Thames on Challenges

By: Stan Torgerson
By: Stan Torgerson

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The University of Southern Mississippi is currently on one year's academic probation.

Dr. Shelby Thames said that 112 of the university's 114 programs are accredited. The two that are not have not been in existence long enough for accreditation are continuing education and distance learning. They require certain information be sent to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. That, Dr. Thames said, is now being done.

"It will be fixed and, while we don't take that lightly, we're working very diligently every day to resolve that," said Thames. "I want to emphasize that we are accredited. We know the area in which we know they want to resolve some problems. We're taking care of those and they will be taken care of."

"This is a year cycle. They will meet again in December of this year. We will have visits in September by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. We'll give them our report and then the hearing will be in December and we'll get notification at that time," Thames said.

The USM president said he is very confident the report will clear the school and the problem will be gone.

"We're working very hard to make it go away and it's fixable and our people are being very good about helping," Thames said. "They're chipping in and we're making headway. It's going to be taken care of."

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