UofL meets or surpasses seven of nine SACS issues, progresses on two others

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky.– UofL has successfully addressed seven of the nine issues raised by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) leading to or during its current probation and is well positioned to address the other two items.

    The Special Committee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Special Committee has issued a draft report after visiting campus Sept. 19-21 to review the university’s compliance with SACS’ Principles of Accreditation. The report is available at: http://louisville.edu/accreditation/special-committee-report-final-draft.

    The committee reported that UofL is in compliance with Core Requirement 2.2, which relates to its governing board, and with comprehensive standards related to CEO evaluation/selection, conflict of interest, external influence, board dismissal, financial stability and control of finances.

    The committee provided specific recommendations to ensure the university complies with two other issues in the Principles of Accreditation. It suggested the university sign a memorandum of understanding to clarify its relationship with the University of Louisville Real Estate Foundation, Inc., and it raised questions about the number of interim senior appointments in the university’s central administration. 

    UofL Interim President Greg Postel said the university will quickly create the memorandum of understanding. UofL’s administration currently is conducting searches to fill several of the leadership positions.

    Also in the document, the SACS committee applauded the “extraordinary cooperation that the institution showed” during the visit, and that it stated the university “currently operates with integrity.”

    The university is expected to respond to the draft by early November. The organization will rule on the university’s probationary status at its national meeting Dec. 2-5 in December.

     

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    John Karman, III

    John Karman joined the Office of Communications and Marketing in 2014 after a 20-plus year career as a Louisville journalist. For the past year, he has served as director of media relations. In that role, he answers reporters’ inquiries and is the university’s main spokesperson. John was a reporter for Business First of Louisville from 1999 to 2013. There, he won numerous awards from the Louisville chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists and American City Business Journals, parent company to Business First. John spends much of his spare time celebrating the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series.