Southern Arkansas University Tech is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413
Contact by Phone: 1-800-621-7440 or 1-312-263-0456
Fax: 1-312-263-7462

Other programs and their respective approvals and accreditations are as follows:

Cosmetology: Arkansas Department of Health

Arkansas Department of Higher Education Reporting

As an Arkansas post-secondary education public institution, SAU Tech is required by Arkansas law to submit student enrollment data to the Arkansas Department of High Education (ADHE) using the Student Information system (SIS).

SAU Tech General Education Competencies


Assessment Committee

The Southern Arkansas University Tech Assessment Committee works with the Vice Chancellor for Academics to direct the on-going assessment of student academic success and effective teaching on campus. The Assessment Committee does the following:

  • Attends regional and national workshops and conferences to increase the committee’s knowledge of assessment techniques and methods.
  • Conducts campus workshops and seminars to educate faculty about the latest assessment techniques and methods and to educate the college community about the overall purpose of assessment.
  • Drives the direction of assessment on campus by providing leadership and guidance in the development of assessment goals, objectives, and measures within the assessment plan.
  • Provides leadership for increasing faculty participation in the assessment process.
  • Reviews assessment activities at the program and discipline-level, evaluate and approve program and discipline level goals, objectives, and measures within the assessment plan which relate to assessment and recommends to the Vice Chancellor for Academics appropriate curricular changes to enhance program quality.
  • Works with the Vice Chancellor for Academics to initiate program, discipline, and classroom level assessment methodologies and measures when needed.
  • Drives the discipline and classroom level utilization of assessment data to improve student learning and ensure effective teaching.
  • Shares with the college community information regarding assessment activities and accomplishments and changes made as a result of the assessment process.

The Committee Members are as follows: Dr. Valerie Wilson, Chair; Jodi Eppinette, Division Chair & Instructor; Eddie Horton, Division Chair & Instructor; Sara Landaverde, Division Chair & Instructor; Phillip Allison, Instructor; and Phyllis Hutson, Instructor;


AQIP Facilitator Dr. Valerie Wilson, Vice Chancellor for Academics

AQIP Steering Committee
Dr. Valerie Wilson, Chair

Category 1: Helping Students Learn
Focuses on the design, deployment, and effectiveness of teaching-learning processes (and on the
processes required to support them) that underlie the institution’s credit and non-credit programs and
Team Members:
Phillip Allison
Jodi Eppinette
Eddie Horton
Phyllis Hutson
Sara Landaverde
Becky Mahaffey
Vontisha Murphy
Connie Riley
Shelley Young

Category 2: Meeting Student and Other Key Stakeholder Needs
Addresses the key processes (separate from instructional programs and internal support services)
through which the institution serves its external stakeholders in support of its mission.
Team Members:
Marcus Copeland
Jodi Eppinette
Angela Fry
Barbara Hamilton
Courtney Haygood
Lisa Holland
Karmen House
Kyra Jerry
Jenny Sanders

Category 3: Valuing Employees
Explores the institution’s commitment to the hiring, development, and evaluation of faculty, staff, and
Team Members:
James Brown
Mitzy Bynum
Olivia Clack
Paula Doss
Tammy Larkins
Gaye Manning
Letitia Rusch

Category 4: Planning and Leading
Focuses on how the institution achieves its mission and lives its vision through direction setting, goal
development, strategic actions, threat mitigation, and capitalizing on opportunities.
Team Members:
Debbie Beasley
Veronica Bush
Kimberly Coker
Jodi Eppinette
Eddie Horton
Robin Hughes
Sara Landaverde
Jason Morrison
Gaye Manning
David McLeane
Shelley Young

Category 5: Knowledge Management and Resource Stewardship
Addresses management of the fiscal, physical, technological, and information infrastructures designed to provide an environment in which learning can thrive.
Team Members:
Frances Bowen
Patrick Graham
Laura Johnson
Mike Larkins
Gaye Manning
Macon Patton
Keisha Robinson
Dale Tommey

Category 6: Quality Overview
Focuses on the continuous quality improvement culture and infrastructure of the institution. This category
gives the institution a chance to reflect on all its quality improvement initiatives, how they are integrated,
and how they contribute to improvement of the institution.
Team Members:
Phillip Allison
Barbara Hamilton
Marcus Copeland
Olivia Clack
Veronica Bush
Sara Landaverde
Dale Tommey
Valerie Wilson – lead

For more information, contact Dr. Valerie Wilson at 870.574.4514 or at