A year after being warned it could lose a vital accreditation needed to receive federal grants, Southern University in Baton Rouge announced Friday that it addressed all of the concerns and has been removed from the list of sanctioned schools.
“This is great news for not only the institution and students, but for our alumni and other supporters,” said Ray L. Belton, Southern University System president-chancellor. “Our team of dedicated faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that we demonstrated compliance with the principles of accreditation so that we are able to continue fulfilling our mission of providing a high-quality educational experience.”
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges placed Southern University on a warning list last June, citing missed benchmarks related to faculty, student achievement, "institutional effectiveness" and student complaints.
The warning list is the lightest of three possible penalties issued by the board. SACS can also place schools on probation or revoke accreditation entirely.
Since being placed on the warning list, Southern University developed a strategic plan to outline a strategy for improvements.
SACS is one of the six major accrediting bodies in the U.S. for higher education institutions.
SACS didn’t publicly detail the problems that landed Southern on the warning list, and university officials have declined to discuss the specifics.
Southern University was warned last week that it could lose its accreditation that is required for the school to offer degrees and receive fed…
Without accreditation, universities cannot dispense federal financial assistance, such as Pell Grants, which provide student aid to low-income students.
Just as the Baton Rouge campus received notice that it was restored to its good graces with SACS, Southern University in New Orleans was placed on the same warning list.
At the SACS board meeting earlier this month, SUNO was given a one-year warning. SUNO failed to demonstrate compliance with financial responsibility and its governing board requirements.
"They are working toward getting that warning lifted now," said Janene Tate, a Southern University System spokeswoman.
Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe was also flagged at the same SACS board meeting and placed on a probationary status for persisting issues with student outcomes, educational programs and financial responsibility, according to the SACS report.