HARLINGEN, RGV – UT-Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey has issued a statement regarding the latest developments with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The SACSCOC gives accreditation to universities and colleges.

In his message, Bailey said UTRGV has successfully addressed the concerns cited in SACSCOC’s probationary letter of January 11, 2017. “UTRGV remains accredited and the academic and administrative operations of the institution will continue as they have in the past,” Bailey said in his statement.

However, Bailey acknowledged UTRGV “remains on probationary status pending a SACSCOC review of the Statewide Single Audit for Fiscal Year 2017.” The Statewide Single Audit for Fiscal Year 2017 is being conducted by the Texas State Auditor’s Office.

UT-Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey is interviewed by Entravision in downtown Mercedes.

Here is Bailey’s message in full:

Message from the President

December 5, 2017

Dear Campus Community:

We are pleased to report that the SACSCOC Board announced today that UTRGV has successfully addressed the concerns cited in its probationary letter of January 11, 2017. UTRGV remains accredited and the academic and administrative operations of the institution will continue as they have in the past. However, UTRGV remains on probationary status pending a SACSCOC review of the Statewide Single Audit for FY 2017 conducted by the Texas State Auditor’s Office; the audit report is scheduled to be released in February 2018. The SACSCOC Board is scheduled to review the results of the audit and UTRGV’s resolution of any findings at the December 2018 annual meeting.

As a reminder, UTRGV remains accredited. As such, graduate and undergraduate degrees earned are awarded by an accredited university.

Just as we successfully addressed all of the issues before, we are confident that this issue will also be addressed successfully. We will receive official notification and further documentation from SACSCOC in mid-January. Please visit our accreditation FAQs page for additional information.

Sincerely,

Guy Bailey
UTRGV President