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The University of Louisville’s Accreditation is in Jeopardy

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.

[The Daily Independent]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

17 Comments for The University of Louisville’s Accreditation is in Jeopardy

    8:06 pm January 11, 2017 Permalink

    This is a rather crappy opinion from SACS. If the legislature that gives the charter to the STATE school doesn’t have the authority to address and change the makeup of that schools board… Who DOES have that authority. I can accept that Bevin, solo, should not have that authority. This makes little sense.

    • CATandMONKEY
      8:07 pm January 11, 2017 Permalink

      ? instead of .

    • Craig
      8:38 pm January 11, 2017 Permalink

      SACS doesn’t have a problem with the state having authority to change the makeup of the board. They require that each individual on the board can be removed only for cause, and with due process. It’s to ensure independence of the school and a buffer from political pressure.

    8:09 pm January 11, 2017 Permalink

    Perhaps the SACS should have been looking into the nonsense perpetrated(allegedly) by the board prior to any needed interference from the state.

  3. Han
    8:12 pm January 11, 2017 Permalink

    Is this the same organization that looked at UNC’s decades of academic fraud and turned a blind eye?

  4. Mike
    8:25 pm January 11, 2017 Permalink

    Isn’t this a sports website? Enough with the politics and one sided views.

    • Craig
      8:42 pm January 11, 2017 Permalink

      Looks like just reporting news about our rival school and a case that could lead to their sports teams being kicked out of the NCAA (can’t compete if you’re not an accredited school). What did you find one sided about this post?

    • jasehall
      8:58 pm January 11, 2017 Permalink

      It’s not just about UL, it’s about UK and every Kentucky school that has any NCAA teams. Stivers’ bill applies to every public university, and it puts their accreditation at risk. Unaccredited schools can’t compete in NCAA competition. Of course, current students will get degrees with the same status as a degree from ITT Tech, so pick what matters to you: destruction of the athletic programs, or the universities as a whole.

    • UK Fan
      9:24 pm January 11, 2017 Permalink

      If UL has accreditation taken away, so goes the NCAA….meaning NO SPORTS….so YES this falls under Sports.

  5. UKUKUK1865
    8:42 pm January 11, 2017 Permalink

    Probably shouldn’t have been a corrupt institution for all those years.

  6. Don Kean
    9:30 pm January 11, 2017 Permalink

    Fact 1: Their has been a great deal of chicanery at UL over the past ten years with numerous embezzlement scandals, shady loans, strange payroll practices, etc. If you throw in The KFC scam center deal, the basketball scandal, and the flippant responses to getting caught red handed in the Wakey Leaks scandal, is it not a wonder that THE ENTIRE national media is skeptical about anything UL does or says. Fact 2: Louisville failed REPEATED requests to become more transparent with their boards practices, i.e., refusal to turn over records, silence towards the media when questioned etc. It is obvious this all had to stop. FACT 3??????: Maybe the governor HAD to step in to stop what appears to be at minimum borderline criminal in nature because no one else would.

    • jaws2
      10:05 pm January 11, 2017 Permalink

      THIS ^^^^ +1

    • J-Dub421
      8:08 am January 12, 2017 Permalink

      Fact: There are rules for replacing U of L’s board and the governor broke them.

  7. david8577
    11:28 pm January 11, 2017 Permalink

    Everyone in the country knows a UL degree is worthless anyway. SACS is just trying to make it official.

    • CATandMONKEY
      8:20 am January 12, 2017 Permalink

      Perhaps in the humanities.
      There are some very good and challenging STEM programs there.

    • symphonist41169
      8:43 am January 12, 2017 Permalink

      Exactly right, C&M. My youngest son chose UofL instead of UK for engineering & biology because a) Louisville offered him a better scholarship, b) Louisville’s STEM programs are outstanding and nationally ranked, and c) UK had a very laissez-faire attitude toward “recruiting” him and other top kids (ACT scores of 32+) in his HS graduating class. I raised both my sons to bleed blue and they both still do, but I also raised them to appreciate the color green as well. As far as “green” goes, Red & Black beat Blue & White hands down in my son’s case and many of his HS classmates.

  8. runtsfan
    9:03 am January 12, 2017 Permalink

    I would love to see us arrive at the point where the UK and U of L students argue about which school gets better job offers upon graduation and not who won the ball game.