Front row left to right: Laury Fiorello (Assistant Manager of Fiscal Affairs), Brenda Shoop (Assessment Coordinator), Kathy Bartlett (Administrative Specialist)


Back row left to right: Richard Harris (Chief Student Officer), Bruce Sikes (Chancellor), Dr. James Crisp (HVAC Excellence); Bruce Nelson, CMHE (HVAC Excellence), Justin Smith (Chief Business and Community Outreach Officer), Kenny Beeler (Faculty, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)



Arkansas Tech University in Ozark, Arkansas has been granted accreditation of their Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration “HVACR” program by HVAC Excellence.


Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is the regional provider for technical and career education, offering more than 25 programs with a variety of industry specific options, as well as certificates of proficiency, technical certificates, associate degrees and general education coursework.


Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus understands that HVACR is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. They wanted to validate that their HVACR program had the resources necessary to prepare graduates for this trade that cannot be outsourced or automated.  To do this, they pursued programmatic accreditation of their HVACR program.


Programmatic accreditation is an independent third party review of an educational program. The process validates that established standards of excellence for HVACR educational programs are met. These standards are designed to ensure that our future workforce receives the quality of training required to provide the skills necessary for success in the HVACR industry.

In order to pursue accreditation the staff at the school had to submit a self-study filled with narratives and examples of how they complied with each of the required standards. The self- study once completed was sent to the HVAC Excellence accreditation review board to thoroughly assess for compliance against each standard.

HVAC Excellence having approved the self study sent an onsite team to conduct an intense onsite review of the program. The onsite team consist of two members, one who has served as an HVACR instructor, the other as a school administrator. These onsite team members are seasoned professionals that possess the knowledge, training and experience to successfully evaluate every aspect of an HVACR program.


Upon a thorough review of all of the documentation presented by the school and the onsite accreditation team, the HVAC Excellence accreditation review board decided to grant accreditation of the program.


Now that the HVACR program has been granted accreditation it can: provide students with quality assurance of the program, provide employers assurance that graduates are properly trained, can assist in establishing articulation agreements, is an eligibility determinant for funding, can increase enrollment, student placement and employer satisfaction is enhanced, requires faculty participation in self-study and annual reporting, can assist students in the acceptability of transfer credits, creates goals for self-improvement, can lead to advanced placement opportunities.


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