HLC Accreditation Reaffirmed for University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Pine Bluff, AR (March 10, 2017) –– The Institutional Action Council (IAC) of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has continued the accredited status for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) for a 10-year period that runs through 2027. The re-affirmation of UAPB’s accreditation follows submission of an extensive assurance argument and campus visit from peer reviewers.

“I’d like to commend the entire university for doing a magnificent job in demonstrating the great quality of our academic programs and the notable achievements in collectively fulfilling our mission,” said UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander.

“The reaffirmation of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s accreditation status with the Higher Learning Commission is testimony to the quality and direction of educational opportunities UAPB students enjoy,” said Dr. Jacquelyn McCray, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. “The university is growing in numbers and stature and the very positive reaffirmation documents the commitment and effort of university faculty, staff, and students to pursue academic excellence in all endeavors.”

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff first received accreditation in 1950 and has been continuously accredited as a four-year institution since that time.

“Approximately 100 faculty, staff, administrators, students and other university constituents worked as a team, which did excellent work articulating the institutional academic strength, values, and devotion to high quality of education for its students,” said Dr. George Herts, Dean of the School of Education, Dean of the Division of Continuing Studies and Graduate Education, and HLC Accreditation Liaison. “As we examined ourselves, there was confirmation that UAPB provides to its students excellence in teaching and learning, and is an exceptional place for students to study and interact with faculty and peers.”

HLC accreditation assures quality by verifying that an institution (1) meets standards and (2) is engaged in continuous improvement. Colleges and universities use an accreditation process to evaluate their educational programs for continuous quality. Once accreditation is granted, or in UAPB’s case, reaffirmed, it assures students and prospective students that an institution’s academic programs meet nationally recognized standards.

For more information about the reaffirmation status of UAPB, visit higherlearningcommission.org.

Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.