North Arkansas College Seeks Public Comments

Wed Dec 5, 2018 at 08:07 AM

North Arkansas College will undergo a Comprehensive Quality Review Visit on February 11 & 12, 2019, by a team representing the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) of The Higher Learning Commission. Northark has been accredited by the Commission since 1979.

Founded in 1895, The Higher Learning Commission is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. Accreditation is voluntary but provides for financial aid for students and standards for course transfer. The Commission accredits approximately 1100 institutions of higher education in a nineteen state region. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Northark was the first public institution in Arkansas to adopt AQIP as its method of accreditation. Since 2005, the College has been engaged in a process of continuous quality improvement that also address the Higher Learning Commission's criteria for accreditation as well as improving Northark’s service to its students, staff, and community. The Comprehensive Quality Review team will visit the institution to gather evidence that Northark is meeting the criteria for accreditation and provide consultation on quality improvement.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college to the following mailing address:

Third-Party Public Comment on North Arkansas College

The Higher Learning Commission

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

Chicago, IL 60604-1411

Comments may also be submitted online at

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by January 10, 2019. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered. Comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments will not be treated as confidential.

An individual with a specific dispute or grievance with an institution should see HLC’s separate process for complaints.  HLC cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals, whether faculty, students or others. Complaints will not be considered as comments.

North Arkansas College is committed to providing an educational and work environment for its students, faculty, and staff that is free from sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence. No form of sexual discrimination will be tolerated. See the full North Arkansas College Title IX Policy and Procedures for the specific definitions of sexual harassment and sexual violence, including examples of such conduct.