University of Arkansas prepares for reaccreditation evaluation

The evaluation is set for April of 2017.
The evaluation is set for April of 2017. | shutterstock
The University of Arkansas is preparing for its 10-year reaccreditation evaluation, which will be conducted by the Higher Learning Commission.

The evaluation has been scheduled for April of next year with a peer review team set to visit the campus.

The following educational values have been deemed essential as basic and defining assumptions regarding institutions in higher education:

“A focus on student learning; education seen as a public purpose; education intended to prepare students for a diverse, technological, globally connected world; a campus culture of continuous improvement; evidence-based institutional learning and self-presentation; Integrity, transparency and ethical behavior; leadership that promotes the well-being of the institution; sustainable management of the university’s resources; mission-centered evaluation; accreditation aimed at assuring and advancing quality of the institution.”

To receive reaccreditation a university must achieve satisfactory marks in each of these categories:

“Mission: it must be clear, publicly stated, driving all programs and aimed at serving the public good; integrity: ethical and responsible conduct; teaching and learning: quality, resources and support; teaching and learning: evaluation and improvement; resources, planning and institutional effectiveness: the institution’s ability to fulfill its mission, improve and plan for the future.”

Arkansas first received accreditation in 1924.

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