Grawemeyer Hall & Oval Entrance at UofL.
Grawemeyer Hall & Oval Entrance at UofL.

UofL received notice Dec. 6 that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) had placed it on probation for one year due to university governance issues.

The probation focuses specifically on issues related to the Board of Trustees, including its membership, selection and evaluation of the university president, external influence and Board of Trustees dismissal.

“While we are disappointed, it is important to note that this in no way reflects on the quality of our curriculum or our core academic strengths,” said Acting President Neville Pinto. “It focuses solely on issues related to governance of the institution. The commission’s decision to impose probation does not affect degrees, federal funding (including financial aid available to students), or research grants awarded to faculty.”

A SACS committee will visit the university in fall 2017. At that time, UofL will have the chance to show it has addressed the issues for which it was placed on probation.

“The University of Louisville continues to be accredited,” Pinto said. “We are a strong institution with a great track record of demonstrating compliance in all areas of review by SACSCOC … We have much to be proud of, and we will do all that we can to meet the challenges set forth by SACSCOC.”

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