New Edison acting president talks accreditation
Dr. Patricia Land speaks to media for the first time Friday afternoon about the plan to keep the school's accrediation.Photo: Video by fox4now.com
FORT MYERS - The new acting president of Edison, Dr. Patricia Land, is speaking out for the first time.
On Friday, Land told media and several dozen faculty members that students don't need to worry about their taxpayer funded college losing accrediation.
Land has been at Edison since 2002, as the president of the Charlotte County Campus. Fox 4 asked her tough questions on behalf of the thousands of students whose degrees are on the line.
"It's a shame and it's sad that hundreds of students are having this happen to them," Edison sophomore Dakota Struense said.
Struense didn't ask to be put in this situation; paying for a degree that could be diminished if the school loses accrediation.
"We know what's going on," she said, of the school's accrediation situation.
Struense plans on transferring to FGCU in the fall but she's worries some of the classes she's already taken won't be accepted.
"It's horrible because you pay out of pocket and you are expecting that the time you invested in school and the time you spent invested in working to pay for school would actually pay off," she said.
Edison has 14 problems that need fixing by the spring to keep it's accrediation," said Struense.
Edison's new acting president, says they're working on it.
"Can you tell me specifically what steps you're going to take to address the accrediation issues?" Fox 4 reporter Colleen Hogan asked Land.
"Absolutely, as best as I can," Land said. "What I'm going to be doing is working with all of the operational areas that are impacted by these recommendations and we are setting in place a path, we're gonna put forth a timeline for how we're going to prepare for our April response."
But could Edison lose its accreditation?
"That's not gonna happen," said Land. "The State of Florida is not going to allow Edison to lose it's accreditation."
Land is the acting president until an interim president can be found. Trustees hope to have a permanent president in place by the time the fall semester starts.