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Conflicting social media posts announce Friday classes after noon cancelled

Conflicting social media posts announce Friday classes after noon cancelled

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Conflicting social media posts announce Friday classes after noon cancelled
March 24
22:47 2016

Lisa Dreher | Staff Writer


Classes scheduled after noon were cancelled Friday to show students, faculty and staff gratitude after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges visited the campus last week, UNT president Neal Smatresk said.

Initial reports on social media said classes after noon on Friday were canceled due to the university being re-accredited Thursday by SACSCOC, but Smatresk later said that the university only received positive feedback Thursday from the SACSCOC reaffirmation team, increasing UNT’s chances of being renewed for accreditation. The results from the team will be released next year.

The first notice of this cancellation came midday Thursday on social media. Additionally, not all faculty, staff and students were emailed about Friday’s schedule. As of Thursday night, several students said they did not have a notice in their inbox.

The UNT Facebook account said the amount of university email accounts has slowed down the transmission of them.

“We’ve been told that it takes students longer to receive bulk emails due to the fact that information is going out to almost 37,000,” UNT’s Facebook account said. “Please be patient.”

Online classes are unaffected by the cancellation, and Willis Library will remain open as usual. The UNT Health Center, Pohl Recreation Center and parts of the University Union will be open for usual operating hours with reduced staffing, the announcement said.

With regard to the potential for re-accreditation, students who graduate from accredited universities are more appealing to employers because their institution holds a high reputation, according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s website.

The reaffirmation team visits accredited schools every 10 years to decide if a university qualifies for the accreditation title. The Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement document states the standards higher education institutions must meet. 

Universities under review must submit a compliance certification document about six months prior to the reaffirmation team’s visit. This document judges how they follow these principles, and, overall, requires them to have an appropriate mission, resources and goals to uphold the status, the agency’s website said.

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