Arkansas State University and the Arkansas National Guard signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as part of the ROTC’s 85th anniversary celebration earlier this month.
The memorandum contains requirements and agreements for the ASU satellite office currently operating at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in North Little Rock. The document was signed by ASU Chancellor Kelly Damphousse and Maj. Gen. Kendall W. Penn, adjutant general of Arkansas.
“It’s a really exciting opportunity for Arkansas State to continue its mission to serve our current service members and also our returning veterans as well,” said Damphousse. “This allows us to have a great recruiting spot in Camp Robinson, not only people at the camp, but people in central Arkansas.”
The MOU identifies responsibilities and obligations of the Arkansas National Guard and ASU in providing educational services to Arkansas National Guard members. It is not to be construed as an obligation of funds to the school or a guarantee of program enrollment by members of the Arkansas National Guard, the two groups said.
“I want to thank Dr. Damphousse and Arkansas State University for engaging with the Arkansas National Guard on our degree program,” said Maj. Gen. Penn. “It’s very important for us if the majority of folks who get into the National Guard do so for the educational benefits we provide. This extends educational opportunities throughout the state, not just here on campus. It’s a huge win for us.”
Through the agreement, Arkansas State will provide qualified instructors, administrators and support staff to conduct a professional program and to provide appropriate student services. Among other provisions, ASU agreed to supply information to students about financial costs and attendance at the institution so military students may make informed decisions on where to attend school.
As part of the agreement, the National Guard will publicize and promote the education program, within the limits of applicable regulations, utilizing media available to the Army, weekly bulletins, post newspapers, Post Exchange bulletin boards, post radio or TV broadcasts.