The University of Louisville’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), informed the school today it is still noncompliant with the agency’s standards. The accrediting agency warned UofL that if it does not change within two years, it will lose its accreditation.
Last week the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation to help UofL’s cause, however, The Daily Independent reports it will not be enough to save the school.
The legislation sponsored by Senate President Robert Stivers legalizes the executive order Governor Matt Bevin made last year, essentially keeping Bevin’s new Board of Trustees in place. Despite the legislation, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools sees this as political intervention into the school’s business, a violation of the agency’s standards.
“Any changes to legislation, Board governing documents, and institutional policies need to include appropriate provisions to ensure the protection of the institution’s governing Board from future instances of undue political influence,” the letter from SACS President Dr. Belle Wheelan states.
Bevin, Stivers and other politicians continue to insist Louisville’s accreditation is not in jeopardy. Now, the accrediting agency is holding their feet to the fire.