Arkansas State University pushes back planned opening date of new campus in Mexico


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JONESBORO, Arkansas — Arkansas State University is delaying the target opening date of its new campus in Mexico until 2016.

The campus in Queretaro (keh-REH'-tah-roh) was initially scheduled to open in fall 2015, but university officials say they will push that back by one year. Arkansas State Chancellor Tim Hudson says unexpected issues with infrastructure, such as water and electricity, prompted the delay.

Hudson says Arkansas State's work on curriculum and student services remains on schedule.

The university broke ground in February on the $50 million, privately funded campus. The school will offer coursework in English and officials say it's the first American-style university campus in Mexico.

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved plans for the campus in April.

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