Thomas University on accreditation warning

By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 12, 2017

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- The regional group that handles accreditation has Thomas University on warning.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges made the decision last December.

Since then, administrators at Thomas University say they've held up their end of the deal.

Accreditation essentially says colleges and universities are in compliance and are doing what they're supposed to be doing. It's like going through an audit.

Losing it could impact the value of the school and degrees.

"There's nothing to be worried about on our end," Said, John Meis, the associate vice president of Academic Affairs.

The University has been on warning from the accreditation board all year because of missing information during the board's 10-year review.

The vice president of Academic Affairs says discrepancies included open faculty slots. The university needed to report who was hired in those positions.

Meis saID there was also an online consortium the school wasn't using because of its expense. They had to get rid of it.

Now, Meis says, the university is in compliance.

"The goal of any intuition should be help students develop and move on and do better things with their lives. So, being a part of that is certainly having the approval of your university that it is doing the right thing," Meis said.

Administrators say they've completed their report and turned it over to the accreditation board in September.

While a warning is the lightest penalty imposed, students hope the university is deemed in compliance.

Samantha Gilbert, a sophomore at Thomas University, said, "I've worked pretty hard with my classes and such. I'm looking after I graduate, I want to move ahead with a master's degree and if that would hinder it a little bit. So, I feel like that's something they should look at as very important."

As of right now, Thomas University is still accredited.

The board is scheduled to announce its decision in December. It says possibilities can include removal of the warning, continuance of the warning, or even as severe as taking the school's accreditation.

Meis says there's no reason to be worried. He believes the accreditation is not in jeopardy.

That's good news for Gilbert, who loves attending TU, "They offer a lot of help and the professors, I can see that they genuinely care. They want us to do well and succeed in their classes.

I just really like the friendly environment," she said.