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Maria Markham, director of the Arkansas Division of Higher Education
Business Services / Education / Government & Politics

College Funding Formula Makes Outcomes Key to MoneyLock Icon

The financial impact of the new outcomes-based state funding formula on individual Arkansas universities and colleges has been a mixed bag, but the program is having the desired effect, and overall funding has increased. read more >
UCA President Houston Davis; Lee Price, Arkansas State Director for the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship and Training; GB Cazes, president of products and services for Metova Inc.; Shelley Mehl, associate vice president of the UCA Division of Outreach and Community Engagement; Mary Dunlap, Arkansas Coding Academy director; and Mark McManus with the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services celebrate the state’s first Information Technology Based Registered Apprenticeship Program at UCA.
Education

UCA, Metova Announce IT Apprenticeship Program

The University of Central Arkansas' Division of Outreach & Community Engagement, the Arkansas Coding Academy, the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services and U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the state’s first Information Technology Based Registered Apprenticeship Program at UCA. read more >
UCA President Houston Davis
Education

New UCA President Houston Davis Talks Priorities, Plans

Monday is Houston Davis' first day as the University of Central Arkansas' president, and he took some time Friday to speak with Arkansas Business about his priorities and plans. He called UCA "a place where students can get a very personalized education that prepares them for being an active citizen and an active employee, no matter what field they choose to go into." read more >
Houston Davis (left) and Tom Courtway. 
Education

UCA Names Houston Davis As Next President

The University of Central Arkansas selects Houston D. Davis as its 11th president. read more >
Education

UCA to Narrow List of President Candidates, Begin Interviews Next Week

The University of Central Arkansas in Conway has received 37 applications for president and will work Thursday to narrow the list and schedule interviews for next week in Dallas. read more >
Tom Courtway
Education / Legal

The Courtway Legacy (Editorial)

UCA will have a hard time finding a replacement for Tom Courtway, someone of his steadiness, ability to bring people together for the good of the institution and refreshing lack of … baloney. read more >
Tech companies and Main Street businesses are both vital to Conway’s economy.

Conway Retail, Tech Startups Joust in Entrepreneurial Climate

It’s hard to say which emerging segment of Conway’s entrepreneurial community best typifies the city’s economic development, retail or tech start-ups. City leaders aren’t complaining either way. read more >
Conway boasts three residential campuses among its educational institutions. Hendrix Village near Hendrix College is shown here.

Colleges, Universities Play Vital Role In Conway’s Economic Success

Signs greeting motorists proudly proclaim Conway the “City of Colleges,” and its three residential campuses have played a major role in the growth and development of the wider community. read more >
Bill Tsutsui
Education

Conway College Presidents Talk Retention, Campus Changes

College presidents in Conway discussed the challenges facing higher education and changes coming to their respective schools on Tuesday at the first Outlook Conway conference, hosted by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. read more >
Tom Courtway
Education

UCA President Tom Courtway to Step Down, Return to Teaching

University of Central Arkansas President Tom Courtway is looking to step down before the end of his current contract and return to teaching in the UCA College of Business, university officials said Friday. The university's board said it will begin discussing the process of a presidential search in the spring. read more >
Mike Preston
Education / Government & Politics

UCA, AEDC Collaborating on Assistance Program for Arkansas Mayors

Technical Assistance Program for Arkansas Mayors will provide education and training to mayors, particularly in rural areas and the Delta region. read more >
Tom Courtway, president of the University of Central Arkansas, Scott Bennett, AHTD director and Steve Williams, chairman and CEO of Maverick USA, Inc. 
Education / Transportation

UCA Receives $3M from Highway and Transportation Department

University of Central Arkansas President Tom Courtway was presented with a $3 million check today. read more >
Doug Voss
Education / Transportation

UCA College of Business Receives $3M for Supply Chain Program

The university will use the funds to endow a chaired faculty position to support and expand the supply-chain logistics management program beginning in the fall. read more >
Education

Optometric Association Backs UCA’s Optometry School Plans

The University of Central Arkansas said Thursday it will study whether to open a school of optometry on the campus. read more >
This rendering shows the proposed Donaghey Hall, a 67,500-SF mixed use building with retail shops and restaruants in addition to student housing.
Construction / Education / Real Estate / Restaurants & Food / Retail

UCA Board Approves Property Acquisition, Bond Issuance for $17.6M Mixed-Use Project

The property, at 242 Donaghey Ave., is currently occupied by a Papa John's restaurant, owned by Ozark Pizza Co. LLC of Little Rock. The offer would pay Ozark Pizza Co. $236,000 for the .12-acre lot and another $164,000 if the property is vacated by April 15. read more >
Construction / Education

Conway Corp. Pledges $3M to Science Center Addition at UCA

Conway Corp., operator of Conway's city-owned utility system, has pledged $3 million to the University of Central Arkansas for its $17.5 million construction and renovation project of the Lewis Science Center. read more >
Education

Early Numbers Show UCA Fall Enrollment Up

Preliminary enrollment figures indicate the University of Central Arkansas has experienced a 1.4 percent increase in overall enrollment for the fall semester and a 1.4 percent increase in first-time undergraduate enrollment. read more >
Kelley Erstine
Education

Kelley Erstine Returns to UCA as Chief of Staff

Kelley Erstine, an alumnus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, started work last week as chief of staff at his alma matter. In his new role, Erstine will make $165,000 a year. read more >
Construction / Education / Real Estate / Restaurants & Food / Retail

UCA Gauging Retail Interest in Mixed-Use Development

The University of Central Arkansas is starting to look into the interest levels businesses may have in being a part of the first phase of the university's renovation of Donaghey Avenue. read more >
Education

UCA’s McCastlain Hall Receives $800,000 Grant for Renovations

The University of Central Arkansas' McCastlain Hall, one of eight buildings included in the university's Historic District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is receiving an $800,000 grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council for renovations. read more >