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College accrediting body questions LSU job merger

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Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:21 AM
Updated: Nov 28, 2012 9:21 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: lsu, merger, sacs, accreditation, william jenkins, wbrz, louisiana

BATON ROUGE - The LSU governing board's decision to merge two of the system's top jobs has raised concerns from the Georgia-based organization that accredits Southern colleges, which is pressing for details about the changes.

Leaders of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools questioned whether LSU officials are in compliance with accreditation standards. They outlined concerns in emails and a letter to LSU officials.

At issue are the appointment of William Jenkins as both interim chancellor of LSU's flagship campus and interim president of the LSU System and the board's plan to consolidate the positions.

SACS officials say a merger needs approval from its Commission on Colleges before it can be done.

Jenkins and LSU leaders say they are providing more information to SACS and are in compliance with accreditation standards.

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