The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges continued Jarvis’ accreditation “for good cause,” but deferred the review process for reaffirmation of accreditation for one year, according to the news release.
The action was taken Tuesday after the commission’s review of the college’s most recent monitoring report.
The commission’s decision will allow Jarvis to improve its financial position, according to the news release.
Dr. Pamela J. Cravey, spokeswoman for the commission, said the college missed standards in four areas including financial resources, financial stability, control of finances and program responsibilities related to federal student financial aid.
William Smialek, Jarvis’ vice president for institutional advancement, wrote in an email that the various financial standards overlap and relate 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.
Enrollment increased this year, and the college is looking for that to continue next fall. He wrote that a strategic planning process has begun to enhance programs and support for the institution.
Last December, the accrediting body placed Jarvis on warning status for six months after it failed to meet standards related to financial resources, its educational program, financial stability and financial aid audits. The college also failed to submit a timely audit that year.
James Atkinson, chairman of the Jarvis board of trustees, commended the college administration for the progress made in addressing the accrediting agency’s concerns.
“The Board feels certain that the remaining issues will soon be resolved and Jarvis will be judged in full compliance with accrediting standards,” Atkinson said, according to the news release.
Smialek wrote that the college is preparing for its 10-year reaffirmation process by documenting its compliance with all the Principles of Accreditation and developing a Quality Enhancement Plan for improving student learning.
He said Jarvis remains eligible for federal financial aid for students. The college served about 600 students this fall.