The truth, not alternative facts about the status of TSU

William T. Robinson, Jr.

Read and read carefully. Tennessee State University has not lost its accreditation. TSU remains a viable and top-rated university. Its students and the community can continue to hold in high esteem and be proud of its reigning accomplishments and achievements. TSU continues to be a top-notched, first rated university in regards to its academic programs, leadership role, community programs, renowned research, and other noted contributions on a local, state, national and international level.

Unfortunately, misinformation continues to be spread contrary to the facts and truth surrounding the viability and future of TSU. It is true that TSU is undergoing a one-year probationary period for failing to meet a part of one of 25 standards required by SACS for accreditation. The truth is that an infraction of this caliber is commonly flagged among universities and doesn’t usually warrant losing one’s accreditation. TSU still upholds its accreditation during this one-year probationary period.

I will attempt to make it as simple as possible for the average concerned person to understand. TSU falls under the supervision of (SACS and SCC) the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and Schools Commission on Colleges—setting the guidelines for the university’s accreditation.

TSU officials fell short of supplying documentation to satisfy part of one of the 25 standards, although the other 24 were fully met. To make it as succinct as possible: documentation was not provided to show how data formulated was effectively being used to improve student outcomes (this is one of the requirements required by SACS to keep accreditation). This requirement can be referred to as data-driven improvement efforts.

TSU’s President Glenda Glover has ensured all parties concerned that measures have been set in motion to remedy this infraction with immediate urgency to comply with all of SAC’s standards and core requirements. It is basically a matter of submitting omitted information that is readily available or attainable. To further avoid questioning accreditation in the future, the university has hired an external consultant and is looking to add an administrator to focus on accreditation.

Once again, note that TSU remains fully accredited during this one-year probationary period. Its classes, research, and community work will continue unscathed and intact. That is the truth. Remedying the probation infraction is a matter of submitting omitted data that is already available.

Be wary of those so quick and adamant to try to discredit the valuable significance of our most beloved and valued university. TSU’s role in academics and cutting edge research literally guarantees its celebrated continuance for years to come.

Accreditation is intended to ensure constituents and the public of the quality and integrity of higher educational institutions and programs. Evaluations, using established standards and core requirements, are used to ensure continuous improvement in educational institutions and programs.

If you did your homework and learned of the many innovated programs and national distinctions TSU holds (such as a Carnegie Designated High Research School R2), you could understand why the school’s accreditation is not something taken lightly. TSU is instrumental in cutting edge research addressing critical challenges in our society as it relates to biotechnology, nanomaterials, health sciences, astrophysics, business, and engineering.

Those who may be looking to see the fall of TSU will continue to wait in vain. Don’t they know, ‘TSU Got It Going On’? TSU losing its accreditation is highly, and I repeat highly, unlikely.