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South Carolina State University announced Thursday that it will keep its accreditation for another year.

South Carolina State was placed on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools last year because of finance and governance issues. It continues on probation.

Announcing the decision, Acting President Dr. Franklin Evans said “S.C. State University is open for business and we are here to stay.”

On Tuesday, a five-member delegation appeared before a SACS compliance and review committee to show why SCSU should retain its accreditation.

“We are very pleased by the commission’s decision,” Evans said. “The meeting was productive and fruitful. Of all the possible options open to the commission, this is clearly the best possible and most reasonable outcome.”

Evans said 90 percent of the committee’s questions dealt with financial issues and only one question focused on the quality of academic programs.

Evans said, “My response highlighted the many national accreditations of specific programs of study, the credentials of the faculty and the excellence of our teaching and learning, affirming that the academic quality and reputation of South Carolina State University are very strong.”

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