Our Lady Of Holy Cross College Dismissals Being Investigated By Accreditation Group

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Monday, August 22, 2011

An investigation will be launched next week to determine whether Our Lady of Holy Cross College jeopardized its accreditation when it fired its president and dismissed all 19 trustees.

The inquiry by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, which accredits schools in 11 states, is likely to zero in on whether the Catholic nuns who own the Algiers college ran afoul of two of the organization's standards.

One criterion says a school's policy-making board should be "free from undue influence from political, religious or other external bodies"; the other says board members "can be dismissed only for appropriate reasons and by a fair process."

The trustees and the Rev. Anthony DeConciliis, the college's president since August 2005, were notified Monday by email that they were being sacked. DeConciliis has not returned calls seeking comment. Several trustees have said they had been given no reason to believe they might be kicked off the board. Moreover, they said, they were given no explanation for their ouster.

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