Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Arkansas State University Revises Mexican Campus Contract

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Arkansas State University Revises Mexican Campus Contract

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Little rock, Ark. (ap) - Arkansas State University is finalizing plans to open a campus in Mexico.

A new agreement between the university in Jonesboro and its Mexico campus will reset the length of the partnership to a decade and give the Arkansas school a chance to earn more from it, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported (http://bit. ly/2lTXEoS ).

Arkansas State University System President Chuck Welch said the university first signed agreements with Mexican entities in 2012 and another in 2014 with a different group of investors. But, both of those documents were created at a time when Arkansas State University Campus Quere taro was still an idea.

"There hadn't been a shovel of dirt turned. There hadn't been any investments made in the project. It was still something that we were talking about,'' Welch said. "Now, we are looking at an August or early September start date of classes later this year, and so we've moved from a conceptual stage to an active-campus stage, and with that came the necessity of a revised agreement that really addressed a whole litany of other issues that weren't necessary when it was a concept but are now necessary when it's an active campus."

Investors with the ASU-Campus Queretaro private foundation, led by Ricardo Gonzalez, are paying for the project. …

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