Virginia Intermont College Faces Loss of Accreditation Over Financial Woes

Virginia Intermont College, a private, liberal-arts institution in Bristol, Va., is facing the loss of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges because of financial troubles, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The commission’s Board of Trustees announced on Thursday that it was recommending that the college be removed from its membership rolls. Last December the commission said that it had denied reaffirmation of the college’s accreditation and had placed it on probation for six months.

In a written statement, the college said it would appeal the commission’s decision immediately. It added that the commission’s decision had stemmed solely from the college’s financial situation, and said the college had made progress on its finances during the probationary period. The college will remain accredited during its appeal.

E. Clorisa Phillips, Virginia Intermont’s president, said in the statement that the college was “surprised and extremely disappointed” by the commission’s decision, and added that the college knew what it needed to do to retain its accreditation.

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