Courtway highlights successes, encourages partnerships.

Recently, more than 150 students who received scholarships from the University of Central Arkansas Foundation met over 100 donors who helped fund those scholarships. It was energizing to see connections being made between donors and recipients.

UCA has its largest enrollment since 2009 with just over 11,500 students. In fact, it is one of only a few universities statewide to have an increase in enrollment. UCA remains among the top 30 best public institutions in the south according to U.S. News & World Report rankings that were released in September.

The University’s finances are stable. This year the administration provided equity funding to faculty and awarded a cost-of-living increase to faculty and staff. Currently, construction is underway to expand UCA’s Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Center by 43,227 square feet; and, plans for a Greek Village and a renovation of Lewis Science Center are being considered. The University’s administration is also developing a comprehensive plan to make the corridor of Donaghey Avenue attractive for both the campus and community.

Educating the youth of this state and region begins with access to a higher education. Private scholarships are crucial in providing this opportunity to students. It is also important to provide support for faculty so they can be on the cutting-edge of their fields. UCA’s faculty, administration, and staff, give students the best educational opportunities, which enable them to have the greatest impact in the workforce.

UCA needs alumni and friends to be active participants as the University continues to achieve its mission of Academic Vitality, Integrity and Diversity (AVID). I am asking you to support this progressive institution of higher education. UCA’s exceptional legacy is what it is today because people believed in, engaged with and supported the University.

There has never been a better time to support UCA. I invite you to become an active partner in helping the University have a successful second century of providing a quality and affordable education to students. If you are interested, please contact UCA’s advancement team at We have much to accomplish but, with your participation, UCA will continue to be a successful institution of higher learning.

Tom Courtway