Virginia State University accreditation “reaffirmed” after months of “warning” status


ETTRICK, VA (WWBT) – Virginia State University has had its accreditation status “reaffirmed” by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges after spending months under academic warning as it strives to meet standards.

On Thursday, Ettrick University announced that SACSCOC had voted to remove VSU from warning status and reaffirmed the university’s regional accreditation.

In December 2015, SACSCOC extended VSU’s warning status for six months, saying the issues had not been fully resolved. Meanwhile, a special committee visited the university before the end of the six-month period to see if it was successful in resolving or implementing changes to meet SACSCOC standards.

The board first placed VSU on warning for six months in June while reaffirming the university’s full accreditation. The warning is a step above probation, which is the most severe sanction.

This committee carried out an on-site assessment of VSU’s compliance with the accreditation principles, the accreditation standards of the SACSCOC.

“Over the past several months, we have worked diligently to provide documentation that transparently addresses compliance with relevant SACSCOC standards and we are committed to devoting the necessary resources not only to meet but to exceed these accreditation standards. Said VSU President Dr Makola M. Abdallah said in a statement.

“This process has given us the opportunity to be intentional in improving policies, programs, services and operations,” continued Dr Abdullah. “We are confident that the results published today will further ensure the sustainability of VSU as a highly efficient and financially stable university dedicated to providing opportunities for quality education. We have remained committed to this mission since 1882.”

Accreditation by SACSCOC includes all components of the institution, which includes all programs, off-campus campuses, off-campus sites, and distance learning programs as reported to the Commission.

VSU’s compliance with these standards led to the removal of the warning status against VSU.

“Dr Abdullah has provided exceptional leadership over the past few months,” VSU Visitors Council rector Harry Black said in a statement. “He and his staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that VSU meets and exceeds SACSCOC standards. Kudos to the University Professionals at VSU for continuing to provide excellent academic opportunities to students.

According to the VSU website, they currently educate 5,000 students between in-state and out-of-state students.

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