Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins has returned to good standing with its accrediting body.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges announced on Tuesday that Jarvis has been removed from sanction, according to a college news release.
The commission placed the college on probation last year, but continued its accreditation for “good cause.”
The college had missed standards in four areas, including financial resources, financial stability, control of finances and program responsibilities related to federal student financial aid.
William Smialek, vice president for Institutional Advancement and Development, wrote in an email at the time that the various financial standards overlapped and related primarily to the college’s fiscal stability.
“Our understanding is that we have satisfied the requirements of institutional effectiveness and finance, but the commission wants to further monitor our financial stability over the next year because more than one year of sound financial management is required to prove stability,” he wrote in the email.
This week’s decision to remove the college from probation was made after the commission reviewed the school’s most recent monitoring report, which documented continued improvement in the institution’s financial stability, according to the news release.
Jarvis President Lester C. Newman said the commission’s review is a tremendous accomplishment for the college.
“Jarvis Christian College is now well positioned to advance its educational mission,” he said, according to the news release. “We are now able to focus on expanding the programs we have to prepare students for lifelong learning and rewarding careers.”
Newman thanked the college’s board of trustees for its support throughout this process. He said through the collaborative work of many people, the college documented and proved it has a sound financial model.
Board chairman James Atkinson commended the president and administration for its progress in addressing the commission’s concerns in such a short time.
“The Board is excited about the possibilities that this creates for the future,” he said.