TSU in Good Standing With Accrediting Agency; Fisk Gets Year's Probation

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Fisk University's accreditation was reaffirmed, but they were placed on a year of probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools this morning.

Also, Tennessee State University is now in good accreditation standing, the SACS Commission on Colleges voted at its annual meeting in Orlando.

Both Nashville universities were placed on a “warning” — a sanction less severe than probation — by SACS in December 2010 and given a year to improve.

“Tennessee State was removed from warning. ...The board had the option of dropping (Fisk) or putting them on probation if they could demonstrate they were getting better,” said Belle Wheelan, president of SACS. “The folks at Tennessee State took compliance with the principles seriously and worked hard to remove the cloud of doubt.

“The folks at Fisk are working hard. Showing good cause is not an easy thing to do.”

Accreditation means access to federal student loans and an academic stamp of approval.

Fisk faced problems with finances and qualified administrators. TSU had issues with institutional effectiveness and use of data to improve its programs.

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