SACS commission visits SC State after warnings

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WCIV) - An accreditation committee spent part of last week at South Carolina State University assessing how the school dealt with warnings from the regional body. Over two days, the committee interviewed President Thomas Elzey, members of the school's Board of Trustees, and several people from the faculty, staff, and student body. The group also dug through all of the school's bank records. "The SACSCOC committee's visit was anticipated," said Interim Provost Dr. W. Franklin Evans.{} "It is standard protocol as the accrediting body carries out a process designed to ensure that an institution is in compliance with standards that provide quality academic programs and services to students." Last July, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges notified the school's new president that SC State was under warning due to board governance and the school's financial stability. In June, the committee will release its findings in a report that will be delivered to Elzey and the SACS board. The SACS board will have final approval of the report.