LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- The University of Louisville was informed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) that its accreditation is being maintained, but it will be placed on a one-year probation with the potential extension of an additional year.
The probation is based on issues with SACSCOC Core Requirement 2.2 on Board of Trustee membership and standards related to selection and evaluation of the university president, outside influence, and Board of Trustee discharge.
“It is important to note that the commission’s decision does not reflect on the quality of our curriculum or our core academic strengths,” UofL Acting President Neville Pinto said. “It is focused entirely on issues related to governance of the institution. Probationary status will have no impact on degrees, federal funding for student financial aid or research grants awarded to faculty.”
SACSCOC will release details from the commission regarding their findings around Core Requirement 2.2 in early 2017. UofL will then have the chance to gather and present information to make changes that will bring the university into compliance. A special visiting committee appointed by the commission will review the written report submitted by UofL prior to a visit tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2017. The committee will come to UofL to corroborate information provided in the written report.
UofL was in the middle of the reaffirmation of its accreditation. A planned April visit by the commission was postponed. A new reaffirmation visit will be determined upon completion of the probationary period.
“It should be emphasized that the University of Louisville still is an accredited institution,” Pinto said. “We have strong academic and research programs and a great track record of demonstrating compliance in all areas of review by SACS. We will do all in our power to address the concerns that have been raised.”
The following is a statement from Governor Matt Bevin's Director of Communications:
“UofL’s accreditation is not at risk, nor will it ever be at risk because of any action taken by Gov. Bevin. Anyone who argues otherwise does not have UofL’s best interest at heart.”
The following is a statement from Attorney General Andy Beshear:
“In his pursuit of absolute authority, Gov. Bevin has inflicted great and substantial harm to one of our public universities. My office, U of L faculty, a circuit judge and even the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools advised the governor about the serious ramifications that could result from his reckless actions. Indeed, on Aug. 18, SACS specifically told U of L that the governor’s actions and executive orders appeared to move the university ‘out of compliance.’ The violations outlined in that letter by SACS are the very same standards and violations included in U of L’s announcement today. The governor has dug a very big hole and has only one choice – rescind his executive order, dismiss his appeal and announce he will not support legislation that would impact the university’s governance. Otherwise, he will bury the University of Louisville in that hole.”