The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has reaffirmed Oglethorpe University’s accreditation, according to the Brookhaven liberal arts college.
SACS originally required Oglethorpe to improve compliance in two Core Requirements and four Comprehensive Standards, mainly focused on assessment reporting and financial standards. The school had been on warning status since 2007, but remained fully accredited throughout the SACS review process.
“We are gratified that SACS has confirmed both the academic and financial strength of the university,” Oglethorpe President Dr. Lawrence M. Schall said. “Oglethorpe continues to provide a superb education because of its outstanding and dedicated faculty.”
Oglethorpe, founded in 1835, reports recent gains, including: enrollment (1,081) is highest in school history; admission applications have increased from 1,000 to 5,000; SAT scores are up 50 points; philanthropic support has risen; its Center for Civic Engagement received a renewed $1 million grant for the next three years.
Board Chairman Jack Guynn said, “The board is enthusiastic about the extraordinary progress Oglethorpe has made. As Oglethorpe approaches the 175th anniversary of its founding, we could not be more optimistic about the university’s future.”