INDIANAPOLIS - Martin University is in danger of losing its accreditation if it can't address a list of issues brought forth by the Higher Learning Commission this week – chiefly among them an "extremely low" graduation rate.
In a letter sent to university President Eugene White on Monday , the HLC informed Martin it would be placed on probation because it was out of compliance with accreditation standards.
The commission highlighted four specific "core components" that need to be addressed:
- The university is understaffed for its current student base, and recently terminated seven more faculty members and nine staff members.
- The four-year graduation rate is "extremely low" at 2.6 percent for first-time, full-time, first-year students. Retention rates have also declined continuously from 2005-2010 to the current 28 percent.
- Enrollment for fall 2014 fell 200 students short of a projected 700, resulting in a $600,000 shortfall in revenue and leaving the university in a "financially precarious position."
- The university has had four presidents in the last three years, raising "ongoing questions about the stability of leadership at the University."
Losing its accreditation could mean Martin University credits would not be accepted by other schools, and could potentially make it difficult for Martin students to qualify for federal financial aid.
In a letter to the student body sent Monday , White said the university is already addressing the issues brought forth by the commission, and that none of them are "unresolvable."
Martin is now required to submit a self-study to the Higher Learning Commission by Aug. 4 of this year showing that it has addressed the issues.
The university remains in session, and White said the probation will not affect the summer, fall 2014 or spring 2015 semesters.