National Center for Toxicological Research
Arkansas Tech University
Central Baptist College
Henderson State University
Philander Smith College
Southern Arkansas University
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
University of Arkansas at Monticello
University of the Ozarks
BioVentures was designed to provide support services and a low-cost facility to startup companies in Arkansas. BioVentures provides support to startup, biotechnology-based companies until they are able to thrive in the open economy. The incubator program assists the entrepreneurs in locating economical working space, biomedical information, professional services, as well as shared services, which are often the overhead expenses that inhibit the success of new companies. The greatest values offered by Arkansas BioVentures are professional management at affordable cost, marketing and financial assistance, patent prosecution, and technical expertise from the University System’s faculty, staff, systems, facilities, and students. In fulfilling these purposes, Arkansas BioVentures greatly enhances the survival probability of the client companies.
Arkansas Tech University (ATU) is a comprehensive regional institution located in Russellville, Arkansas, United States. The university offers programs at both baccalaureate and graduate levels in a range of fields. As of 2004, the University also operates a small satellite campus in the town of Ozark. This campus primarily focuses on associate and certificate education.
Central Baptist College (CBC) is a four-year, private, liberal arts college owned and operated by the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas. CBC set a record enrollment in the fall 2011 with 858 students and offers 21 Bachelor’s degrees, 19 Minors, and Associate of Arts degrees in several emphases.
CBC recently opened a new Science Center to support three new Bachelor’s degrees: Biology, Biotechnology, and Health Sciences. The center includes two Biology labs, two Chemistry labs, a Research lab, faculty offices, chemical storage, and a large state-of-the-art classroom. The institution is also pursuing accreditation from NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) and will soon be offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.
In 2010, CBC launched “Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making,” a 10 year campus master plan. The goal of this plan is to complete 10 major construction projects over the next 10 years to accommodate a projected enrollment of 2,020 students. A three-story, 36,000-square-foot academic building is the first major project in this plan and construction is slated to begin in the fall 2011. The new academic building is intended to be the signature building for the campus and will set the standard for all future development.
CBC announced in July 2011 that it had launched two fully online degree programs starting in the fall 2011. The programs are accredited though The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Baccalaureate programs have expanded to over 30 programs now being offered and athletic programs continue to be added which include 12 intercollegiate sports teams that compete in the Midlands Conference of the NAIA.
Harding University is a private liberal arts Christian university located in Searcy, Arkansas. The fall 2011 student body of 7,155 students includes 4,340 undergraduate and 2,815 graduate students from all fifty states and more than fifty foreign countries. Harding University also operates Camp Tahkodah in Floral, Arkansas, Harding Academy in Searcy, and the Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tennessee. The College of Sciences offers degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, mathematics and physics. Engineering degrees are offered in computer engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and a new degree in biomedical engineering is being implemented. Health fields in which degrees are offered are physician assistant, nursing, physical therapy, dietetics and pharmacy.
Located an hour southwest of Little Rock in Arkadelphia, Henderson State University is Arkansas’s public liberal arts university. It has a strong history as a leader in teacher education and boasts the only four-year aviation program in Arkansas. Henderson is one of the smallest universities to be accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Located in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains area, Henderson is accredited by the North Central Association.
Founded in 1872, Lyon College offers a liberal arts education of superior quality in a personalized setting. A selective, independent, undergraduate, residential teaching and learning community affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Lyon encourages the free intellectual inquiry essential to social, ethical and spiritual growth. With a rich scholarly and religious heritage, Lyon develops, in a culture of honor, responsible citizens and leaders committed to continued personal growth and service. Located in Batesville, Lyon is classified as a baccalaureate (liberal arts) college by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is included among the country’s best liberal arts (bachelorette) colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
A key research facility of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) is located 30 miles south of Little Rock in Jefferson, Arkansas. The NCTR is composed of major research groups that study biochemical and molecular markers of cancer, nutritional modulation of risk and toxicity, developmental toxicology, neurotoxicology, quantitative risk assessment, transgenics, applied and environmental microbiology, and solid-state toxicity.
Established in 1877, Philander Smith College is Arkansas’s oldest private historically black college (HBCU). A four-year liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, PSC sits on an enclosed 12-square-block campus in the beautiful and historic Quapaw Quarter of downtown Little Rock. Philander Smith College is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and is approved by the Arkansas State Department of Education. PSC offers bachelor’s degrees after a quality education through six major divisions: Teacher Education, Humanities, Natural and Physical Sciences, Business and Economics, Social Sciences, and the Division of Continuing Education. Philander Smith College’s rich legacy continues by providing an educational experience that embraces academic excellence, builds self-esteem, cultivates critical thinking skills, and prepares learners for tomorrow.
Southern Arkansas University is a unique, yet comprehensive liberal arts university at the heart of southern Arkansas. Established in 1909, SAU has built on its foundation tied to the region’s agricultural past and continues to grow while expanding its tradition of success into more than 60 degrees in four distinct colleges. The University is committed to providing the best tools, programs, services and opportunities with qualified professors dedicated to helping their students reach their educational goals and professional future.
Each semester, more than 7,100 students begin their future at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. Established as a junior college with 34 students in 1928, the university expanded in size and vision over the years, finally taking on its current name and identity as a premier regional university when it joined the University of Arkansas System in 2002.
UAFS is one of 13 academic institutions and four other units governed by the University of Arkansas System board of trustees and administered by the president of the system. System offices are located in Little Rock. As a public university, UAFS is overseen by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
The University of Arkansas-Monticello (UAM) was established in 1909 by an act of the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas to serve the education needs of Southeast Arkansas. UAM became a part of the University of Arkansas system in 1971. The main campus is located in the 90 miles south of Little Rock, situated in the pine forests of Southeastern Arkansas on the edge of the rich Mississippi delta. UAM is committed to excellence in all program offerings. UAM assures opportunities in higher education for both traditional and non-traditional students, and strives to provide an environment that fosters individual achievement and personal development. Degrees are offered in the liberal arts, basic and applied sciences, and selected professions. Eleven academic schools and divisions offer several undergraduate degrees, including: A.A; A.S.; A.A.S.; B.S.; B.A.; B.B.A.; B.S.N. Graduate degree programs are offered in Education (M.Ed.) and Forestry (M.S.). UAM has the only School of Forest Resources in Arkansas.
The University of the Ozarks is a private, four-year liberal arts, comprehensive university located in Clarksville, Arkansas, a community of approximately 8,000 people and the county seat of Johnson County. U of O is located at the foot of the Ozark Mountains, about 100 miles (160 km) west of Little Rock. The university’s enrollment averages around 650 students, and the student body is represented by more than 25 states and 20 foreign countries. U of O is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.
University of the Ozarks has been ranked as a “top tier” college in the South Region by U.S. News & World Report for the past 10 years and has been ranked in the magazine’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” for six consecutive years. In the 2008 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges, Ozarks was ranked No. 1 in the South in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. The university’s 30-acre (120,000 m2), tree-shaded campus sits atop College Hill, about two blocks north of downtown Clarksville. The university is accredited by the North Central Association.