Accreditation agency lifts UNC-Chapel Hill’s probation

UNC Chancellor Carol Folt makes announcement that the University has been taken off probation.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – The accreditation agency that placed the University of North Carolina on probation last year confirmed that it voted today to lift the probation.

“Our work to reach this point today has been extensive,” UNC Chancellor Carol Folt said in a video message. “The commitment has been truly a Carolina-wide commitment to get it right.”

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) put UNC on probation last June following a two-decade scandal involving academic fraud.

The agency put the university on notice in 2011 when the investigation began and sent a warning letter in 2014 following the Wainstein report that found bogus classes.

“We’ve demonstrated that reforms we instituted are working and working well,” Folt said. “Where we are today has taken deep introspection. It’s taken admission that we needed to focus more in certain key areas.”

She said the University has instituted lasting change that reflects excellence.

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