Full Speed Ahead: Accreditation Warning Lifted from Fort Valley State University

Posted on Jun 21, 2018

For immediate release

June 21, 2018

(Fort Valley, GA)-- The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) removed the warning issued to Fort Valley State University (FVSU) in June 2017 during its Board of Trustees meeting on June 14, 2018. The action was made public by SACSCOC yesterday evening.

"Fort Valley State University has proven its strong positioning for a bright future," said Paul Jones, Ph.D., president. "We are engineering the college of the future and preparing our students for careers as change agents in fields and industries never before envisioned. This action by SACSCOC is a vote of confidence in our solid financial controls, student support systems, and instructional foundation as we prepare to evolve into a unique model of effectiveness in student academic growth and professional development."

During the past two years, FVSU has significantly strengthened its operational efficiency and ability to deliver robust and relevant academic and co-curricular programming through the implementation of new technology, reporting processes, authorization procedures, and new leadership in audit, compliance, budget, financial aid, performance measurement, and student affairs roles. Over the two years, enrollment has increased by more than 2.7% and student residence halls occupancy has increased to 98%. The athletic programs have eliminated an annual deficit, and at the same time, the university has greatly enhanced private fundraising and communications capacity. FVSU's most recent independent audit was returned with no new findings.

More information about the SACSCOC June 2018 accreditation actions can be found at

SACSCOC is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees. To gain or maintain accreditation with the Commission on Colleges, an institution must comply with the standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges. Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees its offers, and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.

About Fort Valley State University

Founded in 1895, Fort Valley State University, a University System of Georgia institution, is one of the nation's most innovative and affordable academic institutions. Leveraging its unique role as an 1890 land-grant institution, the college conducts more science, technology, engineering and math federal research than any other public teaching college in the state of Georgia, making curriculum-enhancing research opportunities available to students learning to be leaders in innovation. The university's undergraduate and graduate campus and online degree programs enroll almost 3,000 students from all over the world. Named the most affordable online school in the nation for student economic mobility, the university has produced more African Americans with mathematics degrees than any other college in the nation in two of the past four years. FVSU students participate in more than 80 academic and civic organizations, honor societies and study abroad programs. FVSU is a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II League. Learn more by visiting

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