New College Retains Accreditation

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New College of Florida underwent a number of dramatic changes in the past year. But a loss of its accreditation isn’t going to be one of them.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges informed the Sarasota university last week that the school remains in compliant with the Principles of Compliance for the body. That followed multiple unsolicited accusations about the school submitted to the organization and investigation since September.

“The SACSCOC staff and I have decided that the unsolicited information and its accompanying documents did not support a determination of your institution’s non-compliance with the Principles,” wrote SACSCOC President Dr. Belle Wheelan in a letter to New College.

Gov. Ron DeSantis started the year for New College by appointing a number of new trustees with a mission of remaking the school as a conservative institution. The board promptly fired former President Patricia Okker and hired Richard Corcoran, a former Florida Education Commissioner and state Speaker of the House.

Corcoran said the letters SACSCOC confirm the changes at the university have not compromised the quality of education.

“New College provided extensive documentation to demonstrate our compliance with the Principles of Accreditation,” Corcoran said. “This administration has been ethically grounded in running the College since Day One and has never wavered in its commitment to supporting our students, hiring talented and qualified people, and pursuing a mission to become the best liberal arts institution in America.”

The college has also seen an exodus of students and faculty, but also an infusion of capitol dollars and record freshman enrollment, along with an expansion of sports offerings at the school.

“While we understand the obligation SACSCOC had to look into the information they were provided, we are glad to move beyond this inquiry and put the matter to rest,” Corcoran said.

 

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