After a little more than a year, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has removed Spring Hill College from its probationary status and reaffirmed its accreditation following “a recent history of financial stability.”
The college was placed on probation in June 2016 due to a downward trend in revenues.At the time, SHC President Christopher Puto blamed external events like the 2008 recession and the 2010 BP oil spill for causing “two very small [freshman] classes” — leading to a “strain on revenues” at the private, Jesuit college in Mobile.
However, according to a news release from the college this week, SACSCOC moved to drop Spring Hill’s probationary status after finding the school was once again demonstrating financial stability required by its comprehensive standards.
The announcement was formally made during SACS’ annual meeting in Dallas. This week, Puto noted that one of SACSCOC’s key roles is to assure the public of the high-quality education offered by each of their accredited schools.
“I am completely pleased with the outcome of the Committee on Compliance and Reports’ recommendation and the SACSCOC Board of Trustees’ decision, and I am excited to usher the College into our third century with the path clearly paved,” Puto wrote. “Most importantly, throughout this entire process, at no time was our ability to deliver the highest quality Jesuit, Catholic educational experience to our students in any way impaired or disrupted.”
In a letter to the Spring Hill College community roughly a year ago, Puto said the schools continued success with enrollment and the implementation of its strategic plan would allow Spring Hill to demonstrate “a longer and sustained history of financial stability.”
This week, he said that “took many prayers and much hard work by everyone, but we have succeeded, and the future of our beloved College is now completely in our own hands.”
However, SCH’s probationary status did recently affect its attempt to gain membership in the NCAA.
In September, when the association notified Puto the Badgers had been granted an additional year within the provisional period for the 2017-18 academic year, the NCAA noted that a decision from SACS on Spring Hill’s probationary status was imminent.