We have advised universities undergoing a review by their accrediting entity, including those placed on warning or probation and those removed from accreditation. Troutman Sanders has experience in managing disputes with accreditors and state authorizing agencies, from negotiations all the way through judicial review. We work with clients who are concerned about the possible loss of accreditation in preparing for their periodic review. Our team includes professionals who have served as members of governing boards and have many years of direct, hands-on experience in state regulation and accreditation.

We have deep experience in assisting institutions as they obtain accreditation and in maintaining that status through periodic reaffirmation reviews and in the face of structural, financial, or operational changes, and we perform due diligence in this complex arena in transactions involving the sale, acquisition, or merger of institutions.

  • Represented a private Christian college in Florida seeking reinstatement of accreditation revoked because of financial circumstances.
  • Represented a historically black college in Virginia seeking reinstatement of accreditation.
  • Represented a private college seeking reinstatement of accreditation.