Aunque las autoridades de la UDLA sigan negando la realidad, ésta es terca y los desmiente:
Artículo publicado el día de hoy en The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Accreditor Puts Three Universities on Probation and Extends Another's Probation
By DAN CARNEVALE
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the nation's six regional accrediting organizations, put Texas Southern University, Texas Tech University, and the University of the Americas-Puebla on probation at its annual meeting on Tuesday. (...)
The accrediting association held its annual meeting in New Orleans, where officials evaluated the progress and problems of its member institutions. Colleges that are on probation risk losing their accreditation, which threatens the legitimacy and credibility of the institution. Unaccredited institutions in the United States also cannot participate in federal financial-aid programs.
Texas Southern University has been in the news for the past year with financial troubles, including accusations against a former president for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in university money on personal expenses. The institution's former president, Priscilla D. Slade, who was fired last year, was recently spared conviction of financial-mismanagement by a hung jury.
Belle S. Wheelan, president of the accrediting association's Commission on Colleges, said it was those financial problems that led to Texas Southern being put on probation.
The association put the University of the Americas-Puebla, an elite, private, liberal-arts institution in Mexico, on probation for one year for failing to rectify concerns over governance and financial stability (The Chronicle, December 14).
Over the past two years, and under the tenure of the now-former rector Pedro Ãngel Palou García (he resigned in late November), critics say control over the university has become concentrated in the hands of the Mary Street Jenkins Foundation. The private, family-run organization owns the university's land and has long provided financial support for the institution. However, academics at the university say the organization's new generation of leaders is running the university as a corporate venture and not a research institution.
"The hope is the university will accept the judgment as a challenge to rectify the problems," said Mark Ryan, a former international-relations professor and a founder of the residential-college systems at the university.
Ms. Wheelan said the move to put the university on probation came automatically because the institution had already been on warning status for one year. "They were making some progress, but not enough," she said.