Bishop State taken off academic probation

By: MOBILE, Ala. (AP)
By: MOBILE, Ala. (AP)

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has removed Bishop State Community College from academic probation, two years after it first cited the school for a myriad of problems.

The commission voted for the move during its meeting Tuesday in San Antonio, Texas after finding that the Mobile school is in compliance with accreditation standards.

Alabama Community College System Chancellor Bradley Byrne said there are more improvements to be made and the school is participating in a Malcolm Baldridge Quality program.

SACS first put Bishop State on probation in December 2006 after numerous financial and academic problems were discovered at the two-year college.

The accrediting agency extended that status twice in 2007.

Full accreditation means Bishop State keeps its eligibility to participate in Federal Financial Aid and allows its graduates to transfer to other institutions of higher learning.

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