FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has been on Edison State College's campus for the last several days determining if the college deserves certification for another 10 years.
This visit came at a time when the school is under fire, and a lot is on the line.
In the last month, the Vice President of the Lee campus was
suspended, and the Vice President of Academic Affairs was fired.
Both expressed they were retaliated against for raising concerns over practices at the college.
The accreditation committee made 14 recommendations Thursday, including:
- Edison must provide evidence that they have safeguards ensuring the institution's integrity is not compromised.
-Undergraduate program requirements must be consistently enforced.
- Edison must demonstrate that they have qualified administrative and academic officers
Edison State College District President, Dr. Kenneth Walker says none of these came as a surprise.
"We all want to move forward, working together to improve the college, and to be a better institution," Walker said. "That's really the purpose behind this re-affirmation. Remember, we are here to serve the students, and whatever we do, ought to be based on, let's keep this institution high quality for our students."
There has been some misconception on this issue. Edison State College is currently certified. This is simply process that runs in 10-year cycles.
A final decision on Edison's re-accreditation will be made next June.