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A-State Closed on Jan. 16 due to winter precipitation.

Arkansas State University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to winter precipitation. All winter response staff members are requested to report to their duty stations.

Overnight, snow fall made conditions for students, faculty and staff hazardous.

"Our administrative team determined the snowfall was going to be heavier than forecast and while today was scheduled to be the first day of class for the spring 2018 semester, I've decided it is best that we cancel classes for today," Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.

All classes at the Jonesboro and Paragould locations are cancelled. Online classes continue.

While offices and classes are closed, university residential life areas continue to operate to support the on-campus student population.

For students living on-campus, Acansa Dining Hall will operate under "brunch hours" with service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For updates on A-State events, please check the university’s official website AState.edu or social media feeds, Facebook.com/ArkansasState or @ArkansasState on Twitter.

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Proposed Timeline:

  • Fall 2016
    • Complete first draft of Self-Study, sections I, II, and IV
    • Identify any needed changes in curriculum, facilities, equipment, etc.
  • Spring 2017
    • Address any needed changes identified above
    • Edit draft of Self-Study, sections I, II, and IV
    • Complete first draft of Self-Study, section III
  • Fall 2017
    • Submit Self-Study to administration for feedback
    • Follow up on changes in progress
    • Further editing of Self-Study
  • Spring 2018
    • Final Edit of Self-Study
    • Submit to Visitors and to NASM at least four weeks prior visit
    • Visit (exact dates not yet scheduled)
  • Fall 2018
    • Receive Visitors' Report
    • Prepare Optional Response
  • Spring or Summer 2019
    • Receive Notice of Commission on Accreditation Action
  • Fall 2019 and beyond
    • Follow up on any requests for further information related to deferrals
  • 2027-28
    • Next NASM Visit

NASM Handbook

From the Procedures for the Self-Study Document, page A-6:

The Handbook contains Standards, Guidelines, Benchmarks, Norms, Recommendations, and the like. Each institution must demonstrate compliance with all applicable standards in the Handbook, which are indicated by words such as “must,” “shall,” “standard,” and/or “essential competency.” Attention to Guidelines, Benchmarks, Norms, and Recommendations is required. Helpful information regarding language use and interpretation may be found in the NASM Handbook (Standards and Guidelines for Accredited Institutional Membership, III.). Handbook users should be aware of these important distinctions.

Note that there can be slight changes in the standards each fall during the annual meeting. We will be responsible for the standards that are implemented in the fall of 2016 and 2017.