- The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools revealed its latest sanctions Tuesday, which read like a "who's who" of Southern higher education with names like the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Florida A&M University.
- Due largely to a scandal over the hazing death of a marching band member, Florida A&M was among the six institutions placed or continued on probation by the accrediting commission, while U.Va.'s governance crisis placed it among the more than a dozen schools placed or continued on "warning status"--one step short of probation.
- The association asked UNC, which has been facing academic fraud findings involving athletes and students in the African and Afro-American studies program, to provide a monitoring report, and it also plans to send in a special visiting team to find out more on the matter.
From the article:
The occasional lists of actions taken by accreditors like the college commission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools are always of great interest to the affected colleges and universities, given the high stakes for them of accreditors' actions. But because accrediting agencies tend to focus on institutions that are financially ailing or seriously troubled in some other way, the sanctions rarely involve many familiar names or make news beyond 10 miles of the involved campuses. ...