The University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Hall

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has removed the University of Louisville from probationary status, the university said Tuesday.

The accrediting agency, which covers higher education institutions in 11 states, had placed the university on probation last December because Gov. Matt Bevin in summer of 2016 signed executive orders abolishing and replacing its board of trustees. The agency said this political “undue influence” violated four SACSCOC principles.

Beyond the external influence, the agency had raised concerns about items including the university’s governance, financial stability and control of finances.

The university said in a press release Tuesday that the agency “removed the probation after a yearlong process in which the university addressed nine concerns in areas of governance, administration and finance.”

Dr. Greg Postel

The university’s interim president, Dr. Greg Postel, had said in October that the agency had cleared the school on seven of nine possible violations of its principles.

Postel said Tuesday that UofL was pleased with the decision.

“Our faculty, staff and administration worked diligently to address the commission’s concerns, and we are on solid ground for the future,” he said. “Our academic programs continue to be strong, and the SACSCOC decision should assure our students and alumni that a University of Louisville degree will continue to be valued.”

SACSCOC President Belle Wheelan said in the release, “The university worked hard to show that they cared about the university enough to make sure that there were no clouds hanging over them anymore, and we are very proud.”

An agency committee is scheduled to visit UofL in spring.

Boris Ladwig is a reporter with more than 20 years of experience and has won awards from multiple journalism organizations in Indiana and Kentucky for feature series, news, First Amendment/community affairs, nondeadline news, criminal justice, business and investigative reporting. As part of The (Columbus, Indiana) Republic’s staff, he also won the Kent Cooper award, the top honor given by the Associated Press Managing Editors for the best overall news writing in the state. A graduate of Indiana State University, he is a soccer aficionado (Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Köln), singer and travel enthusiast who has visited countries on five continents. He speaks fluent German, rudimentary French and bits of Spanish, Italian, Khmer and Mandarin.


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