Published: Jun 20, 2013 12:02 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 20, 2013 2:04 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Edison State College has officially been taken off probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or SACS, and has been granted full re-accreditation.

"The long nightmare is over, ladies and gentlemen," Edison State College President Jeff Allbritten said in a news conference held on the Fort Myers campus just before noon.

Dr. Allbritten was welcomed as the new president in July of 2012, in the wake of several controversies, including top administrators allowing a number of students to skip over core classes needed for their degrees.

“As I have said often, accreditation is not an event, but a process of continuous renewal and improvement. While this is an outstanding accomplishment, we must maintain our process of continuous improvement,” said Dr. Allbritten. “I want to thank each person that has worked so hard over a long period of time to address the findings of noncompliance that were a result of the prior visit. Also, I am appreciative of the College’s willingness to work with me on realigning our academic organization, filling our leadership positions, and improving our systems. I believe the outcome of the vote today shows that we are taking the “right steps” for Edison State to better serve our students and region.”

Edison State College will have regularly-scheduled reviews, beginning with a five-year interim report in September, 2017, and its 10-year review in 2022. These reviews are standard for all colleges and universities that are accredited by the SACSCOC.