Welcome from the Commissioner

Photo of ADHE Commissioner Ken WardenThe Arkansas Division of Higher Education consists of a group of hard working and dedicated professionals seeking to maximize the success of Arkansas’s colleges and universities and the students they serve.  The agency manages the state’s scholarship and financial aid programs; recommends higher education and institutional budgets to the legislature; assures academic program quality and viability; provides professional development for faculty and staff; provides educational support to business and industry; provides institutional accountability; and promotes the importance of postsecondary education in enhancing both personal and community quality of life. Our primary goal is to support the improvement of educational attainment in the state of Arkansas in an efficient and effective way. I hope you find this website provides you with helpful information.  Feel free to email me with any questions or suggestions relating to higher education in Arkansas at  We welcome your input and are happy to respond to your questions.  

Ken Warden, Ed.D.