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La. College placed on 1-year probation by accrediting body


PINEVILLE, La. (BP) - An accrediting agency has placed Louisiana College on probation for one year, giving the school 12 months to meet standards for compliance. During that process the school will maintain its accreditation.

The college made the announcement Dec. 7, reporting that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools had made the decision during its 2004 annual meeting. Louisiana College officials said they would strive in the coming year to maintain accreditation.

The accrediting body found that Louisiana College was not in compliance in matters of governance and academic freedom, according to a statement from the college. SACS' decision was not a surprise - in October a SACS committee had released similar findings.

"It is my opinion that SACS is calling on the institution to recognize the seriousness of the accrediting standards," the college's interim president, John Traylor, said in a statement. "Trustees, administration and faculty must take the steps necessary to move the college into full compliance, lest we lose membership in SACS."

Previously, Malcom Yarnell, director for Southwestern Seminary's Center for Theological Research, was elected in September as Louisiana College's new president and was expected to take the helm in Jan.

On Nov. 23, he announced he would instead be returning to his position at Southwestern due to failure to reach a contract agreement with Louisiana College's board of trustees.