Ecclesia uses state money to buy land

Posted: January 29, 2017 at 1:10 a.m.

Ecclesia, a private Christian college, has been buying many parcels of land over the past several years for expansion. Ecclesia said in its grant applications it needed the land for student housing to accommodate rapid growth, but Springdale’s Building Department shows no new buildings or structural renovation have occurred on the properties.

Arkansas legislators gave nearly $700,000 of taxpayers' money to help Ecclesia College buy almost 50 acres although it already owned more than 200 acres, according to state and county records.

Ecclesia land purchases.

Fast facts

• Ecclesia College is a work-learning college, which allows students to earn money toward tuition and graduate with much less debt than the average university student, according to the school website.

• It offers three associate of arts degrees, 12 bachelor degrees and one graduate degree.

• The school was founded in 1975.

• Ecclesia is accredited with The Association for Biblical Higher Education and a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

• The college is one entity operating under Ecclesia Inc. The Arkansas Secretary of State’s office also lists Auvisa, Bibles for the Nations, Carry the Light, Ecclesia Children’s Ministries, Ecclesia Relief and Development, Elm Springs Bible School, Elm Springs Christian School, International Missions Network Center, Living Alternatives, Strategic Mission Network, Strategic Mission Network for Strategic Nations and Youth with a Mission as names used by Ecclesia Inc.

Source: Staff report

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