Preparing for the accreditation visit

Will Whiting
Managing Editor

   The University of Arkansas – Monticello will serve host to a team of inspectors from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement as part of the university’s drive to have all aspects of the campus fully re-accredited.

   As it is commonly referred to, North Central is one of the primary agencies that  provides re-accreditation to college campuses and schools nationwide. The agency conducts inspections at most institutions of higher education every 10 years, as is the case with UAM.

   According to Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs David Ray, UAM actually began working towards this process months ago. He said he believes the university will fare very well when the inspection report is complete.

   “I think we have really done a great job preparing for it,” Ray said. “We are very pleased about having the team on campus.”

   The preparation work included the formation of several university committees’ to conduct a self study of the entire campus. The committee’s inspected all aspects of the campus from academic programs to student affairs. Upon completion of the study, the team received a copy to review prior to arriving on campus.

   “North Central received a copy of our findings one month ago,” Ray said. “When they arrive, they will have full access to all university documents.”

   According to Ray, if the university meets the associations requirements, academic programs and all other areas which are examined will be reaccredited for another 10 years.

      The team will consist of individuals from across the nation. The evaluation will take place Oct. 4-6. The NCA will have an open meeting with students on Monday, Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m. in the Spencer Gallery.  All students are welcome to come and add their thoughts.

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