A resolution by the Faculty Assembly of the University of Arkansas at Monticello urges state legislators to “cautiously and thoroughly review all proposals before them” before diverting and cutting general revenue from higher education.

The resolution was adopted at a meeting of the Faculty Assembly on Thursday. “We felt this issue was too important to ignore,” said Dr. Gregory Borse, assistant professor of English and philosophy and chair of the UAM Faculty Assembly. “We wanted to go on record and urge the General Assembly to thoughtfully consider the negative impact cuts to higher education will have on students, staff and faculty at UAM and at other institutions throughout the state. Now is not the time to cut higher education, especially when the Governor has set as a goal doubling the number of college degrees generated by the state by 2025.  A healthy and prosperous system of higher education drives economic development and helps our citizens prosper.”

The resolution was drafted as a response to current legislation being considered by the General Assembly that could result in significant cuts to higher education. The resolution also praises the Southeast Arkansas legislative delegation for its support of higher education in general and its commitment to UAM “during difficult economic times.”