The establishment of the IEC is directly tied to the university’s efforts for reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. Integrated planning—or aligning strategic planning with continuous improvement efforts and resource allocation—is a Higher Learning Commission expectation under Criterion 5: Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness.
The work of the IEC will lead faculty, staff, students and other university stakeholders to a shared understanding of the university’s mission, values, and identity. This initiative also will help build community and trust through documentation and transparency for all planning, resource allocation, and continuous improvement processes. Ultimately, the initiative will ensure a strong, effective future for UA Little Rock by facilitating sustainable, systematic, and data-informed processes for integrating planning, budgeting and improvement.