SACS FAQ

SACS FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Even though accreditation continues, why was Saint Augustine’s University placed on probation?
    ANSWER:
    In February 2014, SACSCOC sent a letter to Saint Augustine’s University seeking information regarding unsolicited information SACSCOC received about the areas of financial resources, financial stability and control of finances. Since that time Saint Augustine’s University has submitted a series of financial and narrative reports, and was visited by an on-site SACSCOC committee. After the commission reviewed all reports and information, the SACSCOC Board of Trustees placed Saint Augustine’s University on warning at its December 2015 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Saint Augustine’s University will receive an official letter from SACSCOC in January 2017 detailing required specifics regarding the probation. Saint Augustine’s University has been working diligently to address the concerns expressed earlier by SACSCOC and has also put measures in place to strengthen the financial stability of the institution.
  2. What are the next steps?
    ANSWER:
    Saint Augustine’s University is awaiting receipt of the official letter of notification from SACSCOC, which will include specific details and instructions that the University will follow to address the compliance issues.
  3. How long will Saint Augustine’s University be on Probation?
    ANSWER:
    The probation period is for 12 months. It is anticipated that the SACSCOC decision about the probation status will be released at the December 2017 meeting of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees.
  4. Has the University lost its accreditation?
    ANSWER:
    No. The University continues to be accredited. The Saint Augustine’s University Board of Trustees and Administration, with the support of The Episcopal Church, alumni, and friends, are fully committed and prepared to implement all of the necessary corrective actions to satisfactorily address the areas of concern.
  5. Who is responsible on campus for making sure we stay accredited?
    ANSWER:
    The University President has the primary responsibility for ensuring that the University maintains its accreditation.
  6. What happens if we do not fix the areas of concerns? Will Saint Augustine’s University lose its accreditation?
    ANSWER:
    We are confident that we can address the areas of concern. Saint Augustine’s University fully expects to demonstrate compliance within the period of probation. The Saint Augustine’s University Board of Trustees and Administration are fully committed and prepared to implement all of the necessary corrective actions to satisfactorily address the areas of concern.
  7. Does the probation status decision affect my financial aid?
    ANSWER:
    No, the decision does not affect student financial aid. The University remains accredited by SACSCOC and is still recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) in the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs to offer and award federal financial aid to eligible students.
  8. How will probation impact my ability to gain internships?
    ANSWER:
    The SACSCOC probation status did not arise from concerns about the quality of Saint Augustine’s University’s educational programs. Saint Augustine’s University students will continue to receive a first-class education and will remain highly competitive for internship opportunities.
  9. How will a potential graduate school? view this warning by SACSCOC in determining whether I am accepted?
    ANSWER:
    You will still be a graduate of an accredited institution. The SACSCOC probation did not arise from concerns about the quality of Saint Augustine’s University’s academic programs. Saint Augustine’s University graduates will continue to be highly competitive for admission to graduate programs.
  10. How does probation affect my graduation this fall/spring? Will employers want to hire me?
    ANSWER:
    Your Saint Augustine’s University degree will continue to be valued and is just as valid as it was before the institution was placed on probation. You will still graduate from an accredited institution. The SACSCOC probation did not arise from academic concerns about the quality of a Saint Augustine’s University education. Saint Augustine’s University graduates will remain highly competitive for employment.
  11. Will I still receive full credit for the classes I am currently enrolled in on my transcripts?
    ANSWER:
    Yes, students will receive full credit for classes. The SACSCOC probation status does not impact the academic standing or coursework of Saint Augustine’s University students.
  12. Will this probation status impact the courses the University offers this summer?
    ANSWER:
    No. The SACSCOC probation status will have no impact on the course offerings.
  13. How can I stay informed about new developments regarding Saint Augustine’s University’s status with SACSCOC?
    ANSWER: In the coming days, Saint Augustine’s University will establish a web page that can be accessed from the front page of the University’s website: www.st-aug.edu/sacsupdate. Any new developments regarding SACSCOC will be posted here.