PINEVILLE, Louisiana — After two years on warning status, Louisiana College has had its accreditation reaffirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
SACS spokeswoman Pamela Cravey said the announcement followed a vote of the SACS commission on Colleges' Board of Trustees at its annual meeting as well as a comprehensive on-site review of Louisiana College in October by a five-member committee.
"They reaffirmed the institution, removed warning status, and there is no monitoring necessary," Louisiana College President Joe Aguillard said, ticking those off on his fingers.
No follow-up is required until a five-year midpoint report is due, which Cravey expects to occur in 2015-2017.
The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/19Btczv ) the next site visit will be in 2020.
Travis Wright, vice president of academic affairs and SACS liaison for Louisiana College, expects the college to do well in future accreditation processes.
"We've created a process that's integrated in who Louisiana College is," Wright said. "That kind of process sticks with an institution for many years to come."
He called the reaffirmation a "watershed moment" for the college, expecting it to help in recruiting students and donors now that accreditation doubts are not overshadowing LC.
Aguillard also is optimistic about the future of the college.
"I feel a great relief and pride and very optimistic about the ability to go forward," Aguillard said. "It removes all the question marks."
Louisiana College was placed on warning status in December 2011. That status was renewed for a second year in December 2012.
Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com