By SEANNA ADCOX
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The fate of South Carolina State University may rest with its accrediting board.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges is expected to decide Thursday whether to keep the struggling school on probation or revoke its membership. The commission placed South Carolina's only public historically black college on probation last June due to its financial and leadership woes.
A loss of accreditation would almost certainly force the school to close, since students would no longer be eligible for federal financial aid.
The decision comes a month after the Legislature fired SC State's trustees and replaced them with a temporary, fix-it board. The newly appointed board has met twice.
SC State is among six historically black colleges currently under sanction by the accrediting board.