JBU and Mutiny FX Partner on New Motion Graphics Offering

Kyle Agee, John Brown University assistant professor of Visual Arts, and Dustin Solomon, founder and CEO of Bentonville-based Mutiny FX, have partnered to offer the course, Motion Graphics, as part of JBU’s undergraduate Visual Arts program. Agee and Solomon, both JBU alumni, strived to expand the skillset of JBU students who are studying digital cinema and graphic design with additional knowledge in visual effects.

“At JBU, we are committed to our mission of providing academic excellence so that our students will have the expertise to be the best in their field, while also nourishing their spiritual life to honor God and serve others,” Dr. Ed Ericson, vice president for academic affairs & dean of the faculty, said. “We are glad Agee and Solomon, who are both JBU graduates with extensive career knowledge, are able to collaborate and give back to their alma mater on a course that meets the demand of today’s ever-changing market.”

The class, which began this fall semester, addresses a need for education and talent in the growing field while increasing overlapping skills needed for digital cinema and graphic design students.

“The digital cinema students need to know how to do non-cinematic virtual effects,” Agee said. “At the same time, graphic design students need to understand not only how to build for 3D space, but also things like point tracking, so they can create realistic graphics for display prototypes or a store walk-through environment.”

Business at Mutiny FX has been steadily picking up, with 17 film and TV movie projects in 2018 alone. Their services include titles, motion capture, virtual reality and full-service post production. The company has worked on more than 50 films, including “God’s Not Dead 2,” “Greater” (the Brandon Burlsworth story) and the film “Unbroken: Path to Redemption,” which opened in theaters, Sept. 14.

The work was there, but Solomon was having trouble finding talent.

“There hasn’t been the educational opportunities in our area for someone wanting to get into this field,” said Solomon, who opened Mutiny FX in 2011. “They go out of state for their education, then usually stay there for their careers,” leaving Northwest Arkansas without the expertise, talent pool and opportunities that come with VFX projects.

Once a luxury reserved for big-budget Hollywood films, visual effects have moved into mainstream and independent media thanks to improved technology and software. Visual effects is a specialized mix of technology and artistry, using computer software to enhance or create imagery not achieved with live-action filming (for example aliens invading Earth or a massive skyscraper explosion). Visual effects are also used heavily in television shows such as Westworld and Game of Thrones, and to design video games, apps and virtual environments such as retail displays.

Agee started teaching the class this semester as a faculty member. The previous version of the class was taught by adjunct professors and often lacked consistency from semester to semester.

“This is the best of both worlds,” Agee said. “We get the consistency of a faculty member teaching the class every semester, along with outside experts to help develop a curriculum that’s relevant. Dustin and his team are so very good at what they do. Since they do this every day, they’re always up to date in this field, which changes so rapidly.”

Agee and Solomon eagerly await the results and feedback from this semester’s students so they can discuss what happens next with the program. After the fall semester started on Aug. 22, three additional students approached Agee to take the class based on recommendations from friends who attended the first session.

“We are blessed that we have students who want to learn,” Agee said. “We are industry and job focused. We make no apologies for saying our goal is to get students employed. They’re pumped any time they get to learn something hands-on that they can put on a resume that sets them apart from another student.”

Visit jbu.edu/motion-graphics/ to learn more about the Motion Graphics course. Visit mutinyfx.com to learn more about Mutiny FX.

JBU Advances to No. 13 in U.S. News Best in South Rankings

Remains Top-Ranked Arkansas School in Regional University Category

In the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Universities ranking, released today, John Brown University ranked 13th out of 141 southern universities, advancing four places from last year. This marks the third consecutive year JBU is the top-ranked Arkansas school in its cohort, which includes Harding University, Arkansas State University, University of Central Arkansas, Henderson State University, Arkansas Tech University and Southern Arkansas University.

“For JBU to continually be the top-ranked Arkansas school among its peers attests to the caliber of JBU’s faculty, staff and students,” said Dr. Chip Pollard, JBU president. “The U.S News rankings reflects our ongoing commitment to providing a rigorous Christian higher education.”

U.S. News & World Report is widely recognized as a leader in higher education rankings and a key resource for a student’s college search. To determine its rankings, U.S. News evaluates graduation and student retention rates, class size, student-to-faculty ratio, SAT and ACT scores, alumni giving rate and peer assessment.

This year, JBU’s graduation rate rose by 12.31 percent to 73 percent of students in the 2011 cohort graduating in 6 years or less. This is the highest graduation rate in university’s history.

“Recognition from U.S. News affirms the work JBU’s faculty and staff does every day to cultivate in our students a developed servant heart, a nourished spiritual life and an excellent academic experience,” said Ed Ericson, vice president for academic affairs & dean of the faculty. “Our students are graduating with not just a degree but with the tools that will equip them for life.”

U.S. News also recognized JBU as “Best Value School,” “A+ Schools for B Students,” “Most Innovative Schools,” “Best Undergraduate Teaching” and a top-10 “Best Colleges for Veterans” institution in its category.

JBU was also recognized among the top third of all U.S. schools in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education U.S. College rankings, released Sept. 5. Placing 356th out of 968 institutions ranked by the study, JBU was the second highest Arkansas school and was 78th out of 286 institutions in the South.

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings are based on 15 key indicators that assess colleges in four areas: outcomes, resources, engagement and environment. For more information on the methodology, visit www.timeshighereducation.com.

For more information on U.S. News’ ranking methodology, visit www.usnews.com/collegemeth.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top-ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2019), JBU enrolls more than 2,100 students from 38 states and 53 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers 41 majors, with top programs including engineering, nursing, family and human services, biology, graphic design and construction management.

JBU Opens Studio and Project Space for Art and Engineering Students

Art and Engineering Remain Top Majors Among New Students

John Brown University held the first classes this week in the Peer-Andrus Studio and Project Barn, a 16,800-square-foot facility that provides essential studio and project space for art and engineering students. The two programs are among JBU’s top five majors. Of the 373 freshmen and transfer students who began classes at JBU’s main campus on Wednesday, 34 are engineering students and 17 are studying graphic design.

“We are blessed with dynamic art and engineering programs that continues to be popular among new students who seek a holistic education that combines faith-based learning with hands-on experience,” said Don Crandall, vice president for enrollment management. “The Peer-Andrus Studio and Project Barn sets us apart from many colleges as it will better equip our students with professional and personal success through project-based and experiential learning.”

The $3.25 million facility is named after Charles Peer, retired professor of visual arts, and Dave Andrus, professor of visual arts and department head, who together founded JBU’s Visual Arts program in 1990. The Visual Arts program is one of the largest JBU programs with students majoring in graphic design, art and illustration, digital cinema and photography.

The art section of the building includes a space for commercial photography and video shoots, a wood shop and three large project areas. For the fall semester, five art classes, which include drawing I, figure drawing, oil painting I & II and commercial studio photography, will be held in the newly built facility. The engineering section includes one large project area with 17 flexible workstations for engineering students.

“Our current engineering students are building and testing a variety of projects from new designs for model airplanes and wind turbine blades to a mining robot built to drill and extract Martian rock samples and used to participate in NASA’s annual competition,” Juan Rodriguez, instructor of mechanical engineering, said. “The new building houses these projects, allows students the flexibility to work on multiple projects at once and creates an environment with a quick turnaround between designing, building and testing.”

The building was the newest initiative of JBU’s $125 million Campaign for the Next Century, which is scheduled for completion in 2019 during the university’s centennial.

The incoming class, made up of 42 percent men and 58 percent women, brings students from 29 countries and 23 states, most commonly from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri. Enrolling students from countries like Germany, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Nicaragua, the class of 2022 was awarded close to $5 million in scholarships and financial aid. The class’ top five majors include engineering, nursing, biology, psychology and graphic design.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top-ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2018), JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 41 states and 50 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

JBU Named ‘2018 Great College to Work For’

University Named Among 43 Honor Roll Institutions

John Brown University is one of the best colleges to work for in the nation for the fourth consecutive year, according to the Great Colleges to Work For survey, the largest and most comprehensive workplace study in higher education that is administered by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Nationally, JBU is among only 84 colleges who received the Great College to Work For recognition, 43 institutions with the Honor Roll distinction for being recognized in four or more categories and placed top 10 within the small enrollment size category.

JBU won honors for best workplace practices and policies in nine of 12 categories: collaborative governance, compensation and benefits, confidence in senior leadership, facilities, workspace and security, job satisfaction, professional/career development programs, respect and appreciation, supervisor/department chair relationship and work/life balance.

“JBU is honored to be recognized for the fourth year in a row on the High Honor Roll for the Great Colleges to Work For survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education,” said JBU President Chip Pollard. “We carry out our mission to serve students only through the excellence of our faculty and staff, so it is encouraging to learn year after year that they enjoy working at JBU.”

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted many “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.

The survey results, based primarily on employee feedback, included a two-part assessment from each institution: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies and a survey distributed to faculty, administrators and professional support staff.

Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view the survey results, visit The Chronicle’s website at chronicle.com/AW18.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top-ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2018), JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 41 states and 50 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

JBU’s Nursing Program Earns Accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Receives Full Approval from Arkansas State Board of Nursing

John Brown University announced this week that its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a national nursing accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and full approval from Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) to prepare nurse candidates for licensure.

CCNE evaluated JBU’s nursing program based on an internal self-study of the program’s quality and effectiveness, submitted comments from third parties concerning the program’s qualifications and a three-day, on-site evaluation performed by CCNE to ensure the program complies to CCNE’s accreditation standards and key elements.

“The nursing program aligns perfectly with JBU’s educational philosophy to provide students with career preparation, intellectual understanding and personal development. With the CCNE’s accreditation and ASBN’s full approval, JBU nursing students are assured that their education meets and exceeds all professional standards,” Dr. Richard Ellis, interim dean of the College of Education and Human Services, said. “We are proud of the work of JBU’s nursing faculty, particularly the head of our nursing department, Dr. Ellen Odell, in achieving these recognitions.”

In 2013, the university received unanimous approval from the ASBN to develop a nursing program, enabling pre-nursing students to register fall 2014. JBU raised $12 million to build and endow a 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Health Education Building. This facility includes three classrooms, four exam rooms with computer-operated, interactive mannequins that simulate urgent care scenarios, two health assessment labs, a computer lab, offices and study lounges.

Currently, the nursing program has become one of the largest majors at the university with 151 students enrolled as of fall 2017.

“Our goal is not only to excellently educate our students, but also to show them the power of their education to make a real impact in the world,” Dr. Ellen Odell, nursing program director, said. “With accreditation from CCNE and approval from ASBN, we are able to ensure the quality and integrity of our program and continue to educate the next generation of nurses with the qualifications and preparation to do their job and do it exceedingly well.”

JBU graduated its first class of nursing students in university history on May 5, with 28 students earning a Bachelor of Science in nursing. These graduates already accepted positions in hospitals across Northwest Arkansas, and in Oklahoma and Tennessee, working in units such as labor and delivery, emergency, intensive care, adult medical-surgical, neonatal intensive care, cardiac neurodevelopment, pediatric surgical and acute care.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education programs and entry-to-practice nurse residency programs. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and entry-to-practice nurse residency programs.

Established by the Arkansas Legislature in 1913 to safeguard the life and health of its citizens, the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN) achieves its mission by developing standards for safe nursing care, approval of nursing schools and regulating licenses to practice nursing. In addition to the Nurse Practice Act and Rules, there are position statements and guidelines for nurses to follow. The ASBN is responsible for enforcing these laws and rules pertaining to the regulation of nurses, nursing education and nursing practice.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top-ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2018), JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 41 states and 50 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

JBU Alumnus Named Walton International Scholarship Program Director

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JBU alumnus Gabriel Williams will become the director of JBU’s Walton International Scholarship Program, beginning this fall.

John Brown University announced this week that JBU alumnus Gabriel Williams will become the director of JBU’s Walton International Scholarship Program (WISP), beginning this fall. Williams will recruit and advise prospective WISP students and support current JBU WISP students through their studies until completion of their program requirements.

“We could not be happier to have Gabe Williams, an alumnus who grew up in Costa Rica and has been working internationally in missions, to take the lead role in directing JBU’s Walton International Scholars Program,” Dr. Steve Beers, JBU vice president of student development, said. “He and his wife, Andrea who is also a graduate, are excited to provide direct support for 60 Central American and Mexican students who enrich our campus each year.”

Launched by Sam and Helen Walton in 1985, the WISP awards 60 students a full-ride scholarship every year to attend one of three Arkansas institutions: John Brown University, University of the Ozarks or Harding University. In exchange, students commit to return to their home countries for four years after graduation to make a difference in their local communities.

In the over 30 years since its inception, JBU has graduated over 400 Walton scholars.

Williams graduated from JBU in 2004 with a bachelor’s of science degree in construction management. After graduation, he worked for three years as a field and office engineer for Hensel Phelps Construction Company before becoming construction manager for New Hope Uganda, where he manages and facilitates the construction and maintenance needs of the organization.

In addition, Williams and his wife Andrea, a JBU 2005 alumna, were JBU missionaries in residence for the 2014-2015 academic year. They built relationships with JBU’s missionary kids and international students through hospitality, counseling and fellowship.

“JBU has always held a special place my life,” Williams said. “It is where my wife and I met, and for four years was my only American ‘home’ since I grew up in Costa Rica. As the director of the Walton International Scholarship Program, I am excited to partner with students as they make the transition from their home to host culture and receive a liberal arts education that will play a transforming role in their lives, impacting their families, local communities and potentially their nations.”

Williams will be the fourth director to govern JBU’s WISP program. Ron Johnson was the director of JBU’s WISP program for over 20 years, before passing away in December 2018.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top-ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2018), JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 41 states and 50 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

JBU Places Third at 7th Annual Disaster Shelter Design Competition

Samaritan’s Purse and JBU Partner to Find Innovative Disaster Response Shelters

John Brown University’s construction management students placed third at the 7th Annual Disaster Shelter Design Competition, sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse International, April 19-21, and hosted on JBU’s Siloam Springs campus. Nine teams from eight universities designed and constructed a rapidly-deployable emergency and disaster shelter, which a panel of judges with expertise in emergency management, engineering, logistics and manufacturing, evaluated for possible implementation in relief efforts worldwide.

“This competition gives Samaritan’s Purse access to some of the region’s most innovative engineers, construction management and architects, as students provide practical solutions to real-world problems,” Mark Terrill, JBU associate professor of construction management and competition coordinator, said. “Not only does the competition combine classroom learning and real-world application, but it’s also really fun to watch.”

This year’s competition scenario was based on the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2015 that effected more than a million people in Nepal. The shelters were required to address the local climate in Nepal, as well as their mountainous terrain, by retaining heat and transporting easily as well as by being water resistant, cost effective and culturally appropriate. The shelters were also required to be able to house a family of four.

“Samaritan’s Purse responds to natural disasters and crises around the world, and emergency shelter is often one of the most critical needs that we see,” said Eric Weaver, a shelter technical advisor with Samaritan’s Purse. “By sponsoring this competition with John Brown University, we hope to engage and inspire students that are interested in construction to use their skills in a way that makes a global impact.”

Each team’s disaster shelter prototypes endured durability testing – including earthquake sustainability, heat retention, overnight habitability, wind turbulence and water resistance (new this year). In addition, teams competed in an emergency shelter construction test, where they were evaluated on their ability to quickly design and construct emergency shelters from given materials.

Teams were scored based on their shelter’s performance in individual events and on their presentations detailing their shelter’s schematics, design and materials. One of the two teams from LeTourneau University (Longview, Texas) finished in first place, and Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) took second place.  Other universities who participated this year include Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa), Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, Kansas), Gyeongsang National University (Jinju, South Korea), Murray State University (Murray, Kentucky) and University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock, Arkansas).

Samaritan’s Purse is an international Christian relief organization that has helped more than 40,000 families in 35 U.S. states following hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and ice storms. Recently, disaster response teams helped more than 4,600 families in Texas and Florida recover from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top-ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2018), JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 41 states and 50 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

JBU Construction Management Students Take Second in Regional Competition

John Brown University construction management students received second place in the commercial building category at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 5 annual competition in Dallas, sponsored by TEXO. University teams in this category were asked to develop a construction project proposal primarily for a public or private building and make a formal team presentation to a panel of construction professionals.

“This competition tests university students’ ability to solve problems that construction management professionals deal with in the real world,” Mark Terrill, assistant professor of construction management and team coach, said. “We are thankful to the ASC and TEXO for the opportunity to compete, but most importantly, we are proud of our students’ performance.”

Construction management competition

(from left to right) JBU freshman Kyle Beardsley received a scholarship from the TEXO foundation. JBU construction management students Bryan Harmon, Peter Choi, Emiley Hegel, Ethan Bolthouse, Brendan Culp and Philip Braun received second place in the commercial building category at the Associated Schools of Construction Region 5 annual competition.

For this year’s project, teams had to develop costs, work schedules, subcontractor bids, specifications and plans to resolve potential quality or safety issues for Mirmar Development Center in Irving, Texas, that was built four years ago. Once teams received the project specifications, they had 16 hours to complete their project and prepare a presentation before traveling to Dallas to present in front of judges. Judges evaluated teams on the overall feasibility of their plans, safety proposals and the quality of their presentations.

JBU senior Emiley Hegel won Best Presenter in the commercial category and freshman Kyle Beardsley received a scholarship from the TEXO foundation.

“I am so proud of the work we did to get there,” Hegel said. “We are the smallest school that participates in this competition, which can be intimidating at times, but the construction management program at JBU trains us well to be able to work professionally in the construction environment.”

Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas) placed first and University of Oklahoma (Norman, Oklahoma) took third. Other universities represented were Texas A&M Commerce, Texas State University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Texas Tech University. In 2016, JBU construction management program had a team place first in both the commercial building and heavy civil divisions.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top-ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2018), JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 41 states and 50 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

JBU Athletic Director Robyn Daugherty Named 2017-18 NAIA Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year

Robyn Daugherty

JBU Director of Athletics Robyn Daugherty has been named the 2017-18 NAIA Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

John Brown University is pleased to announce that JBU Director of Athletics Robyn Daugherty has been named the 2017-18 NAIA Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year (ADOY) by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Daugherty will accept her award during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon at NACDA’s 53rd Annual Convention at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on Friday, June 29.

“I am very honored and humbled to receive this award,” Daugherty said. “This award really speaks to my team of coaches and support personnel who work tirelessly to represent our institution well as they coach and mentor our student-athletes. We all want to win, but more importantly we want our student-athletes to grow and be prepared for their future – to keep academics a priority, to graduate, to learn about the inner workings of successful teams for life after college and to grow as individuals.”

Since Daugherty became director of athletics in 2006, 152 JBU student-athletes have been named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, which recognizes juniors and seniors who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. In addition, JBU athletics has been recognized as a Champions of Character Five-Star Institution earning either a gold or silver-level nomination by the NAIA each of the 16 years the initiative has been awarded.

“Robyn is one of the main reasons for the success we have had, not only on the field and court, but also in our student-athletes’ success in the classroom with athletes recording the highest GPAs in the school history in the last couple of years,” Jeff Soderquist, JBU head women’s basketball coach said. “She has also built up one of the top coaching staffs in all the NAIA, empowering us as coaches to do our job and do it well. Robyn is so well deserving of this award.”

Under Daugherty’s leadership, four JBU teams have earned 11 trips to national tournaments in their respective sports. One men’s cross country student-athlete has appeared in three national tournaments.

Daugherty currently serves on the NAIA’s Hall of Fame Committee and the Executive Committee for the Sooner Athletic Conference. She has completed terms on the National Administrative Council, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, Executive Committee as a College Division representative, the Competitive Experience Committee and NAIA’s Direct Qualification Task Force. In 2011, she was named the Sooner Athletic Conference Athletic Director of the Year.

A 1985 graduate of JBU and member of the women’s volleyball team from 1982-1985, Daugherty coached the volleyball program from 1990 to 2010 before retiring from coaching to focus full time on her role as athletic director.

“Robyn, with the knowledge and understanding as a student, a coach and now an administrator, is able to build relationships and bridge barriers between them all to accomplish the best for JBU athletics,” Dr. Steve Beers, JBU vice president of student development, said. “She is characterized by integrity and fairness for all.”

“We have a unique opportunity to challenge, encourage and shape student-athletes to give 100 percent and become better people, community members and followers of Jesus Christ,” Daugherty said. “I am so thankful that JBU took a chance on me and gave me this opportunity to grow personally and professionally. JBU is a great place to work and I feel blessed each and every day to be a part of JBU and JBU Athletics.”

For 20 years, the ADOY program recognizes intercollegiate athletic directors who have shown significant contributions and administrative excellence at their institution over the course of the last year. The award annually honors 28 athletic directors, four from each of the seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior/Community Colleges).

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top-ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2018), JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 41 states and 50 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.

JBU Announces Lowest Percent Increase for 2018-2019 Undergraduate Tuition, Room & Board

Upgrade to Undergraduate Meal Plan Introduced to Room & Board

The John Brown University Board of Trustees announced this week a 2.75 percent increase, the lowest rate increase in more than three decades, for undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board. The rate increase for 2018-2019 academic year amounts to $968, the lowest dollar change in 14 years.

JBU also announced new flexible dining options and extended cafeteria hours to better meet the needs of the diverse student body. The new meal plans relieve some of the restrictions on when and how students can use the plans, which JBU believes will allow students to get more value from the plans. In addition to the standard meal plans, enhancements and additional flex options are available from $20-$300.

Although exact board costs may vary slightly based on selected flexible dining options, the cost breakdown for undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board for 2018-19 is:

Increase Total
Tuition& Fees $784 $26,928
Room $88 $4,424
Board $96 $4,800
TOTAL $968 $36,152

“Recognized as one of the best values in Christian higher education, we continue to be committed to making JBU affordable for our students so that they can attain a top-tier education,”

Dr. Kim Hadley, vice president for finance and administration, said. “To help offset price increases necessary to cover our operational expenses, we provide millions of dollars each year in need and merit-based institutional scholarships for students.”

To help with the increase, the university will make an additional $450,000 available for need and merit-based institutional scholarships, approximately a three percent increase over last year’s amount. For the 2018-19 academic year, JBU expects to award just under $16 million in scholarships with 90 percent of JBU students receiving some form of institutional aid.

Tuition for online undergraduate students remains flat at $420 per credit hour. Tuition for graduate students continues at $560 per credit hour for graduate business and graduate counseling, $460 per credit hour for graduate education and $600 per credit hour for graduate cybersecurity majors.

John Brown University is a leading private Christian university, training students to honor God and serve others since 1919. Arkansas’ top ranked regional university (U.S. News Best Colleges, 2018), JBU enrolls more than 2,500 students from 41 states and 50 countries in its traditional undergraduate, graduate, online and concurrent education programs. JBU offers more than 40 majors, with top programs including business administration, graphic design, engineering, construction management, counseling, teacher education and nursing.