The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Colleges announced the punishment against the troubled historically-black Orangeburg college, saying the school has a number of problems not addressed this past year.
The association noted SC State’s handling of financial resources, lack of qualified administrative officers, lack of financial stability, and other problems. The group said school officials have failed to comply with the requirements. According to the Associated Press, SACS president Belle Wheelan said the probation will last for one year. Wheelan said the school needs to demonstrate that it has enough money to operate and ensure that the people who are hired are qualified.
The school is currently facing a $13.5 million shortfall. The Budget and Control Board has approved a $6 million loan for the school to deal with its oldest bills. An audit earlier this year found college leaders had improperly converted $6.5 million in agricultural research funds to hide a worsening deficit.
School president Thomas Elzey said he thinks the probation will be temporary.