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Accreditation Information

Institutional Memberships and Accreditation

The following is a list of accrediting, approving, and licensing bodies.

Institutional Memberships

  • Arkansas Association for the Assessment of Collegiate Learning (AAACL)
  • Arkansas Association for Continuing and Adult Education (AACAE) 
  • Arkansas Association of College and University Business Officers (AACUBO)
  • Arkansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (ArkACRAO)
  • Arkansas Association of Higher Education and Disability (ARK-AHEAD)
  • Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (AASFAA)
  • Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) 
  • American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
  • Arkansas Institutional Research Organization (AIRO)
  • Chamber of Commerce- De Queen/Sevier County, Little River County, City of Nashville, City of Dierks, City of Murfreesboro
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  • Learning Ally
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
  • Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)
  • National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
  • NIRSA Leaders in Collegiate Recreation
  • Open Education Network
  • Southern Association of College and University Business Officers (SACUBO)


Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604/Phone: (800) 621-7440
Accredited: May 1998
Most Recent Reaffirmation: 2019-2020
Next Reaffirmation: 2029-2030

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 510E Bethesda, MD  20814/Phone: (301) 652-AOTA
Accredited: December 2013
Reaffirmation: 2018-19
Next Reaffirmation: 2028-29

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305/Phone : (703) 706-3245
Accredited: October 2019

Approved by

  • Arkansas Association of General Contractors (AGC)
  • Arkansas Department of Workforce Education    
  • Arkansas Department of Health, Cosmetology and EMT
  • Arkansas State Board of Nursing
  • Arkansas State Department of Education
  • American Welding Society (AWS)
  • National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • National Career Center for Educational Research (NCCER)
  • State Approving Agency for Veteran’s Training

Approving Agencies

  • Arkansas Department of Higher Education
  • University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees
  • University of Arkansas Cossatot Board of Visitors

Note: Students may receive a copy for review of the UA Cossatot’s accreditations, licensure, or approvals upon written request to the Vice Chancellor of Academics.

The links below provide access to detailed accreditation information.

  • Special facilities and services available to disabled students - All UA Cossatot facilities are ADA compliant. Reasonable academic and service accommodations will be made upon request to UA Cossatot's Disabilities Counselor.
  • Federal education loans -UA Cossatot does not participate in any federal student loan programs
  • Study abroad programs -UA Cossatot does not participate in any study abroad programs

State Authorization

Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas has been approved by the State of Arkansas to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary education.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) establishes a state-level reciprocity process that will support the nation in its efforts to increase the educational attainment of its people by making state authorization:

  • more efficient, effective, and uniform in regard to necessary and reasonable standards of practice that could span states;
  • more effective in dealing with quality and integrity issues that have arisen in some online/ distance education offerings; and
  • less costly for states and institutions and, thereby, the students they serve. 

Distance learning students from out of state should attempt to resolve any issues or complaints with UA Cossatot first. Procedures for filing a complaint can be found HERE (link here However, if an issue cannot be resolved internally, you may file a complaint about Edison State Community College with your state by referring to the list of State Agencies in compliance with federal Department of Education regulations. You may also contact our accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission.

Additional NC-SARA Complaint information can be found here. NC-SARA Physical Presence information can be found by clicking here. NC-SARA Field Experiences information can be located here. To learn more about NC-SARA, click here.

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NOTE  California is the only state that has not joined SARA

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