SC State receives official letter from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

Friday, January 30, 2009

South Carolina State University recently received the official letter from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) which cites the standards for which the warning sanction was issued.

The specific standards that must be addressed by SC State University, detailed in the letter include:
Core Requirement 2.2 – (Governing Board)
Comprehensive Standard 3.2.6 – (Board/Administration Distinction)
Comprehensive Standard 3.2.11 – (Control of Intercollegiate Athletics)
Comprehensive Standard 3.2.12 – (Fund-Raising)
Comprehensive Standard 3.4.10 - (Responsibility for Curriculum)

Action was taken during the December 2008 meeting of the Commission of Colleges and is a result of a visit by a Special Committee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to SC State.

In addressing these standards, SC State University must and will respond to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) by Sept. 8, 2009.

“SC State University and its governing body continue to be greatly concerned by this warning sanction,” said SC State President Dr. George E. Cooper. “The warning sanction issued by SACS is serious, and the University will respond appropriately,” Dr. Cooper continued.

The warning sanction issued by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) does not impact the SC State University’s current accreditation status.

The warning sanction issued by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) does not impact the quality of SC State University’s academic programs.

SC State University is fully accredited and the recent warning sanction issued by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools does not diminish that status in anyway.

“SC State University pledges its full commitment to take appropriate actions to address all citied issues, and we will inform stakeholders following the submission of our response to the warning sanction and of the final action by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS),” Dr. Cooper said.

For more information on the warning sanction, visit, www.sacscoc.org, and see link, Accreditation Actions and Disclosure Statements.

** On Feb. 4. 2009, SC State University will host a Higher Education Reporter’s Roundtable Symposium. During that time President Cooper will be available to address a myriad of the issues, including SACS.

Questions must be directed to Erica S. Prioleau, director of the Office of University Relations and Marketing at (803) 533-3617