Committed to Improvement
Letter from BRTC President Dr. Eric Turner
The Higher Learning Commission recently notified Black River Technical College that it has placed the college on probation. This probationary status indicates the college is not in compliance with one or more of the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.
While on probation, Black River Technical College remains fully-accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and, as an accredited college, the college’s ability to offer financial aid to students and course transfer is not affected.
The HLC action provides the college with approximately two years to demonstrate that it has taken action to remedy issues leading up to the sanction. The HLC enacted the probationary sanction because of concerns related to student outcomes assessment, faculty governance, and planning.
For many years, developing a comprehensive student learning outcomes assessment plan has been a significant challenge for Black River. During the past two years, the college has made significant progress towards ameliorating the noted concerns of the HLC.
New faculty leadership, outcomes assessment committee restructuring, and the recent adoption of a new strategic plan all contribute to our rapid progress. Every noted concern has either been resolved or is on target to be resolved within the two-year timeline allotted by the Higher Learning Commission.
Black River has been accredited with the Chicago-based HLC since 1994.
Accreditation is a continuing process for any school. This step in Black River’s process will help the college grow and assist in formulating a solid student learning outcomes assessment plan. We will accomplish this goal because of the quality of our curriculum, our able and dedicated faculty and staff, and the strong support of our alumni, friends, and the surrounding community.
Black River Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Its programs have been approved by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and by the State Board of Vocational Education. Nine of the college’s programs are also accredited by different agencies, as reflected in the program descriptions.