I come back from the SACSCOC Conference

And find a couple of Tennessee universities in trouble. This is one more thing in a string of troubles for TSU.  And Fisk is still trying to sell its art.

TSU, Fisk University miss accreditation benchmarks
Two Nashville schools were warned that they've failed to meet all the standards for accredited universities in the South.

Tennessee State University has a year to meet measures of institutional effectiveness expected from accredited schools. Fisk University must report back in six months about its efforts to shore up shaky finances.

On Tuesday, TSU failed to win reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which ensures the quality and basic qualifications of public and private universities across the South. Fisk, which was reaffirmed last year, has been monitored to see whether its finances would improve. The association's board warned that Fisk's finances still were not where they should be.

Both schools remain fully accredited, and leaders at both said they would work hard to meet expectations. Schools that lose their accreditation also lose their academic standing, while their students lose access to federal student loans and grant programs.

The warning does not affect the university's ability to grant degrees or conduct research or win federal grants, but it does sting.

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