Virginia State University's accreditation 'reaffirmed' after months-long 'warning' status

Virginia State University's accreditation 'reaffirmed' after months-long 'warning' status
Virginia State University in Ettrick. (Source: NBC12)

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 they works to meet standards.

Thursday, the Ettrick university announced that SACSCOC voted to remove VSU from Warning status and reaffirmed the university's regional accreditation.

In December 2015, SACSCOC extended VSU's warning status by six months, saying issues had not been fully resolved. During that time, A special committee visited the university before the end of the six-month period to see if it has successfully resolved or implemented changes to meet the SACSCOC standards.

The Board of Trustees first placed VSU in warning for six months in June while reaffirming the university's full accreditation. Warning is a step above probation, which is the most severe sanction.

That committee conducted an on-site evaluation of VSU's compliance with the Principles of Accreditation, the accreditation standards of the SACSCOC.

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

"This process has afforded us the opportunity to be intentional about enhancing policies, programs, services, and operations," Dr. Abdullah continued. "We are confident that the findings released today will further secure VSU's sustainability as a highly effective and fiscally stable university dedicated to providing opportunities for a quality education. We have remained committed to this mission since 1882."

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

VSU's compliance with those standards led to the removal of the warning status against VSU.

"Dr. Abdullah has provided superb leadership over the past few months," Rector of the VSU Board of Visitors, Mr. Harry Black said in a statement. "He and his staff worked tirelessly to ensure that VSU met and exceeded the SACSCOC standards. Congratulations to the academic professionals at VSU for continuing to provide excellent academic opportunities for students."

According to VSU's website, they currently provide instruction to 5,000 students between in-state and out-of-state students.

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