MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (ASU)- During its quarterly meeting today, the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees approved a historic proposal from ASU-Jonesboro to proceed with negotiations to establish an ASU campus in Queretaro, Mexico.
"We feel very comfortable, based on very conservative enrollment and financial projections, that this would easily be a self-sustaining program based solely on tuition revenue," Welch said in his comments to the Board.
He reviewed the steps that have been taken thus far, including the work at the Jonesboro campus.
The Governor of the Mexican State of Queretaro, Jose Calzada Rovirosa, and a delegation of government and business representatives who are interested in the project visited Jonesboro in September.
Chancellor Tim Hudson and Provost Lynita Cooksey have been working with campus stakeholders to share information and discuss the advantages of setting up the campus in Mexico. The Faculty Senate and the Student Government Association leaders have endorsed the project, Dr. Welch told the Board.
He also emphasized there would be a significant number of opportunities for faculty and student exchange activities.
"Queretaro is a very progressive, modern state, one that is safe. The area has 800 multinational companies represented there, including 500 U.S. companies," he continued. "Our faculty and other representatives who have visited Queretaro say there are opportunities there that we don't have in the United States."
In addition to presenting great potential for faculty and student exchange and enrichment experiences, Dr. Welch told the Board the campus in Queretaro " . . . will be an opportunity to significantly raise the profile of Arkansas State on the national and international scene by establishing a public American university there."
Arkansas State officials have been working with the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Education, a non-profit corporation, which has pledged to provide facilities and start-up costs associated with the new campus.
More information about the September visit of the delegation from Queretaro is at www.astate.edu
(Source: Arkansas State University)