankins said. “For the last six months regular meetings are taking place with hospitals throughout Arkansas and the mid-South.”

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