Accrediting agency team visiting University of Virginia this week

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - An accreditation review team this week will review governance issues at the University of Virginia following the Board of Visitors' failed attempt to oust President Teresa Sullivan last year.

University spokesman Anthony de Bruyn tells The Daily Progress that representatives from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools will be in Charlottesville through Wednesday.

The commission put U.Va. on warning in December. It concluded that a minority of U.Va. board members attempted to oust Sullivan. It also said faculty leaders weren't consulted on or alerted to the decision.

Association president Belle Wheelan says a committee will investigate whether U.Va. ensures that important decisions aren't being done by a few board members behind closed doors.

The association, which accredits most major universities in the Southeast and hundreds of community colleges across the country, will issue its findings by December.

"We're going to go in and verify they've done what they've promised to do," Wheelan said.


Information from: The Daily Progress,