Tennessee State University recently announced that it had been placed on probation by their accreditation body.
Here’s what you need to know about probation, how it went, and what happens next.
What didn’t go well?
According to the university’s accreditation agency – the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges – TSU officials have not shown that they are effectively using the data to drive improvements for students in each program. university.
In a statement, TSU said it had worked with the commission since 2017 to verify that it was following a standard that required evidence of data-driven improvement efforts. It must now show that the action plans of each program have been evaluated.
When was TSU put on probation?
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools decided on probation at its June meeting. TSU President Glenda Glover confirmed the “unfortunate” news of probation last week in an email from campus.
TSU will have one year to process probation before further action is taken.
Will daily life on campus change during probation?
While administrators will likely spend time documenting accreditation issues, student life should go on as usual.
TSU remains fully accredited during the probationary period, and classes, research and community work will continue.
What is TSU doing to resolve this problem?
TSU staff will meet with accreditation staff next month to “discuss the single accreditation standard at issue,” the university said in a statement. The university has also hired an outside consultant and is looking to add an administrator to focus on accreditation.