Creating the Future of College: Reimagining Henderson

August 9, 2022

As of July 31, 2022, the expected annualized future salary savings for vacated positions is $7,038,548 plus $1,970,793 in estimated fringe benefits.

View savings information by month.

July 7, 2022

Governor Hutchinson, Secretary Key express confidence, support for Henderson's future

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Secretary of Education Johnny Key today expressed confidence and support for Henderson State University’s academic reorganization, partnerships and future that will lead to improved student success in Arkansas.

“Henderson leadership has worked hard to right the ship,” Hutchinson said at a news conference at the State Capitol. “Tough decisions have been made that were not easy and were painful, but necessary for survival of Henderson. We all want to see Henderson succeed.”

The governor said he was grateful to the Arkansas State University System and President Chuck Welch for “stepping up” to support Henderson, which became a member of the system in 2021, and that he wanted to “showcase Henderson and its purpose.”

“Henderson’s singular focus is student success, making college more affordable and developing pathways from kindergarten to college,” Hutchinson said. “I’m proud of the transition and pivot. Survival was a real issue in the past, and Arkansas would be less if it didn’t have Henderson.”


HSU Strategic Positioning Platform

Reimagining Henderson: College that Works for All Students

June 17, 2022

Furloughs will end July 1. This change will be effective with July 15 paychecks. We are projected to end the fiscal year with $3.7-$5 million in cash, which will support summer payroll and help the university transition into the fall semester.


Modified Cash Budget - May 31, 2022

May 5, 2022

The Arkansas State University System Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the chancellor's financial exigency recommendations today.


Chancellor's Recommendations

Financial Exigency Committee's Recommendations

Academic Restructuring FAQ

May 2, 2022

The Arkansas State University System Board of Trustees will consider financial exigency recommendations prepared by the Chancellor and the Financial Exigency Committee on Thursday, May 5 at 10 a.m. Connection information will be available at in advance of the meeting.

Dr. Ambrose's Message

Guide to Human Resources Transitions

April 20, 2022

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

As we work toward next steps of our financial exigency process, I am sharing an overview of our progress and challenges, further defining decision-making metrics and tools, and providing a timeline of actions needed to build a sustainable, student success-driven model for Henderson State University.

As communicated in the Academic Performance and Program Viability document, decisions concerning academic programs will be based on four primary metrics:

  • Net cost basis of delivery and overall net revenue production
  • Unit-based cost of instruction defined at the seat level
  • Student success rates with weighted priority for degree completion
  • Alignment to community-based needs and 21st century durable skills

Today, I want to provide access to dashboards and additional context for the first three metrics that are being utilized to evaluate academic programs in the financial exigency process.

Read Dr. Ambrose's message and access the dashboards.

Dashboards FAQ


April 2022 Activity: Modified Cash Budget

March 2022 Activity: Modified Cash Budget

ASU System Board Resolution (March 28, 2022)

Reimagining Henderson: Academic Performance and Program Viability

February 2022 Activity: Modified Cash Budget 

Letter from Higher Learning Commission

Response to Higher Learning Commission


Human Resources FAQ

Student FAQ

Fiscal Responsibility and Financial Exigency Process Next Steps FAQ

Position Management Process FAQ


Letter to Faculty Senate (February 9, 2022)

Responses to Faculty Senate Questions

Henderson's Strategic Resource Allocation Model

FY2022 HSU Modified Cash Budget

January 2022 Activity

FY2023 HSU Modified Cash Budget without HEERF

Presentation from Campus Conversation on February 3, 2022

Cost Savings Survey Results as of January 28, 2022

Position Justification Form

Rapid Response Team Cost Savings Survey

Modified Cash Budget Pro Forma (Unaudited)

Chancellor Messages

December 9, 2021

January 10, 2022

January 14, 2022

January 20, 2022

January 27, 2022

February 3, 2022

February 9, 2022

March 3, 2022

March 9, 2022

March 18, 2022

March 28, 2022

April 20, 2022

June 17, 2022