Edinburg(KFXV) – The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley(UTRGV) is still making headlines. This time the university has bee put on probation for 12 months. This news puts the future of many students and employees at risk.

In addition, the 12-month probation may put at risk the university’s reputation.

UTRGV President, Guy Bailey was notified on Tuesday that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on colleges had placed the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley on probation.

In a statement, Bailey attributes timing issues involved with the development of UTRGV as meeting transition deadlines, was an issue.

Losing accreditation could have long term looming implications on students, such as financial aid. The federal government does not provide financial aid to non-accredited institutions. This will also make it difficult to find admission to another school, who will accept the credits, in order for these students to complete their degree or program.

In its first year, URGV awarded 5,400 degrees and kept a first-year retention rate of 80%.

UTRGV officials expecting further documentation from the federal mandated commission in mid-January and will be taking steps to address this situation.

We will continue to watch this very concerning issue.