WJTV News Channel 12 - SACS removes Virginia Intermont's membership

SACS removes VI's membership, school will lose accreditation unless there is a successful appeal

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BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) -

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) told Virginia Intermont College officials that the accrediting board decided to remove the school's SACS membership today, that's according to a statement on Virginia Intermont's website. This means the school could lose its accreditation.

However, Virginia Intermont College officials said the school will appeal SACS decision, meaning VI will continue to be accredited through the appeal process.

In the statement, VI officials said SACS decision "...is based solely on the College's financial position and not on academic programs."

"We are surprised and extremely disappointed with this decision.  However, because of our close consultation with SACS staff over the past two months and their acknowledgement of our progress, we know exactly what we need to do to protect the College, our students, and our accreditation," said President E. Clorisa Phillips in a statement. "We deeply appreciate the support of the community and will keep all of our constituents updated as changes occur."

News Channel 11 went to Virginia Intermont College this evening and school officials said they would not grant any interviews and they stand by the statement on their website.

Here is a link to the statement: http://bit.ly/1axFZWJ

Look for updates to this story on WJHL.com and on News Channel 11.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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