A note from the President (re: SACSCOC Accreditation)
From the desk of Acting President Neville Pinto
December 6, 2016
Dear Friends of UofL,
I write to inform you that our regional accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), has notified the university that our accreditation continues but that a one-year probationary period will be imposed immediately with a potential extension of an additional year. The probation is based on issues with SACSCOC Core Requirement 2.2 on Board of Trustee membership and underpinning standards related to selection and evaluation of the university president (Comprehensive Standard 3.2.1), external influence (Comprehensive Standard 3.2.4) and Board of Trustee dismissal (Comprehensive Standard 3.2.5).
While we are disappointed, it is important to note that this in no way reflects on the quality of our curriculum or our core academic strengths. It focuses solely on issues related to the board governance of the institution. The commission’s decision to impose probation does not affect degrees, federal funding (including financial aid available to students), or research grants awarded to faculty.
In early 2017, SACSCOC will present details from the commission regarding their findings around Core Requirement 2.2. UofL will then have the opportunity to gather and present information to make changes that will bring the university into compliance with the core requirement. 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 midst of a reaffirmation of our accreditation; a planned April visit by the commission has been postponed. A new reaffirmation visit date will be determined upon completion of the one-year probation.
The University of Louisville continues to be accredited. We are a strong institution with a great track record of demonstrating compliance in all areas of review by SACSCOC. As more details from the commission regarding the core requirement are provided we will share them with you. We have much to be proud of, and we will do all that we can to meet the challenges set forth by SACSCOC.
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