Tennessee State University has received reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for the next 10 years without any sanctions, according to a school spokeswoman.
The school was placed on warning by SACS last December for not meeting standards regarding educational programming, educational support services and administrative support services.
TSU was given a year to meet those standards and SACS reaffirmed their accreditation at a Commission on Colleges board meeting yesterday afternoon in Orlando, Fla.
“Today we learned that Tennessee State University’s accreditation has been unconditionally reaffirmed,” said TSU interim President Dr. Portia Shields.
“I am very pleased with our progress and excited about the University’s future. I am positive that Tennessee State University is on the right path to become an even more vibrant institution. Special thanks are due to our faculty and staff for their tireless efforts, and the continued support of our students, student’s parents, alumni and friends.”
Shields was tasked with addressing the SACS accreditation issue when she was hired by the Tennessee Board of Regents to replace Dr. Melvin Johnson a year ago.
Since then, Shields has instituted several changes, including an academic “reorganization,” which resulted in the slashing and combining of several programs. Several students, faculty and community members created the Save TSU Community Coalition to oppose the reorganization plan.
Shields attended the SACS annual meeting in Orlando this weekend and was expected back in Nashville this afternoon.
Last month the TBR, which oversees operations at TSU, announced they hope to name a permanent president next fall.