LEE COUNTY, Fla.- An accrediting group is putting Edison State College on probation for 12 months. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) finds Edison deficient in several areas of concern, including integrity.
"The school still has credits to give to students, that is not affected by probation," said SACS President Dr. Belle Wheelan, in a phone call from Virginia. "Edison has a lot of improvment to show us over the next 12 months."
Dr. Wheelan confirmed that the so-called 'course-swapping' scandal at Edison had a lot to do with the negative findings. Some students took electives, but got full credit for core classes. Some adminstrators lost their jobs because of the course-swapping scandal.
Edison issued a statement, pointing out that SACS found compliance in 7 of 14 areas of concern. It calls itself a "great" institution that can overcome the challenges. The interim president vows to show SACS next winter, that Edison has made positive changes. The school hopes to get the probation removed, next summer.
However, the damage from probation could run deep. Student Richard Shafer told WINK: "The reputation already is bad. People I come into contact with say, oh, you go to Edison? Were you part of the course scandal? It is just sad. The students are the victims."
However, adjunct professor Pam Minton says Edison has changed its ways, and become very strict on documenting course credits. She told WINK: "We are going to show that we deserve full credit. We're going to show the students that they should be happy to come here."