Campus stock, Minerva Schneider
Campus stock, Minerva Schneider

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has reaffirmed the University of Louisville’s accreditation through December 2027.

SACSCOC announced the reaffirmation at its national meeting this morning in New Orleans. SACSCOC is the recognized regional accrediting body in 11 U.S. Southern states and Latin America for institutions that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral or professional degrees.

“This is great news,” said UofL President Neeli Bendapudi. “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.”

UofL’s accreditation had been an issue since summer 2017 when, during the regular 10-year reaffirmation process, SACSCOC raised concerns about governance and financial matters and placed the university on probation. UofL and the University of Louisville Foundation, which manages its endowment, have since taken steps to ensure the financial strength of the institution, which was noted by SACSCOC in its review.

UofL was removed from probation in December 2017, at which point the reaffirmation process began anew. The process concluded with today’s announcement.

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.