Two years of research, writing and preparation came to a close this week when the University of Arkansas at Monticello was re-accredited for 10 years by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Chancellor Jack Lassiter received official notification of the re-accreditation from the NCA’s Higher Learning Commission. UAM will not be evaluated again by the NCA until the 2014-2015 academic year.
“Obviously I am extremely pleased that the Higher Learning Commission has taken formal action on the continued accreditation of the institution,” Lassiter said. “This is a reflection on the entire university community and their efforts that have resulted in this positive report and evaluation.”
UAM was visited by a four-member North Central accreditation team Oct. 4-6. Team Chairman Thomas Flickema, president of Black Hills State University, Esther G. Fahm, professor of food and nutrition at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Scott R. Olson, vice president for academic affairs at Minnesota State University-Mankato, and Elizabeth Sullivan, vice president of administration for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, met with faculty, students, administrators and staff.
The team also reviewed the institution’s self-study report, which is a major part of the accreditation process and examines all facets of the university’s academic and student life components. Kate Stewart, professor of English, and Marsha Clayton, professor of business administration, served as co-chairs of the committee that produced the self-study.
“I especially want to recognize the leadership of Dr. Stewart and Dr. Clayton in the preparation of our self-study,” Lassiter said. “Their efforts and direction were the basis of this report and the excellent evaluation visit.”
“I look at this as a very positive experience,” Ray said. “A process like this gives us a chance to examine our strengths and our weaknesses and build for the future. It’s important to know what we’re doing well and where we have opportunities to improve.”
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