UAMS Seeks Public Comments on Accreditation

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LITTLE ROCK – Written public comments about the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) are being invited as part of the institution’s effort to become re-accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Public comments must address the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be sent to the Higher Learning Commission by March 9. The comments will be reviewed prior to an April 2–4 evaluation visit by representatives of the Higher Learning Commission. The team will make recommendations to the commission, which will decide whether to accredit the university for another 10-year period.


Comments should include the writer’s name, address and telephone number, and the comments will not be treated as confidential.


The Higher Learning Commission is one of six accreditation agencies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. The Commission accredits about 1,100 institutions of higher education in a 19-stage region and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


Written comments may be sent to:

Public Comment on the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

The Higher Learning Commission

30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400

Chicago, IL 60602



UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,430 students and 715 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,400 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. For more information, visit