- Associated Press - Friday, March 13, 2015

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) - School officials say Louisiana College is in compliance with five of the six standards that led to it being placed on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. They say a standard citing “external influence” remains unresolved.

The Town Talk reports (https://townta.lk/1MvlNFh ) a team with the accrediting agency visited the private Baptist school on Wednesday as part of its review process. SACS placed the school on probation in June, six months after the agency reaffirmed its accreditation. Louisiana College had been on warning with SACS for two years prior.

SACS had cited “external influence” and “institutional integrity” among problems leading to the school’s probation. An LC news release in June cited issues with six standards - “trustee board governance (3.2.4), institutional integrity (1.1), personnel policies (3.2.9; 3.2.10), and audit findings that pertain to some financial control matters and student financial aid (3.10.3; 4.7).”

In the visiting team’s exit interview this week, it “indicated that Louisiana College is in compliance with all standards except one, standard 3.2.4, External Influence,” LC President-elect Rick Brewer told faculty, students and community members at his first school chapel Thursday.

“LC trustees and administration will be addressing the issue with the intent to bring the college into compliance with SACS-COC standards,” Brewer read from a statement, which was provided to The Town Talk.

In the statement, interim President Argile Smith described the visit as both “cordial” and “thorough in its analysis.”

LC will receive a written report from the team and will have the opportunity to respond accordingly, he said. SACS will render its final decision on LC’s probationary status in its regularly scheduled meeting in June.

The SACS standard requires governing boards act independently of external individuals or organizations, including religious bodies like the LBC. It requires institutions demonstrate that their boards act without “undue external influence.”


Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, https://www.thetowntalk.com

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