POSTED: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 5:36pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 7:33pm
For a college, accreditation is everything.
It is the credential that assures students and parents the school has met a set of standards.
Two local schools though, have been issued a warning.
It all happened early this month, and we had a chance to talk to one President today.
He says, it’s just a case of bad timing.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission is headquartered in georgia, but has jurisdiction over religiou aschools throughout the region.
And the group has sent a warning letter to Jarvis christian College her ein hawkins and Lon Morris in jacksonville, that there are some accreditation issues that need to be resolved.
They are in good company though, including Holy Cross in New Orleans and Houston Baptist.
All of them have questions to answer.
Jarvis President Cornel Thomas said, it was bad timing and a missed deadline for a required report.
He also said that funding for the school was adequate.
Lon Morris’s financial problems are well known, but the school is closed for the holiday and no one was available to comment.
Thomas expects Jarvis’s problems to be cleared up by June.
Indeed, in June of 2012, Jarvis will be up for reconsideration.
A reexamination of Lon Morris won’t happen until December of next year.