AHECB to consider changes to institutional, program certification policy Oct. 26 



Brandi Hinkle, Communications Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Higher Education

AHECB to consider changes to institutional, program certification policy Oct. 26

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board will consider an amendment to its policy on institutional and program certification (AHECB Policy 5.2) at its regular quarterly meeting on Friday, Oct. 26 on the Heber Springs campus of Arkansas State University. A 30-day public comment period begins Sept. 26, and the Coordinating Board will hold a public hearing during the meeting Oct. 26 beginning at 10 a.m. 

The proposed policy amendment incorporates recent legislation (Act 205 of 2011) related to institutional accreditation, accrediting agencies, and false academic credentials; clarifies existing Institutional Certification Advisory Committee rules and processes; and recognizes state and national certification activities and practices.

Information on the proposed rules may be obtained from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, 114 E. Capitol Ave., Little Rock, Ark. 72201.

The ADHE is responsible for carrying out the policy directives of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (AHECB), approving and reviewing college and university academic programs and developing funding recommendations for the state’s 11 public universities and 22 public two-year colleges as well as several other post-secondary entities. In addition, the agency is responsible for distributing approximately $170 million annually from state revenues and lottery funds intended to ease the financial burden of students seeking an education beyond high school.

For more information, call (501) 371-2030, visit www.adhe.edu or email communications@adhe.edu.