At a time when it is facing problems due to probation from its accrediting agency, Norfolk State University is raising the cost of tuition for it students.
The Virginian-Pilot is reporting that starting July 1, NSU will increase tuition rates for in-state, out-of-state, and part-time students.   The university said that its tuition rates remain among the most affordable in Virginia.
"Meanwhile, NSU lingers on probation until it fixes a list of shortcomings flagged by its accrediting agency. Many of the problems concern weaknesses in bookkeeping procedures," the newspaper said.

Norfolk State University is facing questions about its future following a decision by its accrediting agency to place it on probation.
According to media reports, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed the four-year university with approximately 6,000 students on probation in December 2014, following a period of being in warning status.  
As reported by Norfolk ABC affiliate 13 NewsNow,  "If Norfolk State University's accreditation is stripped away, it loses all access to federal funding and student aid. NSU would also lose its standing in the higher education community, meaning no one will accept NSU students as transfers."  
The university has been placed on probation by SACS for compliance issues relating to governance, faculty qualifications, financial stability and control over sponsored research.  SACS currently accredits colleges and universities in 11 states.
A site visit by the accrediting agency currently is planned for September 2015. 
Interim Norfolk State President Eddie Moore Jr. has publicly said that while he is disappointed by the accrediting agency's decision, the university currently expects no academic or financial impact due to probation.
Students and others with concerns about Norfolk State's accreditation who wish
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Norfolk State University is facing uncertainty following action by its accrediting agency placing it on a one-year probation due to concerns about its finances, its governance and its full-time faculty, among other identified problems.

The accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), took the action after review of monitoring reports and financial statements.  Maintaining accreditation is an essential part of an institution being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and its students being eligible for federal financial aid.

The University announced that it will host a SACSCOC Special Committee On-Site visit in the fall 2015 to demonstrate its compliance with the Principles of Accreditation—the accreditation standards of the Commission.

In an FAQ document released to the public, Norfolk State officials assured students that the school would not lose accreditation, stating in part, "While the action taken by the SACSCOC to place NSU on probation is very serious, the institution continues to be accredited. The NSU Board of Visitors and administration are fully committed and prepared to implement all of the necessary corrective actions to satisfactorily address the cited compliance areas of concern."

In addition, Norfolk State stated that responsibility for maintaining accreditation ultimately rested with its president, Eddie N. Moore, Jr., stating, "The President has the primary responsibility for ensuring that the university maintains its accreditation. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for managing the SACSCOC accreditation process."

The school of more than 6,000 students is currently celebrating its 80th anniversary.

In a disclosure statement released announcing its placement  of Norfolk State on probation, the SACSCOC explained that probation "is the most serious sanction, short of loss of membership" that the accrediting body can impose upon a member.  

In December 2015, "The SACSCOC Board of Trustees will consider the accreditation status of Norfolk State University following review of financial statements and a Second Monitoring Report submitted by the institution addressing the standards cited above for non-compliance, and the report of a Special Committee that will visit the institution in fall 2015. The Board will have the following options: (1) remove the institution from Probation without an additional report; (2) continue accreditation for good cause and continue Probation, request an additional report, and authorize a special committee visit; and (3) remove the institution from membership with SACSCOC for failure to comply with the standards or failure to meet the provisions of good cause. Commission staff will not speculate on what decision might be made by the Commission’s Board in December 2015."

If you are a student, recent graduate or other individual with a concern about the implications or reasons surrounding Norfolk State's probation with its accreditor that you wish to share with an attorney at College Watchdogs, you may do so here or by sending an e-mail to