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Out-of-State Institutions

Institutional Certification Advisory Committee (ICAC)

The Arkansas Legislature granted authority to the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (AHECB) to provide for the orderly development of higher education and to protect Arkansas students from fraudulent or inferior programs and to certify college-level programs offered by non-public for-profit and out-of-state institutions.

The legislation authorized the Coordinating Board to appoint a nine-member advisory committee, the Institutional Certification Advisory Committee (ICAC), to assist the ICAC Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) staff, and the Coordinating Board in the development of certification rules and the review of applications submitted by out-of-state and non-public institutions for certification.

For questions about institutional certification, please contact the ICAC Coordinator.

Helpful Information

Institutional Certification Process
Academic Proposal Submission Deadlines
Certification Fees and Surety Bonds
Institutions Authorized to Operate in Arkansas
Diploma Mills and Fake Degrees

Appendices

Appendix A: Organization and Structure
Appendix B: Arkansas Code
Appendix C: Types of Reviews
Appendix D: Licensure and Approval by Other Agencies
Appendix E: Timeline
Appendix F: Fees and Surety Bonds
Appendix G: Description of Degree Requirements
Appendix H: Credit Hour Value and Length of Term
Appendix I: General Education Requirements for Arkansas
Appendix J: Student Grievance Procedure
    • Student Grievence Web Form
Appendix K: Review Team and Review Team Visit
Appendix L: Appeal Process for Institutions
Appendix M: Definitions
Appendix N: Arkansas Public and Independent Colleges and Universities
 

Forms

Form 1: Letter of Notification | Intent to Submit Proposals
Form 2: Letter of Notification | Submission of Changes
Form 3: Institution Information for All Applications | Program Review Template
Form 4: Application for Certification of Course/Degree Program | On-Site Template
Form 5: Application for Certification of Course/Degree Program | Distance Delivery Template
Form 6: Application for Recertification
Form 8: Application for Decertification of Course/Degree Program and /or Institution
Form 9: Application for Certification of a New Institution: Planning and Development | On-Site Delivery
Form 10: Application for Certification of a New Institution: Planning and Development | Distance Delivery
Form 10-E: Application for Certification of an Institution: Planning and Development for Academic Degrees
Form 11: Application for Certification of New Options, Specialization, or Emphasis Template Exceeding 18 Semester Credit Hours (27 Credit Quarter Credit Hours)
Form 12: Administrator Chart
Form 13: Faculty Chart
Form 14: Class to Credit Hours Conversion Sheet
Form 15: Bond and Annual Tuition Report
Form 16: Consumer Disclosure
Form 17A: Request for Exemption from Certification
Form 17B: Request for Exemption from Certification
Form 18A: Request for Renewal from Exemption from Certification
Form 18B: Request for Renewal from Exemption from Certification
Form 19: Letter of Appeal for Institutions
 
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