Arkansas Baptist College
Main Building, Arkansas Baptist College
|President||Regina H. Favors|
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 (ID96000892)|
|NRHP reference No.||76000457|
|Added to NRHP||April 30, 1976|
|Designated CP||August 16, 1996|
Arkansas Baptist College (ABC) is a private, historically black liberal arts college 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.
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August 2015 the commission gave the college a "Show-Cause" order to present a case that its accreditation should not be withdrawn. The order was withdrawn in November 2016.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 commission placed the college on probation in 2019 for failing to meet the accreditation criterion that requires the institution to have adequate resources.
Notable alumni of Arkansas Baptist College include:
- William T. Dixon, preacher
- Harry Kenyon, athlete
- Michael Dyer, athlete
- E. Alice Taylor, activist
- Louis Jordan, musician
- James Charles Lewis, III (Lil' JJ), entertainer
- "College Navigator - Arkansas Baptist College". nces.ed.gov. Retrieved Oct 15, 2020.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
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- "Statement of Accreditation Status as of April 11, 2017". Higher Learning Commission. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
- "Public Disclosure: Arkansas Baptist College status changed from "Accredited" to "Accredited – On Probation"" (PDF). Higher Learning Commission. February 28, 2019. Retrieved May 17, 2020.