Academic Quality Improvement Program

In 2010, Southern Arkansas University ratified our long-standing commitment to continuous improvement in higher education by adopting the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) model of accreditation. The AQIP program is a quality-based, continuous improvement model of accreditation promoted by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Southern Arkansas University has maintained its accreditation by The Higher Learning Commission since 1929, completing our last comprehensive evaluation in 2003. Under the AQIP model, SAU will participate in on-going continuous improvement initiatives that infuse the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of the University and its colleges. Maintaining SAU’s accreditation through the AQIP process will demonstrate the University’s commitment to providing the highest quality education to the students in our region.

Within our AQIP site, you will find SAU’s mission statement, goals and objectives, and our first AQIP Systems Portfolio. You will find information about the processes and people that are working together to promote the AQIP culture of continuous quality improvement. . As the University works through the AQIP process, we solicit input from all of our stakeholders. If you have any questions or comments regarding this report, please contact Dr. Ben Johnson, Interim Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.