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The Higher Learning Commission Invites Third-Party Comment on Arkansas State University


JONESBORO – Arkansas State University seeks comments from the public about the university in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency, The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Arkansas State hosts a comprehensive on-site evaluation visit October 28-30, 2013, by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission.

An important part of the process is allowing the public the opportunity to make comments regarding Arkansas State.  The public is invited to submit comments regarding the A-State.  Send comments to:

   Third-Party Public Comments on Arkansas State University
   The Higher Learning Commission
   230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
   Chicago, IL  60604-1411

Or, submit comments via The Higher Learning Commission website:


Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by Oct. 1, 2013. The commission cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered. Comments will not be treated as confidential, nor will anonymous comments be accepted.

Arkansas State has maintained accreditation by The Higher Learning Commission since 1928.  Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole.  Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs.

The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States that provides institutional accreditation.  HLC accredits approximately 1,100 institutions of higher education in a 19-state region. The commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

For the past three years, Arkansas State engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the commission’s requirements and criteria for accreditation. The evaluation team’s visit to A-State gathers evidence to support the thorough and accurate work of the self-study. In turn, the team recommends to the commission a continuing status for the university, and following a review process, the Commission itself takes the final action.

Note:  Individuals with specific dispute or grievance with an institution should request the separate “Policy on Complaints” document from the HLC office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals. Complaints will not be considered third party comments.

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