Southern University's 'warning' sanction removed after yearlong evaluation

Updated: Jun. 22, 2018 at 10:57 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An accreditation agency removed "warning " sanctions on Friday for Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges made the removal during its June meeting.

According to an official release, the university satisfied all issues raised by the accreditation agency during its last review in June 2017.

Ray L. Belton, Southern University System president-chancellor said it's good news for the institution and students as well as alumni.

"Our team of dedicated faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that we demonstrated compliance with the principles of accreditation so that we are able to continue fulfilling our mission of providing a high-quality educational experience," Belton said.

The SACSCOC peer reviewers evaluated the university's Fifth-Year Interim Report in 2016, and identified four areas for improvement: faculty adequacy, institutional effectiveness, student complaints, and student achievement.

University leaders developed strategic solutions that have ultimately laid a solid foundation for continuous improvement.

Southern remained fully accredited during the yearlong review period, the release stated.

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