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SACSCOC Probation Updates

On June 14, 2018, Bethune-Cookman University was placed on Probation by the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) following the review of the University’s Special Report response to third party unsolicited information from media sources alleging non-compliance with the standards related to the governing board, control of finances, external finances and CEO. Probation is a sanction placed by the regional accrediting agency to publicly signify that an accredited institution is non-compliant with one or more of standards of the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation.

The SACSCOC Board determined that the University had failed to demonstrate compliance with Core Requirement 1.1 (Integrity), Core Requirement 4.1 (Governing board characteristics), Core Requirement 13.1 (Financial resources), Standard 13.3 (Financial responsibility) and Standard 13.4 (Control of finances) of the Principles of Accreditation. A public disclosure statement regarding B-CU’s probationary status was also placed on SACSCOC website.

As required, B-CU submitted its First Monitoring Report addressing the referenced core requirements and standards of the Principles of Accreditation in advance of the on-site visit by the SACSCOC Special Committee April 22 -24, 2019. Following this visit, the Special Committee submitted a report of their findings and recommendations to the SACSCOC Board.

At its meeting on June 13, 2019, upon review and consideration of B-CU’s First Monitoring Report including its financial statements and the On-Site Special Committee’s Report, the SACSCOC Board of Trustees continued Bethune-Cookman University’s Probation for twelve months for failure to comply with Core Requirement 4.1 (Governing board characteristics), Standard 4.2.b (Board/administrative distinction), Core Requirement 13.1 (Financial resources), Standard 13.3 (Financial responsibility) and Standard 13.4 (Control of finances) of the Principles of Accreditation. A notice of public disclosure regarding B-CU’s continued probationary status has been published on the SACSCOC website. Additionally, the SACSCOC Board has requested B-CU to submit a Second Monitoring Report prior to an On-Site Special Committee visit scheduled during April 21-23, 2020. To that regard, B-CU’s Board and administration are aggressively working on correcting the deficiencies identified by the Commission and have executed various action strategies to comply with satisfactory progress on the cited standards of concern.

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