Arkansas State University got the go ahead Friday for more than $20 million in funding for capital projects on two campuses.

Arkansas State University got the go ahead Friday for more than $20 million in funding for capital projects on two campuses.

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board, meeting at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, approved a $19.64 million bond issue to finance construction of five residence halls on ASUís Jonesboro campus to house Greek sororities, a new honors dormitory and install a new heating and air-conditioning system in a residential hall.

The board also approved a $2 million loan for the ASU-Newport campus to build a classroom building for its hospitality management program.

Several new academic programs at state colleges and universities got the boardís endorsement, including a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and an associate of applied science in nursing at Arkansas Tech Universityís Ozark campus.