The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has issued a warning to Fort Valley State University over fiscal issues.
The accrediting organization issued the warning during its general meeting Tuesday, according to a Wednesday news release from Fort Valley State. A year ago, a commission panel reaffirmed the school’s accreditation for 10 years but wanted reforms in the administration of fiscal affairs. FVSU was placed under warning because the commission believed the school had not done enough to correct the fiscal issues.
The concerns relate to finance office processes and staffing and training in the offices of general accounting, financial aid and support services.
“Fort Valley State University has been involved in a multi-year effort to enhance its fiscal procedures, and in that effort has benefitted through assistance from the United States Department of Education, National Science Foundation, Georgia Board of Regents and Georgia Department of Audits,” Fort Valley State President Larry Rivers said in the release. “Since all issues had not been resolved completely, we knew a warning was a possibility. We had hoped, however, that our progress would have allowed for another year of monitoring at the most. Still, we respect SACS and will work to resolve its concerns fully.”
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The action does not put FVSU’s accreditation on probation or revoke the reaffirmation of the accreditation, the release stated.
Rivers said the remaining issues will be addressed “in the near future,” and he expects the warning will be lifted at the commission’s next annual meeting.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission accredits colleges in an 11-state region.
Commission spokeswoman Pamela Cravey said the commission did not have a statement Wednesday but will give more details about the concerns that prompted the warning at a later date.
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