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Accreditation agency warns Jarvis, Lon Morris

By Christina Lane
Dec. 21, 2011 at 11 p.m.


Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins has been placed on a six-month warning by its accrediting agency after not being in compliance with several core requirements, mostly related to finances and audits.

Lon Morris College in Jacksonville also was placed on a 12-month warning by the same agency for noncompliance issues, according to the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges, which accredits Jarvis Christian and Lon Morris.

The board of trustees for the commission met Dec. 5, placing Jarvis and Lon Morrison on the warnings list. Both colleges are still accredited at this time, the commission said.

The warnings are public sanctions imposed because of "significant noncompliance with the core requirements, comprehensive standards or the federal requirements of the principles of accreditation of the commission, failure to make timely and significant progress toward correcting the deficiencies that led to the finding of noncompliance, or failure to comply with commission policies and procedures."

Jarvis received its warning because it was not compliant in areas of financial resources, institutional effectiveness (educational program), financial stability and financial aid audits, according to the commission. The college also did not submit "a timely audit," the commission said.

The commission said its standards expect an institution to show it has a sound financial base and a financial history that shows stability; submits timely audits; and identifies and evaluates outcomes and uses the findings to improve its educational programs.

In June 2012, the commission's board will reconsider Jarvis' accreditation status. The board can remove warning; continue the warning for another six months; place the college on probation for six months, authorize a special committee and request an additional report; or remove the college's accreditation with the commission.

Lon Morris' 12-month warning lasts until December 2012. It was placed on warning because it was not compliant in areas of: faculty, student support services, financial resources, academic program coordination and financial stability, the commission said.

According to the commission, a college must show that it employs adequate full-time faculty, provides student support programs, services and activities consistent with its mission, has a sound financial base and a recent financial history showing financial stability, and assigns responsibility for program coordination and curriculum development to academically qualified faculty.

In Lon Morris' case, a special committee of the commission must conduct an on-site evaluation prior to the warning being lifted. In December 2012, the commission's board will reconsider Jarvis' accreditation status. The board can remove warning; continue the warning; place the college on probation while also continuing the warning, authorize a special committee and request an additional report; or remove the college's accreditation with the commission.

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