The University of Central Arkansas is a member of and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as a bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s, and doctoral degree granting institution.
The master’s (MBA and MAcc) and baccalaureate degrees in business administration (BBA) are accredited by AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE) accredits the teacher education program at the initial teacher preparation and advanced levels. The following education programs have received national recognition from their specialized professional associations as part of the CAEP review requirements: Early Childhood – National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); Special Education – Council for Exceptional Children (CEC); Middle-Level Education – Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE); English Education – National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE); Mathematics Education – National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM); Science Education – National Science Teachers Association (NSTA); Social Studies Education – National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS); Library Media Science – American Association of School Librarians (AASL); School Leadership – Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC); and Reading – International Reading Association (IRA). The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredits the university’s Child Study Center.
The baccalaureate degree program in athletic training is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The graduate dietetics internship program and the undergraduate didactic program in dietetics are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. The baccalaureate program in interior design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. The master’s and baccalaureate programs in nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The master’s degree program in occupational therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. The physical therapist education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, and the Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency for physical therapists in pediatrics. The tracks in the doctoral program in psychology – counseling psychology and school psychology – are both accredited by the American Psychological Association, and the master’s program in school psychology is accredited by the National Association of School Psychology. The master’s degree program in communication sciences and disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
The following baccalaureate programs are accredited in affiliated professional education programs: medical technology (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences), radiography (Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology), and nuclear medicine technology (Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology).
The University of Central Arkansas is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (programs: Art, Studio Art, and Interior Design), the National Association of Schools of Music (program: Music), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (program: Theatre).
The baccalaureate degree in chemistry is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. The baccalaureate degree in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.
The University of Central Arkansas’ concurrent enrollment program is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships.
Documentation of accreditation status is available in the Office of the Provost.
Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission:
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Page updated: June 1, 2016