Accrediting agency places Norfolk State on probation; move follows warning after investigation


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NORFOLK, Virginia — Norfolk State University's accrediting agency is putting the school on probation.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced the decision on Tuesday.

The Virginian-Pilot reports ( that Tuesday's move follows a year-long effort by the school to turn itself around.

Last year, Norfolk State received a warning from the agency following an investigation highlighting the university's failure to finish financial audits for two consecutive years.

The agency had found evidence of "significant" problems with the university's administration, governance and finances. Accreditation officials say those concerns have escalated.

School leaders were given until this September to submit a report demonstrating that they'd corrected the problems.

University President Eddie Moore Jr. says the decision stands in contrast to the progress the school has made under his leadership.

Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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