A process that began three years ago was completed this week with the formal announcement that the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s accreditation status with the Higher Learning Commission will be continued through 2025.

Open Pathway, the accreditation process for the next HLC cycle, includes assurance reviews in years 4 and 10, a major improvement project in years 5-9, as well as annual monitoring of financial and non-financial indicators and adherence to HLC policies, according to Dr. Jimmie Yeiser, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

HLC accreditation means that the university adheres to rigorous academic standards that assure the value of all degrees granted by the institution.

“This is wonderful news,” said Interim Chancellor Jay Jones. “I commend the faculty, staff and administration for their hard work in the reaccreditation process. Accreditation is absolutely vital to the continued success of the university, and I’m not sure anyone outside of higher education understands the amount of work involved in preparing for an accreditation visit.”

Faculty and administrators began work in 2012 to prepare for a visit from an HLC accreditation team last October. That preparation included the completion of an in-depth written self-study examining all aspect of the campus.

“I want to thank, especially, the faculty for their diligence and hard work in the accreditation process,” said Yeiser. “This was a team effort on their part and I couldn’t be more pleased by the outcome.”

According to University catalogs, UAM received its first accreditation in 1928 when the North Central Association (now the HLC) recognized the institution’s junior level classes in 1928 under President Frank Horsfall when the school was known as Arkansas A&M.

Full accreditation of senior college work culminating in a bachelor’s degree was achieved April 14, 1940, under President Marvin Bankston.

Following Arkansas A&M’s merger with the University of Arkansas in 1971, President Claude Babin led the institution through an accreditation visit in 1976. InAugust 1980, UAM was accredited for five years and in 1985, received a 10-year accreditation which was renewed in 1995 and 2005.

UAM also holds accreditation for a number of individual academic programs, including teacher education (the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation), forestry and natural resources (the Society of American Foresters), music (the National Association of Schools of Music), nursing (the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing), and social work (the Council on Social Work Education).