(Watch the Echo’s exclusive interview with President Moore at the end of this article.)
by Danielle Kirsh
Norfolk State University’s accrediting agency finished up its visit on Oct. 15 and prospects are looking very good for the university.
In a campus announcement, Interim President and CEO Eddie N. Moore, Jr. said that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) committee was able to confirm that the university submitted its paperwork on time in September and that the committee had a “very positive experience on campus.”
“There could not have been a better conclusion for Norfolk State.”
The Committee that visited campus will finalize its report and will allow Norfolk State to correct any possible factual errors on the report. After the report is submitted on Nov. 13, the SACSCOC Committees on Compliance and Reports will review it once more before it is sent to the SACSCOC Board of Trustees who will decide the fate of Norfolk State’s accreditation status.
While we are not fully clear from probation from this visit alone, we are “90 percent there” as Moore is fully confident that the Committee’s findings will be upheld in the annual SACSCOC meeting in December.
“The fundamental outcome of the Committee’s assessment was that there were no recommendations for Norfolk State University based on their review,” said Moore. “There could not have been a better conclusion for Norfolk State.”
The visit ended with an exit interview that was open to the entire campus which 60 people attended. The interview lasted about nine minutes and the Committee announced that they concluded their visit and had “no recommendations and no findings.”
“I want to thank all 5,100 [of the students] who decided to keep the faith in Norfolk State and stay with us through this challenging time. And for those students who have decided to stop out and wait and see or to transfer somewhere else, come on back home. We have room for you and we’ll welcome you back,” Moore said.
Editorial clarification: In the video, President Moore noted that the SACSCOC December Board of Trustees meeting will be in San Antonio—the meeting will be in Houston, TX.