Education Editorial: UVA accreditation

By: Bill Bosher - email

The College Commission of SACS has put the University of Virginia on a warned status for the next twelve months. It will then determine if the number one ranked public institution in America should be penalized further or freed from the bite of a relatively toothless accreditation body.

While the benign fly-by should probably be ignored, you can't because they use the media like weed freaks use Roundup. An NBC-affiliate in Dallas reported that the President of SACS, a former Virginia community college president and Secretary of Education, stated, "some of the articles (Right…if you are going to use the media for enforcement, you should also use it for the investigation) said that faculty didn't know anything about this, they were caught completely off guard."

I wonder if the former college president ever made any decisions that she did not take to the faculty?  If so, was her institution investigated? She also was quoted as having said that the University did not adequately respond to their inquiry. "Was this indeed just a minority of board members spearheading this?"

While nothing about the June debacle at UVA was pretty, it shouldn't have anything to do with its accreditation. If it were not for a requirement for federal funding, perhaps another quid pro quo, the Wahoos should send one more letter to Atlanta… return their accreditation and ask for a prorated reimbursement on their hefty dues.

And as for home cooking, college presidents make up its board. Go to their web site, click on each member state and look at the institutions that are holding judgment. Not a jury of peers… because there is not one in the bunch! Ann Neal of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni says that it is a "bare knuckled power play" and the "taxpaying" public should protest. Let's start by eliminating any require to belong to the College Commission!

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