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Virginia State University Removed from Academic Warning

Published date: June 16, 2016

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Reaffirms University’s Accreditation

VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY, VA-- Today, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) voted to REMOVE Virginia State University (VSU) from Warning status and REAFFIRMED the University’s regional accreditation.

At its meeting today, the Board of SACSCOC found that VSU has satisfied all the standards that led to the University being placed on warning status in 2015. “Over the past few months, we have worked diligently to provide documentation that transparently addressed compliance with the relevant SACSCOC standards and committed to devoting the necessary resources to not only meet, but to exceed these accreditation standards,” says VSU President, Dr. Makola M. Abdullah. “This process has afforded us the opportunity to be intentional about enhancing policies, programs, services, and operations. We are confident that the findings released today will further secure VSU’s sustainability as a highly effective and fiscally stable university dedicated to providing opportunities for a quality education. We have remained committed to this mission since 1882.”

Rector of the VSU Board of Visitors, Mr. Harry Black says, “Dr. Abdullah has provided superb leadership over the past few months. He and his staff worked tirelessly to ensure that VSU met and exceeded the SACSCOC standards. Congratulations to the academic professionals at VSU for continuing to provide excellent academic opportunities for students.”

In April, a Special Committee conducted an on-site evaluation of VSU’s compliance with the Principles of Accreditation—the accreditation standards of the Commission. SACSCOC accreditation includes all components of the institution—all programs, branch campuses, off-campus sites, and distance learning programs as reported to the Commission; thus, the removal of the warning status applies to the University in its entirety.

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