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Law school review creates more accreditation worries for FAMU



Florida A&M University faces more accreditation issues, this time at it's Orlando-based law school.

The school's main campus in Tallahassee is already on a year-long accreditation probation. The law school remains in good standing for now, But that could change based on the response FAMU gives to the American Bar Association's Accreditation Committee.

The university has until May 1 to respond to a 33-page letter that details the accrediting agency's concerns and outlines the additional information it needs to make a final determination. Most of the concerns center around FAMU College of Law's lagging bar passage rate and concerns about academic quality.

FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson and law school Dean LeRoy Pernell both said the ABA request was being taken seriously but expressed confidence that FAMU's response will be enough to assauage concerns. And they said the school can handle the issues at the law school even as it continues to put out fires in Tallahassee.

"Based upon the work that has been done, the things we have in place and the people we have to do them, this is something that we will be able to handle along with all the other issues that we’ve been working on at the university," Robinson said.

In September, FAMU's law school received a critical report based on a spring site visit by an ABA review team. The letter received Wednesday outlines the next steps expected of the law school to satisfy the agency.

According to Pernell, the FAMU College of Law has already begun work to address many of the issues found in the September report. That includes hiring new staff and creating processes to review faculty effectiveness and program quality.

Read the ABA's letter to FAMU here.


[Last modified: Friday, February 15, 2013 2:05pm]


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