USF St. Pete on probation
Accreditors put the University of South Florida St. Petersburg on probation for a year Thursday, citing noncompliance with two academic standards.
In an e-mail to staff, students and faculty, Regional Chancellor Karen A. White said the university will "refocus our efforts" and "show conclusively to SACS that we have mechanisms in place to provide continuous quality improvement for our institution."
In December, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges put USF St. Pete on warning status for failing to comply with the same two standards, which deal with college-level competencies and documentation of student achievement.
University spokeswoman Holly Kickliter told The Gradebook this morning that university officials don't know why they fell short. She said details from the SACS Commission won't be available for more than a week. "We don't have a whole lot we can share," she said.
"I've heard from faculty who are very concerned about this," said USF Professor Sherman Dorn, president of the faculty union. "I look at this and go, whoa. ... It's certainly not good."
"This action is not a criticism of the quality of education, the status of our programs, the validity of our degrees," White said in her e-mail. "I ask you to share with your students and concerned friends of USF St. Petersburg that the institution remains accredited by the SACS Commission on Colleges."
Ron Matus, Times staff writer