News coming from the University of Virginia is that the “warning” placed on the institution in the aftermath of the Board of Visitors/Teresa Sullivan firing has been officially rescinded. From the president:
As you may recall, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) placed the University of Virginia on “warning” in December 2012 for a period of one year, following its determination that U.Va. was not in compliance with Core Requirement 2.2 regarding board governance and Comprehensive Standard 3.7.5 regarding faculty role in governance of the organization’s Principles of Accreditation.
I am pleased to inform members of our community that the SACSCOC Board of Trustees voted to remove the University from “warning” status. The decision was announced at the organization’s annual meeting in Atlanta earlier today.
The University community should be pleased with the outcome of the commission’s thorough review. While the warning designation did not question the quality of our academic programs or affect our ability to receive financial aid, unblemished accreditation remains an important stamp of approval on the integrity of the institution.
We have very important work ahead of us as we begin to implement key initiatives associated with the University’s five-year strategic plan. I look forward to partnering with you as we collectively advance the mission of this great institution.
Very truly yours,
Thus ideally ends the chapter over the attempts to modernize the University of Virginia by the Board of Visitors and the UVA faculty, perhaps with the best of all possible outcomes. Not only were the concerns of the Board of Visitors ultimately heard and addressed, President Sullivan’s efforts to introduce incremental changes while maintaining the essence ultimately won out. It is doubtful that the Board of Visitors would have been heard without the drastic action, nor is it possible that the outcome would have been so positive without Sullivan’s leadership.
…and the world moves on.