In 2010, Southern Arkansas University ratified our long-standing commitment to continuous quality improvement (CQI) in higher education by adopting the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) model of accreditation. The AQIP program was a quality-based, continuous improvement model of accreditation provided by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The pathway is being sunset and SAU has moved to the HLC’s Open Pathway. The University continues its commitment to CQI on the Open Pathway.
Southern Arkansas University has maintained its accreditation by The Higher Learning Commission since 1929, completing our last comprehensive evaluation in 2013. In 2017, SAU completed a Systems Portfolio and received its Systems Appraisal. Following the Systems Appraisal, the University has transitioned to the Open Pathway and maintains on-going continuous improvement initiatives that infuse the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of the University and its colleges.
Within the Continuous Quality Improvement site, you will find SAU’s mission statement, goals and objectives, AQIP Systems Portfolios, and the processes and people that are working together to promote our culture of continuous quality improvement. As the University works through the these processes, input is solicited from all stakeholders. If you have any questions or comments regarding these reports, please contact Dr. David Lanoue, Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.