Arkansas Baptist College
Main Building, Arkansas Baptist College
Little Rock, Arkansas, Arkansas, |
Old Main Building, Arkansas Baptist College
|Location||1621 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Little Rock, Arkansas|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Part of||Central High School Neighborhood Historic District (2012 boundary increase) (#12000320)|
|NRHP reference #||76000457|
|Added to NRHP||April 30, 1976|
|Designated CP||June 7, 2012|
Arkansas Baptist College (ABC) is a private, historically black liberal arts college located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Founded in 1884 as the Minister's Institute, ABC was initially funded by the Colored Baptists of the State of Arkansas. It is the only historically black Baptist school west of the Mississippi River. The main building on its campus, built in 1893, is one of the oldest surviving academic buildings in the state, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
The school's baseball team competes in Region 2 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The school's baseball program plays part of its schedule at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock. The Buffs Head Baseball Coach is Tanner Rockwell.
Arkansas Baptist College was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in 1987. In February 2014 the Commission placed the college on notice that it was at risk for being out of compliance with the Commission's criteria for accreditation. In August 2015 the Commission gave the College a Show-Cause order to present a case that its accreditation should not be withdrawn. The order was withdrawn in November 2016. The Higher Learning Commission visited the college in December 2017 for a focused visit.
Notable alumni of Arkansas Baptist College include preacher William T. Dixon, actor James Charles Lewis III (professionally known as Lil JJ), and athletes Harry Kenyon and Michael Dyer. Boston business owner and NAACP activist E. Alice Taylor graduated from the College in 1913.
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- "Statement of Accreditation Status as of April 11, 2017". Higher Learning Commission. Retrieved 11 April 2017.