BRTC works to prepare for Higher Learning Commission visit

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Black River Technical College has been working for a year to prepare for the visit from the Higher Learning Commission.

In 2017, the college was sanctioned by the accrediting agency because they didn't meet certain criteria.

They were put on probation and have been working ever since to meet that criteria before the visit from the HLC.

BRTC President Doctor Eric Turner said during that time college has made significant progress in meeting the criteria.

"All the concerns related to the academic piece and outcomes assessment have been accomplished," he said.  "We've got one or two other outlying pieces, particularly in our planning area that we are working on diligently."

Dr. Turner said the college will file and assurance argument with the HLC by July 1st.

He said administrators have been working and holding meeting to revise the 100 page document.

After that the HLC will do a three day site visit at BRTC in September.

"The team will look at everything," he said.  "Look at our academics, look at our planning, look at our finances, everything."

He said after that site visit a hearing will also be held in December to determine the HLC's final ruling.

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