ACTA says agency overstepped its role with U.Va. 'warning,' files DOE complaint
- The American Council of Trustees and Alumni is filing a complaint with the Department of Education and seeking an investigation of an accrediting agency for its decision to place the University of Virginia on 'warning' status after the messy attempted ouster of university president Teresa Sullivan.
- In a letter to the DOE, ACTA President Anne D. Neal called the Dec. 11 warning a "blatant intrusion" into U. Va.'s governance, adding that it was "ludicrous" for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges to suggest the Faculty Senate should get advance notice of the board's decision to fire a president.
- A Department of Education spokeswoman said that if an investigation did occur, it could potentially focus on whether an agency is out of compliance with "criteria for recognition."
From the article:
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni contends the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges overstepped its role as an accrediting agency and had no basis for the warning it issued over the school's messy bid to oust Teresa Sullivan, its first woman president. ...