Message from Eddie N. Moore, Jr., Norfolk State University Interim President and CEO
December 11, 2013
STATEMENT ON SACS DECISION:
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) announced at its December 10, 2013 meeting that Norfolk State University will remain fully accredited with a “warning” sanction imposed. As a result of the sanction, a follow up report is required within one year of the Special Committee’s visit or by September 2014.
An institution may be placed on warning or probation for noncompliance with any of the SACSCOC Core Requirements or significant noncompliance with any Comprehensive Standards. There are 16 Core Requirements, 60 Comprehensive Standards and 11 Federal Requirements that must be met for an institution to maintain its good standing with the accrediting body.
Norfolk State University must address its noncompliance with the 11 recommendations made by the SACSCOC Special Committee, which includes 2 Core Requirements and 9 Comprehensive Standards related to fiscal reporting, administrative management, and board governance. This decision does not affect the University’s accreditation nor the academic quality of our programs. Norfolk State University’s ability to receive federal aid (e.g., financial aid or sponsored research support) is also not affected by this decision.
While the decision of SACSCOC is disappointing, we must acknowledge its inherent value, i.e., this review provides us with a roadmap to advance the institution. We are grateful to SACSCOC for the review and the opportunity to make continuous improvement in our academic competitiveness, fiscal security and institutional effectiveness. For more information on SACSCOC and the accreditation process, please visit the SACSCOC website.