University of Central Arkansas

Founded in 1907 as Arkansas State Normal School, later known as Arkansas State Teachers College, the University of Central Arkansas in Conway today encompasses more than 13,000 students and an endowment of about $35 million.

UCA comprises six colleges and a study abroad program where credits earned at several foreign universities may be credited toward a degree at UCA. The school is one of just 20 in the U.S. hosting an Asian Studies Development Program's Regional Centers for Asian Studies, a joint program of the federally-funded East West Center and University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The university is known for its innovative Honors College, which has received national recognition for its excellence. The Carnegie Foundation called the UCA Honors College "one of the most widely imitated programs in the country," and former U.S. Secretary of Education Terrell Bell described the Honors College as being "an Ivy League education at a bargain basement price."

Tom Courtway is the school's interim president since the 2011 resignation of Allen Meador.