Erskine College will remain fully accredited under a status of probation, according to a letter sent out by Erskine President Paul Kooistra on Tuesday.
Of that encounter, Kooistra
wrote: "In that meeting, I had the opportunity to demonstrate two important points to the committee.
is currently operating from a sound financial base.
And second, we are already making substantial progress toward full compliance with accreditation standards of financial sustainability."
Such steps include various cuts to faculty and programs at the college and seminary announced last week, as well as faculty-wide salary and retirement cuts and a tuition increase announced in August.
"These measures position us to achieve our financial and accreditation objectives," Kooistra
In spite of the new sanction, Kooistra
stated the committee was encouraged by the institution's presentation and steps its taking toward long-term financial sustainability.
indicated that because SACSCOC "looks for consistent compliance over several annual cycles," the probationary sanction was not, altogether a surprise to school administration.
While the move toward financial stability was expedited by the accreditation progress, it was part of a larger effort of the institution to secure its future financial sustainability.
reiterated this goal.
"As I have said before, our primary objective is to ensure that we continue to pursue our mission and provide the quality and value worthy of the Erskine
name and heritage for generations to come," Kooistra