• August 31, 2015

Southern Regional Accreditor Takes Action on Numerous Colleges

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges took a number of actions this month, including placing two colleges on probation and reaffirming 40 colleges' accreditation.

The regional accreditor also granted accreditation to Ave Maria University, in Florida. Ave Maria, which was established by Thomas S. Monaghan, the founder of the Domino's Pizza chain, initially chose the American Academy for Liberal Education as its accreditor in 2008 while still seeking accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

In another decision, Texas Southern University was removed from probation, after several years of operating under a shaky accreditation status. Texas Southern was placed on probation in December 2007 for financial problems. The university completed its fourth monitoring report this month to show compliance with the Principles of Accreditation and was thus taken off probation.

Saint Paul's College, in Virginia, and Concordia College, in Alabama, were both placed on probation, and the commission's disclosure statements with reasons for its actions will be released on Thursday. A full list of the commission's actions will be available online on Tuesday.

Here are other actions taken by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools last week.

Placed on warning status: Augusta Technical College, Augusta, Ga.; Bauder College, Atlanta; Erskine College, Due West, S.C.; Florida Christian College, Kissimmee, Fla.; Pamlico Community College, Grantsboro, N.C.; Randolph Community College, Asheboro, N.C.; and Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Removed from warning status: ECPI College of Technology, Virginia Beach, Va.; Eastern Shore Community College, Melfa, Va.; Eastfield College, Mesquite, Tex.; Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas; and Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Miss.

Granted initial accreditation: Ave Maria University, Naples, Fla.; Everglades University, Boca Raton, Fla.; and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, Nashville.

Granted initial candidacy: Appalachian College of Pharmacy, Oakwood, Va.; Digital Media Arts College, Boca Raton, Fla.; Lanier Technical College, Oakwood, Ga.; South Georgia Technical College, Cordele, Ga.; and Southern Virginia University, Buena Vista, Va.


1. bstevens - June 28, 2010 at 03:57 pm

Why is it front page news that Ave Maria University received accreditation but not front page news about the others--in SACS and all regions--who also receive initial accreditation?

2. willynilly - June 28, 2010 at 04:32 pm

When was (date) Ava Maria granted initial candidacy? The process seems to have moved along much faster than a casual observer would have expected - especially at an institution where there were so many high profile fire storms since its inception, plus the fact that the Chancellor and the President (The Chancellor's personal attorney) have zero experience in the Administration of Higher Education. Is there some new fast track accreditation process operating in the Southern Association, that kicks in when the school's owner has unlimited financial resources, and is used to paying generously for what he wants?

3. jffoster - June 29, 2010 at 09:10 am

What I want to know is whether Ave Maria's quarterback will be throuwing a lot of Hail Mary desperation passes?.

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