FVSU's Full Accreditation Affirmed | Schools
In a message released to Fort Valley State University faculty and staff, President Larry E. Rivers has announced that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has voted to affirm the university’s full accreditation.
Rivers stated, “This means that our accreditation now is without qualification of any kind.”
The SACS action came at its annual December meeting held in Dallas, Texas, on Monday and Tuesday, December 10 and 11, 2012. At the same meeting one year earlier, the organization had placed FVSU on a “warning” status. That action had been aimed at encouraging rapid resolution of specified audit concerns, including issues related to faculty credentialing, financial aid, and specified fiscal procedures.
By telephone from Dallas, Rivers explained, “For the most part, FVSU in December 2011 already had implemented needed reforms or was on the verge of implementing them. We felt confident that, once these reforms had proved their worth, the warning status would be lifted. I thank SACS and its leadership for working with us to arrive at this very satisfactory end to the process.”
Rivers’ message lauded FVSU faculty and staff for the good news. He declared, “Credit for this excellent conclusion goes to all of you who have worked tirelessly and also sacrificed for the good of our students and our historic institution of higher learning. Obstacles large and small truly have been overcome, not least of which have been financial constraints brought about the worse economic recession since the Great Depression. Still, the FVSU Family has proved once again that it is more than capable of remarkable effort to meet imposing challenges.”
Having established a solid and efficient foundation for university fiscal operations, Rivers also has made clear the university’s determination to maintain and build upon its current standing. He stated, “FVSU’s commitment now and for the future is to strong fiscal management practices. Our desire is to attain the highest standards for the benefit of our university and our state.”
Rivers became FVSU’s eighth president in March 2006. Enrollment at the time had dropped to less than 2,000, and the school had endured a variety of chronic financial and programmatic issues. Despite an enrollment decline in fall 2012, the total has mounted since 2006 to nearly 3,600. Those students live and learn on a revitalized campus complemented with new and renovated facilities while pursuing a broad variety of traditional and recently implemented undergraduate and graduate programs.
FVSU is a member institution of the University System of Georgia and the state’s only 1890 land-grant institution.