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Arkansas Public Policy Center

The Public Policy Center exists to provide Arkansans with research-based information and education about public issues. Public issues are defined as pressing and emerging issues that involve multiple points of view and have widespread consequences.

Our goals are to:

  • Increase citizen knowledge, awareness and understanding of public issues
  • Enhance public participation in decisions regarding public issues
  • Help citizens craft, evaluate and implement alternative solutions to public issues


Featured Resources and Topics


PPC News and Publications

Arkansas Citizens Access Network (ARCAN)
AR-CAN offers livestreaming of government proceedings and public meetings throughout the state. You can watch live streaming of the Arkansas legislature.

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Our Faculty and Staff

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture established the Public Policy Center in 2004 in Little Rock to provide research-based, non-partisan analyses and evaluation of public policy issues. The Center's goal isn't to tell citizens what to think, but rather to increase their knowledge and awareness of public issues and participation in decisions regarding those issues.

Public Policy Center Director

Dr. Stacey McCullough

Director of Public Policy Center
(501) 6712078

Areas: Entrepreneurship, public policy, agritourism, electronic commerce, rural development.

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Kristin Higgins

Program Associate
(501) 6712160

Areas: Public referendum, local government finance, media relations, rural criminal justice issues, parliamentary procedure, environmental and natural resource policy and programs. 



Harrison Pittman

Dr. Harrison Pittman

Director of the
National Agricultural
Law Center

(479) 5757640





Additional Extension Policy Education

Our partners in other departments at the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offer education on these policy areas: