South Carolina State University is being placed on a 12-month warning by its accrediting agency, but President Thomas Elzey says he’s “extraordinarily confident that we will be able to address these concerns.”
Elzey, who took office on Monday, said the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools notified him about the warning by phone Thursday, but has not yet given him information about specific violations or what steps the university will have to take to remove the warning.
“There are two core standards that we have fallen short on: the goal of the governing board and financial resources,” he said.
Elzey said he wanted to assure students that their education is not at risk because of the warning.
“We want to be very, very clear,” he said. “This will not affect anyone’s degree ... program or threaten this university’s standing.”
SACS does not take away accreditation without following a process, he said. The warning is part of the process, and he will fully follow every step.
“As I understand it, during the 12 months they will be monitoring us and they will ask us to respond to some specific deficiencies in the materials that were sent to them,” he said.
Communication between SACS and the university has been ongoing since April, when SACS requested information about various issues including the university’s financial base and history, the board’s policy on conflicts of interest for members and governance issues.
Post by marchingband1969 on Jun 22, 2013 15:59:59 GMT -5
This isn't a good sign. Just like the panic when a bank is having financial problems, there will be some parents that will rethink their decision to send their kids to SCSU. And for every student that changes their mind and doesn't attend SCSU, there's one less tuition dollar. Let's hope the SCSU administration moves boldly and quickly to get ahead of this issue. SCSU is a proud HBCU with a proud history and I'd hate to see them fail. This is one Aggie Bulldog that is rooting today for the SC Bulldog.