Grawemeyer Hall 2017
Grawemeyer Hall 2017

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges voted today to remove the University of Louisville from probationary status, effective immediately.

SACSCOC is the accrediting agency for higher education institutions in Kentucky and 10 other southern states. The organization removed the probation after a year-long process in which the university addressed nine concerns in areas of governance, administration and finance.

“We are pleased with the decision by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to remove the probationary status,” said UofL Interim President Greg Postel. “Our faculty, staff and administration worked diligently to address the commission’s concerns, and we are on solid ground for the future. 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.”

Postel stressed that the university’s academic programs were never in question. SACSCOC had raised concerns related to UofL’s governing board, CEO evaluation/selection, board conflict of interest, board external influence and board dismissal, as well as the university’s financial stability and control of finances.

Due to the probationary status, the university’s regular SACS reaccreditation process was interrupted in December 2016. That process will resume immediately, and SACS will conduct a site visit this spring. Postel said the university is prepared for that visit and expects a positive outcome.

John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.