College accrediting body to LSU: Who is in charge?

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According to a remarkable story today by Associated Press correspondent Melinda Deslatte, “The LSU governing board’s decision to merge two of the system’s top jobs has raised concerns from the Georgia-based organization that accredits Southern colleges, which is pressing for more details about the changes.”

The story is very much worth reading in its entirely, but the most amazing passage concerns a letter from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to a LSU Baton Rouge official:

The news reports point out that you are not only the CEO of LSU A&M College but also CEO of LSU System, which raises questions about compliance,” Barry Goldstein, vice president of SACS Commission on Colleges, wrote to Jenkins in an Oct. 29 letter.

The letter came after Goldstein emailed T. Gilmour Reeve, vice provost for academic affairs at LSU’s main campus, asking who was the university’s chancellor.

Goldstein said SACS wasn’t notified that Chancellor Mike Martin left the Baton Rouge campus to lead the Colorado State University System and instead read it in news reports, along with information about the plans to merge the president and chancellor’s jobs.

A letter announcing Jenkins’ appointment as chancellor “should have gone out as soon as it occurred,” Goldstein wrote.

Perhaps I can be of some assistance here. The person is charge of LSU is Gov. Bobby Jindal. This blog post from September might help.

3 thoughts on “College accrediting body to LSU: Who is in charge?

  1. Spot on. I’m only a sophomore but I’ve heard things from others about the school’s unstable position with SACS. Bobby Jindal is using this saga of “education reform” so he has something to point to when he runs for president in 2016. I’m no Democrat, but this is infuriating.

    It’s also telling that the board had to re-pass the proposal since it violated the open-meeting policy. Availability for public input was offered only after-the-fact.

    As a well-known resident of East Lakeshore Drive once put it: “there’s more politics in the city of Baton Rouge than all of Washington, D.C.”


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