UALR will respond to local, state, regional, and national priorities.
Objective 1: UALR will lead in improving the academic success of children in the public schools.
Strategy 1: Seek partnerships to increase the quality of education in central Arkansas schools, increase the number of teachers in subjects where particular shortages exist (STEM, foreign languages, etc.), and prepare teachers for service in areas of the state with teacher shortages.
Strategy 2: Expand UALR ’s successful African-American Male Initiative to include satellite AAM I programs in nearby school districts.
Strategy 3: Lead the Central Little Rock Promise Neighborhood to provide cradle-to
career pathways for children in the initiative’s zone.
Objective 2: UALR will align research and outreach initiatives to facilitate economic development in Arkansas.
Strategy 1: Assess on a periodic basis the workforce and economic development needs of the region and, within available resources, implement programs and initiatives to meet those needs.
Strategy 2: Engage the campus community in a conversation about the significance of economic development to the institution ’s external mission and the roles that all units across campus play in its pursuit.
Strategy 3: Align curriculum with the employment needs of business, industry, government, health care, and non-profit organizations, to enhance both the labor force in Arkansas and career options for UALR students.
Strategy 4: Provide direct support for individual economic development initiatives identified as regional and state priorities through strategic partnerships.
Objective 3: UALR will lead in community development.
Strategy 1: Provide leadership for the University District Partnership to revitalize the neighborhoods and commercial areas close to the UALR campus.
Strategy 2: Leverage UALR ’s strength in academic and outreach programs in the arts to support the arts and cultural offerings in central Arkansas through key partnerships.