|Published:||Jul 31, 2012 6:07 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 31, 2012 6:07 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Edison State College welcomed its new president on Tuesday. The first order of business, taking on the accreditation issues that surfaced under former leadership.
Jeff Allbritten says he's addressing the past, but is confident about the future.
"I just have to get my arms around it and find out what the major issues are," he said.
The college is currently on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or SACS.
"It's one thing to say you're getting your house in order, but [SACS] were looking for long-term substantiation," Allbritten stated.
Edison has not lost its accreditation, but will have to show progress in correcting issues before it is reaffirmed.
"Integrity is key. I like to have competent people around me but without integrity that doesn't mean much," he said.
Edison students, like Derek Pettit say they're still worried.
"I hope is that they either get it all worked out or that I finish my AA Degree and transfer to another university before they lose their accreditation," Pettit said, "I do feel more secure with a new president. Hopefully he takes more care and works to improve this place."
This is not Allbritten's first working experience with Edison. He lead the Collier campus for 8-years.
The college must make improvements before June 2013, when the commission's board will vote again on whether the school's accreditation should be renewed.