History of Institutional Accreditation
Southeast Arkansas College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The 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
Accreditation 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 Community 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, Online Learning Consortium, Moodle by eThink, National Association of College and University Business Officers, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, National Council of Instructional Administrators, National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Council for Occupational Education, National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, National Council on Student Development, National League for Nursing, National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, and Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)
Southeast Arkansas College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). 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. 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.
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