ACCB Receives Affirmation of Accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission

BATESVILLE - University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has received notification that its accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  The affirmation is an endorsement of the quality, reputation and student-centeredness of the institution's programs. The commission’s action follows a Quality Initiative project, an assurance argument by the college and a two-day site visit by a three-member review team last April.

UACCB is one of the first universities in the nation to be evaluated using the Higher Learning Commission’s new accreditation process, Open Pathway. Out of the more than 1,000 member institutions, only 13 were chosen as Pioneer Institutions to undergo review last spring, as part of a demonstration project for the new Open Pathways model.

The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting postsecondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States which includes 19 states. It is one of six regional accrediting associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  The HLC was created to develop and maintain high standards of academic excellence.  Receiving HLC accreditation means an institution meets recognized standards of education regarding its mission, governance, financial stability, teaching and learning, and relations with its constituents, as well as federal compliance requirements.

"The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville's Quality Initiative (QI) to create a new advising culture on campus addressing registration, academic advising, student support, and goal attainment began in the Fall 2011 semester. This project was ambitious, flexible, and incredibly worthwhile. The UACCB project report showcases the creative use of human capital 1) to meet the practical demands resulting from insufficient financial resources and 2) to alter long-standing policy language and procedural actions. UACCB's QI has helped the college focus on its present situation and plan for the future with a good understanding of its strengths and weaknesses," said Kimberly Downing Robinson of the review team.

"The campus is to be commended for entering into an alternative, unknown accreditation process," said Deborah Frazier, Chancellor. "As you recall, the Advising Center and many student retention efforts evolved from the Pathways initiative."

The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville provides quality educational opportunities within a supportive learning environment. They promote success through community partnerships, responsive programs, and an enduring commitment to improvement.