History of Institutional Accreditation
Through Legislative Act 1244, on July 1, 1991, Pines Vocational Technical School became Pines Technical School (name changed July 8, 1998, to Southeast Arkansas College). In 1991, Southeast Arkansas College as part of the state’s higher education community and became a member of the Arkansas Community College and Technical College System. As a provision of the legislative act, all newly formed community and technical colleges were required to achieve North Central Association accreditation within 5 years.
SEARK College’s initial visit of October 1993 resulted in a recommendation of “Candidate for Accreditation”. In October 1995 the College underwent an on-site evaluation for initial accreditation. On February 23, 1996, after an extensive self-study and site visit by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC), it was determined that the College met all of the required criteria. SEARK College was then awarded full accreditation status. This accreditation status has been maintained and the last action taken by the HLC was on March 2003 reaffirming full accreditation. The next scheduled comprehensive evaluation by the HLC was scheduled for 2010-2011.
Southeast Arkansas College is accredited Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Southeast Arkansas College is also an AQIP participant. AQIP allows participating institutions to meet accreditation standards by developing and using processes which lead to continuous improvement. www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org, (312) 263-0456
Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology/ Surgical Assisting, Alliance for Community College Innovation, American Association of Community Colleges, American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers, American Technical Education Association, Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges, Arkansas Association of Women in Two-Year Colleges, Arkansas Council on Student Services, Arkansas College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, Arkansas Distance Learning Association, Arkansas Higher Education Council, Arkansas State Board of Nursing, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, ARKLink Library Consortium, Inc., Associated Industries of Arkansas Association of Community College Trustees, College and University Personnel Association, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions, Council for Opportunity in Education, Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce, Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, National Association of College and University Business Officers, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, National Council of Instructional Administrators, National Council for Occupational Education, National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, National Council on Student Development National League for Nursing, National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, Sloan Consortium®, Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, National Association for the Education of Young Children
Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)
Southeast Arkansas College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. In July 2007 the SEARK College was accepted as an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) institution. Membership in AQIP is an alternative process through which an already-accredited institution can maintain its accreditation through the HLC.
The College submitted its first Systems Portfolio to AQIP in May, 2011 and received the AQIP Systems Feedback Report in September 2011. The College hosted its Quality Checkup Visit September 19 -21, 2012. At the December 19, 2012, meeting of the Higher Learning Commission’s Institutional Actions Council (IAC), the College’s case for reaffirmation was reviewed. This follows our AQIP Quality Checkup (QC) Visit which was conducted September 19-21, 2012. Thanks to our collective efforts, the College continues to be in compliance with each of the Five (5) Criteria for Accreditation and each of their Core Components and Title IV Program responsibilities.
ACTION: “The IAC concurred with the evaluation findings and voted to continue the accreditation of Southeast Arkansas College with the next reaffirmation of accreditation in 2019-20.”
The current accreditation status and organizational profile are documented in the Statement of Affiliation Status (SAS).
As an AQIP institution, SEARK College incorporates the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into its culture and daily operations. AQIP allows the College to demonstrate that it continues to meets HLC accreditation standards and expectations through sequences of projects and events that align with those ongoing activities. This alignment characterizes organizations that continually strive to improve their performance.