Our Lady Of Holy Cross College Response In Trustees Firing Is Expected Within A Month

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After the president of Our Lady of Holy Cross College was fired and all 19 trustees sacked in August, officials at the Algiers campus were given until Friday to present their side of the story to the agency that accredits the school. They met that deadline with days to spare, but agency President Belle Wheelan said her organization has no plans to make the information public.

Because the dismissal of the Rev. Anthony DeConciliis and the trustees were made without warning and with no stated reason, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, a private organization that accredits schools in 11 states, has to decide whether it needs more information to determine whether the school violated commission criteria.

The agency should reach a decision within a month, Wheelan said.

Fifteen new trustees were named for the college on Monday.

Accreditation, which indicates that a school's academic standing is sound, is required for participation in federal and state financial-aid programs, for acceptance and transfer for course credits, and for admission to postgraduate work.

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