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Accrediting agency gives U. Va. warning

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        According to published reports, the University of Virginia has been taken to task by an accrediting agency for the attempted ouster of President Teresa A Sullivan last June.

        Citing a university-wide email it had obtained, The Washington Post reported that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges will place U.Va. “on warning” for one year and a SACSCOC-team will visit the university in early 2013.

        The SACSCOC Board of Trustees determined that the University was not in compliance with a core board governance requirement and faculty role in governance standard of the organization’s principles of accreditation.

        “While the decision is disappointing, the University of Virginia pledges to work diligently to address the concerns cited by the commission,” John D. Simon, U. Va.’s executive vice president and provost, said in the email.  “For the past several months and in the spirit of continuous improvement, the Board of Visitors and University leadership have been proactively working together to review governance practices and policies to ensure the highest level of transparency, accountability and responsiveness to all those it serves.”

        According to SACSCOC, “an institution may be placed on Warning or Probation for noncompliance with any of the Core Requirements or significant noncompliance with the Comprehensive Standards. Additionally, an institution may be placed on Warning for failure to make timely and significant progress toward correcting the deficiencies that led to the finding of noncompliance with any of the Principles of Accreditation. An institution may also be placed on Warning for failure to comply with Commission policies and procedures, including failure to provide requested information in a timely manner. The maximum total time during one monitoring period that an institution may be on Warning is two years.”

      The controversy arose after members of U.Va’s Board of Visitors attempted to force Sullivan to resign in early June. She was reinstated later in the month after protests by university, faculty and financial donors.


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