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UNC sends 'first monitoring report' to accrediting agency

Posted April 16

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— The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said Friday that it has sent a "first monitoring report" to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, which is the university's regional accrediting body.

SACS asked UNC-Chapel Hill to provide information about its compliance with seven accreditation standards in a letter send to the university on July 1, 2015. In UNC's 144-page report sent to SACS in March, the school said it worked hard to build a report showing the university's efforts to be in compliance with accreditation standards.

“My colleagues and I have worked diligently to produce a report that comprehensively answers the Commission’s specific information requests and demonstrates the University’s compliance with the Commission’s Principles of Accreditation as well as the basis for our confidence in the quality and integrity of our academic programs,” UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt said in an accompanying letter.

UNC-Chapel Hill submitted a 224-page report in January of 2015 to SACS, which asked the group to find them in compliance with various accreditation standards.

The organization put the school on a 12-month probation on June 11, 2015 after SACS found the university violated seven principles, including integrity, program content, control of intercollegiate athletics, academic support services, academic freedom, faculty role in governance and Title IV program responsibilities.

The university did not lose its accreditation, but it was given a year to demonstrate that recent academic reforms are working.

The SACS Board of Trustees will make a final decision on the university’s accreditation status in June.

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