- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) - Officials say progress is being made toward a merger agreement between Arkansas State University and the Mid-South Community College.

Both the ASU board of trustees and the MSCC board of trustees have scheduled meetings on Jan. 9 to consider the plan.

ASU President Charles L. Welch says MSCC officials have done an excellent job of outlining their expectations and vision for the institution. Welch says officials are enthusiastic about the system’s ability to help achieve their goals in education and workforce training.

If approved by the boards of the two schools, the merger would be effective July 1 following approval of the Higher Learning Commission. MSCC President Glen Fenter says that would give officials ample time to work through the legislative session and budget planning for the next year.

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