University of Louisville campus is located south of downtown. | Courtesy of the University of Louisville

Just more than a year after the University of Louisville was removed from probationary status, the regional accrediting body Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmed the university’s accreditation.

While it never lost its accreditation, the university had to begin the reaffirmation process a second time after its probationary status was lifted.

“This is great news,” UofL President Neeli Bendapudi said in a news release. “SACSCOC has recognized the university’s hard work in fixing our problems of the past and setting a solid foundation for our future. With this clean bill of health, we can embark on an exciting future for our students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as our community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”

In summer 2017 when UofL was going through the standard 10-year accreditation reaffirmation process, SACSCOC placed the university on probation after Gov. Matt Bevin abolished and reorganized UofL’s board of trustees, which the accrediting body referred to as “undue influence.” It also cited concerns about UofL’s governance, financial stability and control of finances, Insider previously reported.

Former UofL president James Ramsey resigned as president in July 2016 and from the UofL Foundation board in September 2016 after multiple controversies. He is currently being sued by the UofL Foundation and UofL for excessive spending and risky loans and real estate investments.

Bendapudi was hired as Ramsey’s permanent replacement in April of this year.

Both UofL and the University of Louisville Foundation, which manages the college’s endowment, have since “taken steps to ensure the financial strength of the institution,” the university said in the release.

UofL was taken off probation in early December 2017 after it was cleared on seven of nine possible violations, opening the path for the reaffirmation.

SACSCOC is the recognized accrediting body for institutes of higher learning in 11 Southern states and Latin America.

Caitlin Bowling

Caitlin Bowling

Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]