Questions swirl over accreditation at Norfolk State Univ.

Questions swirl over accreditation at Norfolk State Univ.

Questions swirl over accreditation at Norfolk State Univ.

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 25 at 3:10 PM

NORFOLK--Questions have been swirling over Norfolk State University’s accreditation.

In a 13News Now investigation, we found that NSU is accredited and does not have any public sanctions.

“NSU has not had any official notice about accreditation being in jeopardy,” NSU spokesperson Cheryl Bates-Lee said Thursday.

Earlier this year, concerns started growing about the University’s financial accountability. As a result, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges started discussions with the school.

“They may have had some requests for additional information, but that does not affect their accreditation." SACSC spokeswoman Pamela Cravey explained.

Virginia State Auditor Martha Mavredes explained NSU was late submitting its financial audit for 2011.  “They have been working with us to get us the records. We haven't found any reason to believe there was any fraud.”

According to Bates-Lee, the audit was late because of high turnover in the University’s finance department and issues with starting a new finance system.

“We had a deadline problem. It does not translate to having any financial issues,“ said Bates-Lee

NSU has also had problems with its two-year nursing degree program. The State Board of Nursing is demanding NSU  stop accepting students this fall due to low exam scores.

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