School Name

Basic Academic Services

Department Name

Quality Initiative

Left Callouts

Speakers of the 2014-2015 Academic School Year:

Mr. John Proctor
Author, Poet, Minister
"The Importance of Mentorship"

Mr. Reginald Cole, Sr.
Business Owner, Minister, Persian Gulf War Veteran
"Shadowing a Professional"

Mr. Jason Smedley
Founder of National Association of Black Men United
"Empowering Males of Color to Graduate College"

Dr. Laurence B. Alexander
Chancellor, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff
"Students Engaged in and Committed to Academic Excellence"

Main Content


The purpose of the quality initiative is to increase the persistence (retention), graduation, and career and post-baccalaureate placements of African-American male students by engaging them in the types of co-curricular and leadership activities that lead to academic success and timely graduation. Data show that the African-American male student is at high risk, in terms of low retention and graduation rates, as compared to other population groups (Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 2006). The purpose is closely tied to the overall mission of the University which has a rich history of providing educational opportunities to persons from disadvantaged, cultural and diverse academic backgrounds.


The goal is to get African-American male students actively involved in co-Curricular activities that promote leadership skills in order to increase persistence, graduation, and post-baccalaureate placements. Seven specific ROARING goals for each student are:

  • Retention,
  • Organizational skills,
  • Academic proficiency,
  • Responsibility,
  • Intellectual thinking skills,
  • Networking for success,
  • Goal setting.


- To promote participation in monthly seminars and annual professional conferences.
- To participate in club activities.
- To attend Career Services seminars and workshops.
- To participate in all events of Student Counseling, Assessment and Development.
- To participate in mentorship opportunities.
- To participate in co-curricular activities for students.
- To become involved in service learning projects.
- To involve interested students in the Travel-to-Study Opportunities.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mary Brentley via phone: (870) 575-8341 or email:

Quality Initiative Report 2016

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) is pleased to announce that its Quality Initiative (QI) Report was approved by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) on July 7, 2016. The UAPB QI Report to the HLC includes accomplishments and other pertinent data for academic years 2014-15 and 2015-16. 
The Quality Initiative is a component of the Higher Learning Commission's reaffirmation for accreditation. The QI gives UAPB the independence to pursue a project that is geared toward improving and impacting change in the success of its students. The HLC has three pathways for reaffirmation of accreditation which are the Standard, Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) and the Open. Institutions without any conditions may choose any of the three pathways, UAPB selected the Open Pathway. Institutions with one or more conditions identified by HLC will be placed in the Standard Pathway.