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SACS statement on Louisiana College

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PINEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - News Channel 5 received a statement from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges regarding LC's accreditation and probation. It has been edited in format only for ease of readability. 

"The following publicly available information is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) concerning the accreditation of Louisiana College. 

Information presented below is in accord with the Commission’s disclosure policy; staff of the Commission cannot comment further on questions specifically related to Louisiana College. The institution has reviewed this statement prior to public posting.

Action by the Board of Trustees of SACS Commission on Colleges took place on June 19, 2014, and the institution’s next review is June 2015.

What is the accreditation status of Louisiana College? 

Louisiana College is accredited by SACS Commission on Colleges; however, the institution was placed on Probation following review of the institution’s response to unsolicited information alleging non-compliance with the principle of integrity and with standards related to governance, external influence, personnel appointments, administrative staff evaluations, and control of finances. 

Prior to the institution’s next review by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees in June 2015, a Special Committee will conduct an on-site evaluation of the institution’s compliance with the Principles of Accreditation—the accreditation standards of the Commission. SACSCOC accreditation includes all components of the institution—all programs, branch campuses, off-campus sites, and distance learning programs as reported to the Commission; thus, the Probation status applies to the entire institution.

What does it mean to be placed on Probation? 

Probation is the Commission’s most serious sanction, short of loss of membership, and can be imposed on an institution for failure to correct deficiencies of significant non-compliance with the Core Requirements, Comprehensive Standards, or Federal Requirements of the Principles of Accreditation of the Commission; failure to make timely and significant progress toward correcting the deficiencies; or failure to comply with Commission policies and procedures. 

The imposition of Probation is an indication of the gravity of non-compliance with the Principles. Probation may be imposed upon initial institutional review, depending on the judgment of the Commission of the seriousness of the non-compliance or in the case of repeated violations recognized by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees over a period of time. 

The maximum consecutive time that an institution may be on Probation is two years. In June 2015, Louisiana College will conclude 12 months on Probation. For additional information about sanctions, refer to the Commission’s policy entitled “Sanctions, Denial of Reaffirmation, and Removal from Membership” that can be accessed at http://www.sacscoc.org/policies.asp.

Why was Louisiana College continued in accreditation and placed on Probation?

Louisiana College was continued in accreditation and placed on Probation because the SACSCOC Board of Trustees determined that it had failed to demonstrate compliance with: 
Principle 1.1 (Integrity), 
Comprehensive Standard 3.2.4 (External influence),
Comprehensive Standard 3.2.9 (Personnel appointment), 
Comprehensive Standard 3.2.10 (Administrative staff evaluations), 
Comprehensive Standard 3.10.3 (Control of finances), and 
Federal Requirement 4.7 (Title IV program responsibilities) of the Principles of Accreditation. 

The cited standards expect an accredited institution to provide evidence that it 
(1) operates with integrity in all matters, 
(2) is free from undue influence from external bodies on the institution’s Board, 
(3) enforces personnel policies, 
(4) evaluates the effectiveness of its administrators, 
(5) exercises control over all its financial resources, and 
(6) complies with its program responsibilities under Title IV. 

(To read the full statements for the standards cited above, access the Principles of Accreditation at http://www.sacscoc.org/principles.asp.)

What will happen in June 2015? 

The SACSCOC Board of Trustees will consider the accreditation status of Louisiana College following review of financial statements and a First Monitoring Report submitted by the institution addressing the standards cited above for non-compliance, and the report of a Special Committee that will visit the institution in spring 2015. 

The Board will have the following options: 
(1) remove the institution from Probation without an additional report or with a Fifth Year Follow-Up Report; 
(2) continue accreditation and continue the institution on Probation, authorize a Special Committee, and request an additional report; and
(3) remove the institution from membership with SACS Commission on Colleges for failure to comply with the Principles of Accreditation.

Commission staff will not speculate on what decision might be made by the Board of Trustees in June 2015.

For additional information regarding the Commission’s accreditation process, access the Principles of Accreditation (http://www.sacscoc.org/principles.asp). "

For the original file, please see http://www.sacscoc.org/2014JuneActionsanddisclosurestatements/Louisiana%20College%20MSJ.pdf
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