Education & Learning: How Little Rock Gets Ahead

by Capital Assets Staff  on Monday, Mar. 18, 2013 12:00 am  

Little Rock not only offers but promotes a lifetime of learning. From innovative, public pre-K for all to graduate-level offerings unique on the planet, the region values education and economic development as inseparable.

Pre-K – 12 (Public)

Charter Schools

Pre K – 12 (Private)

Pre-K – 12 (Special needs)

State, private and branches of national graduate schools offer the region’s professionals advanced degree programs to fit any schedule.

Colleges & Universities

A wide variety of state, private and branches of national undergraduate colleges and universities offer associate and bachelor degree programs for the full or part-time student.

  • Arkansas Baptist College, led by its dynamic president, Dr. Fitz Hill, is an historically black college drawing national attention for its innovative offerings and historic growth, while transforming the lives of its students and the community in which they live and learn.
  • Central Baptist College
  • Harding University North Little Rock Professional Center
  • John Brown University Little Rock Branch
  • Philander Smith College, under its “Think Justice” banner, this historically black college features the Bless the Mic series with guests like Cornel West, Michael Eric Dyson and Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, boasts such distinguished alumni as Dr. Joycelyn Elders (former U.S. surgeon general), Hubert “Geese” Ausbie (legendary Harlem Globetrotter) and Dr. Robert Williams (father of black psychology).
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR)had its business school ranked among the top tier in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, with 70 percent graduating with an internship, part- or full-time job and 65 percent choosing to remain in the region. Graduate And Professional Schools
  • Strayer University
  • University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, the first and only school in the world to offer a master’s of public service degree, hosts students from around the globe, features an innovative curriculum and broad field experience and produces one of the finest public speaker series in the world including speakers Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock Graduate School, a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University, offers 38 master’s, 15 graduate certificates, two educations specialists, and 10 doctoral programs (Ph.D, Au.D, Ed.D, J.D.) in seven diverse and comprehensive colleges.
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, consistently ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s top 25 for legal writing, was named by The National Jurist magazine as one of America’s top 15 schools preparing law students for public service. Law.
    University Systems

The region is the system home of Arkansas’ two largest universities.

Education Training

Community Colleges

The Central Arkansas Consortium of Two-Year Colleges partners with the chamber and Metro Little Rock Alliance to foster economic development in the region by responding to the workforce needs of the region’s employers and sharing resources, curriculum and funding to further enhance the region’s competitiveness.

  • Pulaski Technical College has over 11,000 students, while its Culinary School has dual accreditations from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation and the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration and is one of only two schools in the nation (the other being in Napa Valley) with a wine accreditation through London Wine and Spirits Education Trust. 



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