In what is very bad news for the future of Virginia Intermont College (VI), its appeal of the decision of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) to terminate the college’s membership (i.e., loss of accreditation) was rejected by the SACS appeals committee. In a last ditch attempt to stay open, the college is now challenging SACS’s decision in court.
News of VI’s saga was earlier reported here.
The college stressed that it has failed to meet only 2 of SACS’s core requirements—both pertaining to financial stability. In addition, I note from the data reported in College Navigator that the college’s four-year graduation rate stands at 10%. So it seems its deficiencies go well beyond finances.
The impact on the college’s enrollment from SACS’s decision is not known.