December 5, 2017
A Message from President Christopher Puto on Accreditation
Dear Spring Hill College Community (faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and supporters), The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) announced today that it has reaffirmed Spring Hill College’s accreditation and removed the College from probation after determining the school has demonstrated a recent history of financial stability.
Spring Hill College has been accredited since 1922 by SACSCOC to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. SACSCOC is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America, with each member institution going through the accreditation process every ten years.
In June 2016, the Board of Trustees of SACSCOC placed Spring Hill College on probation for six months for being non-compliant with Comprehensive Standard 3.10.1 of the Principles of Accreditation (maintaining a recent history of financial stability). This action by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees relates back to several conditions that developed at the College and around the nation during the period between 2008 and 2012. These conditions have been successfully addressed by months of hard and dedicated work by our Board of Trustees, Cabinet members, faculty and staff.
The SACSCOC Committee on Compliance and Reports emphasized that it was extremely important to deliver the results in our revised budget for the 2018 fiscal year, as approved by our Board of Trustees Executive Committee on November 8, and which accompanied the actions we presented to the SACSCOC Committee in our hearing on December 1. It is the College administration's responsibility to deliver on this, but the Board will oversee everything from their policy role. The College has already begun several new procedures that are specifically designed to assure that there will be no surprises. We will exercise appropriate prudence on all of our decision-making throughout the remainder of this Fiscal Year and as we undertake the many activities outlined in our Strategic Plan to firmly place Spring Hill College among our nation’s premier educational institutions.
I, along with our Board of Trustees, Cabinet, faculty and staff, will be working diligently through the coming year to usher the College into our third century with the path clearly paved.
Christopher P. Puto, PhD ’64, President