3: UALR is the Home of the UA Medical School, Law School, and the household pets portion of the Vetrenary school (The rest of the Vet School is in Fort Smith). It spends roughly twice the amount research Fayetteville does.
While I do not disagree that UALR could be better served if they were University of Little Rock as opposed to their current moniker. There are a few inaccuracies in statement of what UALR actually offers.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is not affiliated with UALR accept for being apart of the same University of Arkansas system. UAMS is a stand alone university. It is complete and seperate from UALR. And as far as the amount of money spent on research exceeding UA-Fayetteville - Yes UAMS does, however UALR does not. Also the state of Arkansas doesn't have a Veterinarian School. There is no portion in Little Rock and no portion in Fort Smith. The only Vet type program in the state is offered by Arkansas State University-Beebe (A community college in the ASU-Jonesboro system), and the program is for an Associates' degree in Vet Tech.
UALR does have their own Law School. The UALR Bowman school of Law.
Just wanted to make sure things were a little more accurate. UALR's total number of Doctorate's awarded doesn't far exceed those that are awarded by Arkansas State University, and University of Central Arkansas (which all 3 are very comparable universities) and thus the reason for the Academic Tier rankings.
And for the record - I agree that if UALR changed their name, added football, move it to the D1A (FBS) level and become a football playing member of the Sun Belt it would increase their national recognition levels.
Full discloser - I am an Arkansas State University alum and fan and I work in higher education in the state of Arkansas