Accreditor Questions Louisville Turmoil

August 29, 2016

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has taken note of turmoil at the University of Louisville, saying in a recent letter a Board of Trustees overhaul appears to put the university out of compliance with standards.

A move this summer by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin to abolish and replace Louisville's Board of Trustees raised evidence of significant accreditation issues, SACS President Belle S. Wheelan wrote in an Aug. 18 letter. The letter said it appears Louisville is out of compliance with standards concerning external influence, due process for dismissing board members, and evaluation and selection of a university president, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. The letter also said it appears there is the potential for undue political influence in institutional governance.

The letter was disclosed Friday during a court hearing in a lawsuit challenging Bevin's board overhaul. Bevin announced the board changes in June as part of a deal that led to Louisville's embattled president, James Ramey, stepping down from the university. Both Louisville's old and new boards have met since then, with the old board meeting and approving a budget for the university Thursday.

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