A few weeks ago, before Joe Paterno's statue was removed, Eli wrote in a post entitled Death Penalty
Today Middle States, Penn State's accrediting agency, started the guillotine moving. They notified Rodney Erikson, the President of Penn State, that
Folks, that ain't the death penalty Penn State has to worry about. Accreditation at US institutions of higher learning runs through cooperative associations of colleges and universities, who certify to the US Department of Education. That ain't whiffle ball because all federal funding, student loans, research grants and more depend on that certification.
. . . . its accreditation is in jeopardy based on information contained in the institutionally commissioned Report of the Special Investigative Counsel (Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP, July 12, 2012) and the Binding Consent Decree Imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and Accepted by the Pennsylvania State University (July 23, 2013) and insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with the Requirements of Affiliation 5 (compliance with all applicable government policies, regulations, and requirements) and 9 (institution's governing body responsibility for the quality and integrity of the institution, for ensuring that the institution's mission is being carried out, and for making freely available to the Commission accurate, fair, and complete information on all aspects of the institution and its operations) and with Standard 4 (Leadership and Governance) and Standard 6 (Integrity). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report due by September 30, 2012 documenting steps that have been taken and are planned to ensure the institution's full compliance with Requirements of Affiliation 5 and 9 as well as Accreditation Standards 4 and 6. In addition, to request that the monitoring report also address Accreditation Standard 3 (Institutional Resources) with regard to the institution's capacity and plans for addressing financial obligations that will or may result from the investigation and related settlements, etc.Details of the action and its meaning can be found at the Middle States website as well as links describing the process and the range of actions and penalties.
Eli wrote earlier this offers the accrediting agencies the opportunity to get control of athletics if they dare. The implications of this matter extend well beyond Penn State.
As a codicil allow Eli to say that he knows well many faculty members at Penn State and men and women, they are all excellent scientists. As for Integrity, he would park his last carrot with them.