The Arkansas State University System will continue its partnership with the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro for an additional 15 years.
The ASU Board of Trustees signed a modified agreement, which will extend the current partnership to 2036. Under the agreement, NYIT will also operate the A-State Student Health Center.
Since launching in August 2016, NYIT has had incoming classes with an average of 115 students.
“Arkansas State and NYIT have created a formidable partnership in addressing critical physician shortages throughout the Delta region and beyond,” ASU System president Chuck Welch said in a statement. “With 560 new students and employees, along with spouses and families, the medical school has also made a substantial economic impact on the Jonesboro region. We appreciate the remarkable cooperation and work with NYIT and its leadership, and we’re excited about extending this relationship.”
The board also agreed to grant a 10-foot easement to 3E8 Broadband Solutions to install cable and high-speed internet service to the KASU tower building, as well as approving a 10-foot easement for the Arkansas Research and Educational Optical Network to install upgraded fiber optic cable at Henderson State University.
During the teleconference meeting, the board approved A-State to apply for funding from the Transportation Alternatives Program to support the Campus Loop Trail in Jonesboro and approved ASU-Newport to apply for federal funding from the Recreational Trails Program and Transportation Alternatives Program to develop a campus loop trail.