Louisiana College placed on probation

School must comply with accrediting agency standards
The major accrediting agency for schools in the South has placed a Louisiana Baptist college on probation for a year for violating the agency’s standards, partly for what it called the undue influence of a Southern Baptist movement on behalf of biblical inerrancy.

Louisiana College, located in Pineville, has been roiled by controversy for several years, with much of it coming to a head in the past two years as a group of fundamentalists gained a majority on the institution’s board of directors. All board members are appointed by the Louisiana Baptist Convention.

In recent months, the college’s president, chief academic administrator and board chairman have resigned. In November—only a week after being introduced to the Louisiana Baptist Convention—the college’s newly called president unexpectedly withdrew his application for the job, citing “governance issues.”

 

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