img_0541LITTLE ROCK, AR – On November 3, 2016, during a meeting The Board of Directors of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) removed the Show-Cause Order from Arkansas Baptist College. In the fall of 2015, HLC placed Arkansas Baptist College on the Show-Cause Order due to alleged financial and administrative oversights. The Board determined that the College is now in compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation and Core Components, although it will remain subject to interim monitoring a year from now.

Dr. Joseph L. Jones, who was recently appointed the 14th President of the College in September, is excited by the Board’s decision. “I was pleased to receive the notification this afternoon regarding HLC’s decision to remove the Show-Cause Order from our Institution. The Commission has performed its due diligence and has concluded that Arkansas Baptist College has met all of the Criteria for Accreditation including Assumed Practices and Federal Compliance. Although this past year has been taxing for the campus, we were always confident that we were in compliance with all HLC accreditation standards. Now that this process has come to a close, we look forward to getting back to the business of providing our students a quality education and collegiate experience,” said Jones.

The Board also placed the College on the Standard Pathway and required that it host its next comprehensive evaluation for Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2020-21.

About Arkansas Baptist College

Arkansas Baptist College is an urban Historically Black College located in the historic Little Rock Central High District. It also neighbors the Wright Avenue District and the famous Paul Lawrence Dunbar Junior High School. The College is the only Baptist affiliated Historically Black College west of the Mississippi River and has a student population close to one thousand from all across the United States. Founded in 1884 as the Minister’s Institute, the College continues to be supported by the Consolidated Missionary Baptist State Convention. The mission of the College is to “prepare students for a life of service grounded in academic scholarship, the liberal arts tradition, social responsibility, Christian development and preparation for employment in a global community.”

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