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Higher Learning Commission Self-Study


Higher Learning CommissionArkansas State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools. ASU was first accredited in 1928 and has had continuous accreditation since that time. As a participant in the HLC PEAQ (Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality) evaluation process (http://www.ncahlc.org/peaq-home/peaq.html), ASU is comprehensively evaluated every 10 years. The last comprehensive evaluation was conducted in 2002-2003 with the next evaluation scheduled for 2013-2014.

The accreditation evaluation has two key components. First, the self-study process requires that the university review the five Criteria for Accreditation and provide evidence that these criteria and their core components are being fully met. In addition, this provides the university community with the opportunity to take a close look at its strengths and challenges for the future. The self-study is reflective of not only where we have been as an institution but where we are planning to go in the future. Secondly, the process will culminate with a visit to campus by a team of HLC consultant-evaluators who will verify the accuracy of the self-study report and then offer suggestions for the continued success of ASU.

At this time, ASU is fully engaged in initiatives supportive of the forthcoming evaluation visit: the self-study process, assessment and evaluation, strategic planning, and other forms of comprehensive university planning.

This website will provide information to the campus and community about the self-study process as it progresses and culminates with the team visit by the HLC consultant-evaluators in 2013-2014. You are invited to visit this site regularly for self-study news and updates.

Learn more about the HLC PEAQ evaluation process here >>