Experts: Penn State warning is serious, necessary
Published: August 14, 2012 11:12AM
Updated: August 14, 2012 11:12AM
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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, Penn State University President Rodney Erickson speaks during a town hall meeting with alumni in King of Prussia, Pa. Erickson said Monday Aug. 13, 2012, that the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, "wants us to document that steps we have already taken and are planning to take will ensure our full compliance with its requirements." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Philadelphia • Higher education experts say an accreditation warning issued to Penn State is serious and appropriate given the issues raised by a recent child sex-abuse scandal, but the school is unlikely to lose its accreditation.

They also expect the university to comply quickly with demands to show its governance, finances and integrity meet standards set by its accreditation agency.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education issued the warning last week based on the school’s handling of molestation allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Judith Eaton, president of the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation, said Tuesday that it’s highly unlikely Penn State will end up on probation or lose its accreditation. Students cannot use federal funds — including Pell grants and government loans — to attend unaccredited schools.