Committees

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is the accrediting body for UA Little Rock. Accreditation follows a 10-year cycle and the university’s most recent accreditation review was conducted in 2009. In preparation for the upcoming 2019-2020 accreditation process, five committees have been created to ensure we are exceeding and/or meeting HLC standards.

HLC Assurance Argument Steering Team

Name Role and Representation
Velmer Burton Provost, Ex-Officio Chair
Erin Finzer Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs-Continuous Improvement, Chair
Brian Berry Faculty Co-Chair, HLC Accreditation
Cody Decker HLC QI Co-Chair
Mia Phillips Convener, Federal Compliance, Sub-Group
Christina Drale Convener, Sub-Committee on Criteria 1, 2, and 5
Andrew Wright Faculty Senate President
Mariam Bouzihay SGA Representative
Judy Williams Office of Communications Representative
Richard Harper Staff Senate President
Sharon Downs Assistant Vice Provost of Student Affairs
John Rathje Associate Vice Chancellor/Chief Information Officer
Steve McClellan Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

HLC Federal Compliance Sub-Committee

Name Role and Representation
Mia Phillips Convener, Federal Compliance Sub-Group
Erin Finzer Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs-Continuous Improvement
Brian Berry Faculty Co-Chair, HLC Accreditation
Carlia Smith Director of Financial Aid
Daryl Rice Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success
Sharon Downs Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs – Inclusion
and Wellness
Malissa Mathis Registrar
David Montague Interim Director of eLearning
Katie Young Admissions and Recruitment
Terri Beiner Faculty Representative
Vince Rodgers Environmental Health and Safety
Darrell Morrison AVC Finance
Crystal Hunnicut Research Compliance Officer

HLC Criteria 1, 2, and 5 Sub-Committee

Name Role and Representation
Christina Drale Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs,
Faculty
Development, and Administration
Erin Finzer Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs-Continuous Improvement
Brian Berry Faculty Co-Chair, HLC Accreditation
Allen Stanley Finance and Administration
Lawrence Whitman Dean, College of Engineering and Information
Technology, Academic Dean Representative
Judy Williams Office of Communications Representative
Ophelia Dedner Human Resources Representative
Sharon Downs Assistant Vice Provost of Student Affairs
Jim Vander Putten Faculty Representative
Mary Parker Faculty Representative
Precious Scott Undergraduate Student Representative
Dominique Thomas Graduate Student Representative

HLC Criteria 3 and 4 Sub-Committee

Name Role and Representation
Erin Finzer Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs-Continuous Improvement, Chair
Brian Berry Faculty Co-Chair, HLC Accreditation
Christina Drale Associate Vice Chancellor; Convener of Criteria 1,2 & 5
Sub-Committee
Cody Decker Director, Office of Institutional Research
Sharon Downs Assistant Vice Provost of Student Affairs
Susie Cox Chair, Department of Management
Belinda Blevins-Knabe Faculty Representative
Joe Giammo Interim Director, School of Public Affairs
Linda Stauffer Faculty Representative
Ann Bain Dean, College of Education and Health Professions,
Academic Dean Representative
Brian Keitch Information Technology Services Representative

Accreditation Compliance Task Force

This committee has been charged with proposing solutions to accreditation issues identified by the Steering Team.

Name Role and Representation
Angela Hunter Chair
Michael D’Angelis  Faculty Representative
Sloan Davidson  Faculty Representative
Laura McClellan  Staff Representative
Emily Bell  Staff Representative
Erin Finzer  ex-officio
Brian Berry  ex-officio