According to SACS, Southern provided documentation asserting that the university identifies student-learning outcomes for its educational programs, however Southern’s institutional effectiveness is still in a development stage. “Evidence of results of assessment of these outcomes or actual use of the results of assessment for improvement was not adequately documented,” the letter says.
Dr. Llorens told the Times-Picayune in an interview that the probation is linked to a continuing review of institutional effectiveness stemming back to Southern’s reaffirmation of accreditation, and that he is ‘very confident’ the probation will be lifted.
On one end, Mason maintains that advancing Southern beyond dangerous state cuts without dangerous layoffs and ending programs requires the university to grow its enrollment, and that online degree offerings are the way to do it quickly and effectively. The System has brokered with the Education Online Services Corp., a company that has worked with several HBCUs to introduce online offerings.
But Mason has become the source of contention by the SUS faculty, suggesting that he has entered into a contract that doesn’t yield maximum revenues for Southern, hasn’t yet proven as a practical enrollment booster, and executed without faculty input.