Paine graduate helps resurrect and preserve local Georgia history

Posted by ncarter | 10/13/2011 06:44 AM

Story Courtesy of Savannah Herald

(Savannah, GA)- Bridget Stephens, a senior English Literature and Language major at Savannah State University and a member of the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Eric Jonas Stephens a graduate of Paine College and a historian, researcher and a doctoral student in the History Department at Auburn University, were selected to participate in the Breaking New Ground program, an oral history project focusing on the lives of African American farm owners since the Civil War. Both individuals were afforded the opportunity to be trained by two premier oral historians from New York and Illinois as well as gain hands on experience of conducting oral history, which included learning how to properly collect oral interviews and understand the importance of landownership to the aspirations of freedmen and women and their descendents.

Their summer was spent collecting over thirty oral interviews from African American farm owners from the Southwestern region of Georgia; focusing on communities in Decatur, Miller, Baker and Seminole counties. These interviews, which will be archived at the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, hope to illuminate the lived experiences of African American farmers from the 1930’s until the present. A part from the interviews being archived for historical preservation at Chapel Hill’s Southern Oral History Program (SOHP), they were also collected as part of Breaking New Ground, a two year project with the goal of providing a basis for beginning to understand another important facet of Southern life, history and culture, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program’s sole purpose was to collect oral interviews which are intended to unearth the history of black farm owning families from the early twentieth century to the present, because historians have minimal information about African American actually owning farm land.

Both individuals were humbly gracious to be a part of such a historically ground breaking program and are astounded about the accomplishments they have given to not only the history of their community, but also to the history of Georgia and the South. Mr. Stephens states that: “As an historian-in-training at Auburn University, Breaking New Ground has provided me with the confidence to conduct and frame historical narratives and better understand the correlation between ownership, renting and sharecropping of land.” For Ms. Stephens, who worked with her brother, Mr. Stephens on this project states that she was “amazed by every story that I have the opportunity to collect. Growing up in a rural community I never thought my small community had such rich African American landowning history. I had the chance to listen to firsthand accounts of just how much of a rite landowning was to the African American development, sense of value and self-worth.

Ms. Bridget Stephens and Mr. Eric Jonas Stephens both confirmed that this is one of the greatest educational experiences that they have ever had. They are both confident in the fact that projects such as Breaking New Ground provide scholars with a chance to recapture a certain memory or moment in time and that moment’s interaction with the present; in essence a way of holding onto the elemental things that

To view story visit: http://savannahherald.net/two-scholars-help-resurrect-and-preserve-local-georgia-history-p2265-92.htm

(Reprinted from Savannah Herald)

Paine College to crown Miss and Mr. Paine College 2011-2012

Posted by ncarter | 10/12/2011 11:16 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - The coronation of Miss and Mr. Paine College 2011-2012 will be held on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Gilbert- Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Ms. Tamakia King and Mr. Michael A. Jones, II will take their places as student ambassadors for the academic school year. The pageant is FREE and open to the pubic. The attire is business casual.

About Tamakia King

King serves as Miss Paine College Elect 2011-2012. She is a native of Inglewood, California and her family currently resides in Moreno Valley, California. She is the daughter of Larry and Rosalind King. King is a senior Media Studies major with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations. Since her arrival at Paine College she has been actively involved in a number of activities and organizations including: Pre Alumni Council, Paine College Communications Association, Wesley Fellowship, The Marketing Club, The Lions Activity Board, and the American Marketing Association.

She is a member of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and has held leadership positions as Vice President of the Paine College Communications Association, Resident Hall Assistant, Miss Kappa Alpha Psi 2010-2011 and currently serves as a member of the Paine College Student Government Association.  Her community involvement includes volunteering with the Shiloh Community Center, Girl Scouts of America, and the Greater than AIDS Campaign in partnership with the Black AIDS Institute in Los Angeles, California.

During her reign, King plans to focus on executing her platform titled The Royal Induction: Call of Duty. The purpose of her platform is to encourage her fellow students to walk in their callings of greatness and not in their current situations. She plans to host a "Queen" series of programs centered around her platform and the promotion the College’s core values especially Service.  This semester she and other Paine College students will participate in the 11th Annual Miracle Mile Walk on October 15th to join the Augusta community in raising breast cancer awareness.

King plans to attend graduate school immediately following graduation and aspires to own a Christian public relations firm as well as have a nonprofit organization that works to eliminate illiteracy amongst young men ages 9- 13 in impoverished communities.


About Michael Aaron Jones, II

Jones serves the student body and Paine College community in the capacity of Mr. Paine College Elect 2011-2012. He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, where his family currently resides. He is the son of Tara Jones and Willie Gulley. Jones is a junior English major. Since his arrival at Paine College he has been actively involved in a number of activities and organizations including: Towdah Mime Ministry, Resident Hall Association, English Club, and Wesley Fellowship.

Jones is a member of the Brother to Brother Mentoring Program, where he currently serves as the President.  He has held leadership positions as Mr. Sophomore, Resident Hall Assistant, Mr. Crème de la Crème, and he is presently a member of the Paine College Student Government Association.  His community involvement includes volunteering with the St. Luke Church and the Greater than AIDS Campaign.

During his reign, Jones plans to focus on executing his platform entitled “Are You Listening?” This is an initiative for the restoration of the voice of the student body on campus and in the community. It calls for his fellow Paineites to utilize the power their voices possess in order to ensure the continued success of the institution.  In conjunction with the Brother to Brother Mentoring Program, Jones plans on reaching out to area middle and high schools, as he focuses on the restoration of the male image. The foundation of his campaign was based on “leading with integrity”, one of Paine College’s core values, which he plans to instill in each student and member of the local community to ensure Paine College thrives as a prominent Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

Jones plans to attend law school immediately following graduation and aspires to start his own law firm that deals with International Affairs and teach English and Music courses in underprivileged public school systems. 

For more information, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu .

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Paine College receives the U.S. Department of Education’s Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) award

Posted by Admin | 10/4/2011 17:43 PM

(Augusta, GA)—Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that 12 colleges and universities that serve large minority populations will receive $2,898,578 in grants to strengthen education programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Paine College was one of twelve institutions to receive the U.S. Department of Education’s Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) award.  Under the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP), grants were awarded to institutions in California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Texas to increase the number of ethnic minorities, particularly ethnic women, studying in STEM fields.

"These grants will help prepare more minority students for STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers, which are in high-demand and critical to building a competitive workforce that will grow our economy," Duncan said.

Funds awarded to Paine College for the first year will be $240,129 and will total $739,481 over the course of the three-year program.  This project will be lead by Dr. J. Derek Stone, Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology and co-directed by three Paine mathematics and computer science faculty members, Dr. C.P. Abubucker, Mrs. Komala Balakrishnan, and Dr. Lixin Wang. Additionally, Dr. Molly Zhou, of the Department of Education, will serve as program evaluator. 
The overarching goal of the program is to develop the mathematical skills of Paine College students in order to improve their overall performance in STEM courses. 

The program is arranged in to three (3) components: 1) A summer enrichment program to give incoming freshman the opportunity to develop their mathematical skills and improve their preparedness for college mathematics courses; 2) A STEM curriculum revision to enhance and update content and activities, and create a meaningful and stimulating, hand-on learning environment for students (particularly in mathematics courses); 3) Student retention and development activities will involve opportunities to conduct summer and academic year research with Paine faculty and present findings at scientific conferences. 

This program will help fulfill the need of producing high quality STEM majors and graduates to meet STEM career demands, which will ultimately benefit Paine College, but our city, our region and our country.

MSEIP supports the Administration's overall goal of improving STEM education to increase America's technological and scientific competitiveness. In addition to the goal of these grants – to expand career opportunities for underrepresented groups, especially women --the Administration is also working to improve the quality of math and science teaching in our Nation's schools so that students can master challenging content, think critically in STEM-related subjects, and are no longer outperformed by students in other nations.

MSEIP is currently supporting 38 continuation grants, in addition to the 12 three-year grants awarded today.

 For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

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Paine College Gets Ready For FREE Community Festival: PaineFest 2011

Posted by ncarter | 10/4/2011 06:34 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College will host its annual PaineFest event, October 22, 2011 on the campus of Paine College from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The eagerly anticipated PaineFest is an annual campus event that occurs during the month of October. PaineFest is designed to bring people together of all ages and backgrounds to engage in activities that connect the Paine College community with the broader community through its core values of excellence, appreciation of heritage, integrity, fiscal responsibility and service. This year’s theme is “Going from Good to Great in the Community”.


Last year, the event attracted more than 1,500 visitors. This year the College expects a much larger crowd.
"The institution wants to go from good to great in the community. We want to be good neighbors,” said Brandon Brown, vice president of Institutional Advancement.  “Events such as this allow us to share with the community the direction that Paine College is moving.”


 
All PaineFest events are designed for the CSRA community to enjoy. Admission is FREE and open to the public. The College has teamed up with several churches, schools and community groups to plan events that will be fun and enlightening. The community is invited the to register for the Stage Exhibitions, which will feature performances from aspiring dancers, singers, and choirs. Local cooks and restaurants can register and compete in The Great Barbeque Cook-Off Competition.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their families to enjoy the free festivities. There will be a special Painefest Tribute to Wounded Warriors, Veterans and Enlisted Soldiers scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m. on the campus of Paine College.  The tribute will feature Disciples of Praise – a 40-voice acappella make chorus, and Abatsu African American Drummers and Dancers. 

"It’s our way of saying thank you to the Augusta community,” Brown said. “One of the things we’ve done is really look at the dedication and commitment our troops have made — engage and talk with soldiers, interview them, and we really want to recognize these soldiers."  

Children can look forward to the Children’s Art Village sponsored by Wells Fargo, will include face-painting, arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, inflatable and much more. Adults can enjoy food court, vendors’ court, art exhibition and book signings by Georgia and South Carolina Authors.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE PAINE COLLEGE CAMPUS.

Please visit www.paine.edu/PAINEFEST for additional information.


To register for the Great BBQ Cook-Off, Stage Exhibitions or to become a vendor call (706) 396-7591. For more information, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (678) 215-8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

See attached PaineFest 2011 event schedule.


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The Color Purple actress Desreta Jackson to speak at Paine College Assembly

Posted by ncarter | 09/23/2011 07:07 AM

(Augusta, GA)- The Paine College Department of Media Studies will host actress and entrepreneur, Desreta Jackson on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Jackson is best known for her shockingly raw portrayal of young Miss Celie, in the The Color Purple, winner of a 1983 Pulitzer Prize, and later film and Broadway musical.

The Paine College Drama Club will host a Theatrical Guidance Forum featuring Jackson on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, Odeum. The Office of Institutional Advancement will also host a reception for Jackson on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in the Candler Memorial Library Building beginning at 5:00 p.m.
 
ABOUT DESRETA JACKSON

Jackson’s role in The Color Purple proved to be a fan favorite because of the physical and emotional abuse the title character had to endure resonated with fans around the World. The Color Purple garnered 11 Academy Award nominations, the highest number to date, and had an incredible impact on American film, producing some of the Nation’s most noted African American film stars and personalities. The role of Miss Celie was split between two actresses, respectively, Jackson, her first film role, and Whoopi Goldberg, Hollywood actress, and ABC's The View’s co-host. In addition to her film work in The Color Purple, Jackson immediately followed up with two successive films, Sister Act, again starring Whoopi Goldberg, and The Mighty Pawns, starring the late Paul Winfield, and Alfonson Ribeiro.

Jackson was born in Tortola, British Virgin Island and came to the United States as a pre-teen. Her family moved to Los Angeles, where she has remained, and created several small businesses. After her early success in film, Jackson opened the doors to Mahogany Mane, a hair care enterprise, and later organized a community based Real Estate venture, buying homes in the area and renovating them. Jackson’s master plan was a failsafe program that taught renters how to pay on time, and communicate in a proactive way to alleviate falling behind, even in a downturn economy.

She continues to work as an actress and producer, creating Internet projects and working on stage. In 2010, The Color Purple celebrated 25 years, and for the first time in all most as many years, many of the film’s cast came together on The Oprah Winfrey Show for a reunion episode as part of Oprah Winfrey’s final 25-year season. In April 2011, Jackson launched her own hair care line, BlackSilk, and was honored at the 7th annual Prestige Award tribute for her contribution to American film, her dedication to community building, and her outreach to young people.

For more information or to schedule interviews, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or (678) 215-8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu.


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Miss Paine College to compete in national pageant

Posted by ncarter | 09/21/2011 04:53 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - Tamakia King, Miss Paine College 2011-2012 will compete in the Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Pageant on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. The pageant will begin at 6:00p.m. The Competition of College Queens showcases young women from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The queens are judged in five categories. Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame serves as a national representative and advocate of HBCUs and receives an academic scholarship and prizes. The pageant is one of many events hosted by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.

The mission of The National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation is to be a catalyst and partner for ensuring the stability, strength and excellence of the nation’s historically and/or predominately Black colleges and universities.

King serves as Miss Paine College Elect 2011-2012. She is a native of Inglewood, California and her family currently resides in Moreno Valley, California. She is the daughter of Larry and Rosalind King. King is a senior Media Studies major with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations. Since her arrival at Paine College she has been actively involved in a number of activities and organizations including: Pre Alumni Council, Paine College Communications Association, Wesley Fellowship, The Marketing Club, The Lions Activity Board, and the American Marketing Association.

She is a member of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and has held leadership positions as Vice President of the Paine College Communications Association, Resident Hall Assistant, Miss Kappa Alpha Psi 2010-2011 and currently serves as a member of the Paine College Student Government Association.  Her community involvement includes volunteering with the Shiloh Community Center, Girl Scouts of America, and the Greater than AIDS Campaign in partnership with the Black AIDS Institute in Los Angeles, California.

During her reign, King plans to focus on executing her platform titled The Royal Induction: Call of Duty. The purpose of her platform is to encourage her fellow students to walk in their callings of greatness and not in their current situations. She plans to host a "Queen" series of programs centered around her platform and the promotion the College’s core values especially Service.  This semester she and other Paine College students will participate in the 11th Annual Miracle Mile Walk on October 15th to join the Augusta community in raising breast cancer awareness.

King plans to attend graduate school immediately following graduation and aspires to own a Christian public relations firm as well as have a nonprofit organization that works to eliminate illiteracy amongst young men ages 9- 13 in impoverished communities.

CONFERENCE HI GHLI GHTS:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
•    Conference Registration Begins
•    Positive Image Program
•    College Queens Tea
•    College Queens Open Talent Showcase
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011
•    College Invitational Golf Tournament
•    Hall of Famers Luncheon  (Prior Inductees)
•    Legacy Lecture Series Concurrent 
•    Workshop Sessions:
•    Workshop A – “A Call to Manhood”
•    Workshop B – “A Call to Womanhood”
•    Induction Ceremony

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2011
•    College Invitational Golf Tournament
•    Student Leadership Breakfast
•    Metro Atlanta Area Youth Gospel Choir 
•    Workshop & Recruitment Fair Facilitated by the legendary Ambassador 
•    Dr. Bobby Jones of “Bobby Jones Gospel”
•    Atlanta Football Classic Parade
•    Gospel Choir Competition
•    Atlanta Football Classic
•    Competition of College Queens

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2011
•    College Invitational Golf Tournament*

For more information, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or Ncarter@paine.edu .

Paine College to host 3rd Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Men’s Golf Team

Posted by ncarter | 08/23/2011 08:15 AM

(Augusta, GA) –Paine College invites golfers to the 3rd Annual Paine College Golf Tournament on Monday, August 29, 2011 at Jones Creek Golf Club in Evans, Georgia. Since its inception the tournament committee has raised more than $45,000 to benefit Paine College golf program and scholarships.

Golfers who participate will be playing for a worthy cause. All of the proceeds from this tournament will benefit the Paine College Golf Program and golf scholarships.Senior PGA Golfer and honorary tournament chair, Jim Dent will also play in the tournament.  Golfers and guests will have a chance to meet and share the course with Dent.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and a complimentary Callaway Demo will take place from 8:45 a.m.- 10:45 a.m.

Shotgun start time is 11:00 a.m. Contest include closest to the pin, longest drive, and hole-in-one sponsored by Jim Hudson Lexus. Participants can also look forward to a silent auction, raffles and first, second and third place team prizes. Brunch for registered golfers will be provided by Chick-Fil-A and Outback Steakhouse will provide dinner during the 19th Hole Awards Dinner.

“Partnering with Paine College to increase scholarships for deserving student athletes demonstrates the community’s strong commitment and willingness to invest in our competitive golf program,” said George C. Bradley, president of Paine College. “Building a robust scholarship fund increases access to a quality education.”

All guest and golfers will have a chance to meet members of the Paine College Golf Team at the 19th Hole Awards Dinner.  "The support of the CSRA community from year to year is outstanding," said Herman Belton, head golf coach. "My team and I appreciate everything and they play harder because they know the College and the community is backing them 100 percent."

This year’s sponsors include WJBF News Channel 6, Phoenix Printing, Coca-Cola Bottling, Jim Hudson Lexus, P.F. Changs China Bistro, Outback Steakhouse, Chick-Fil-A, Jones Creek Golf Club, Clear Channel Radio, Club Car and Communigraphics.

Media attending the tournament must report to the registration station to obtain passes. To secure passes in advance; contact Natasha Carter at (706) 396-7591 or (678) 215-8576 cell.

Tournament Format
   

• Threesome Lauderdale Play – Captains Choice (A and B flights –1st and  2nd place prizes)

Tournament Event Schedule
   

• Sunday, August 28, 2011
6:00PM - Paring Party

   

• Monday, August 29, 2011
8:30 - 10:30 AM - Registration

8:45 - 10:45 AM - Callaway Demo Complimentary golf lessons by golf pros

10:00 AM – Brunch sponsored by Chick-Fil-A
11:00 AM - Shotgun Start


5:00PM – 19th Hole Awards Dinner sponsored by Outback Steakhouse

For more information about the tournament or Paine College Golf Program visit www.paineathletics.com/golftournament

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu. 


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Paine College announces new academic structure and new deans

Posted by ncarter | 08/9/2011 09:45 AM

(Augusta, GA) – Dr. George C. Bradley, President announced the appointment of Dr. Steven Thomas as the dean of its newly created School of Professional Studies and Dr. Emily Williams as the dean of its newly created School of Arts and Sciences. The new appointments come on the helm of the College’s new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Marcus Tillery.

More than three years ago, Paine College embarked on a 5- year strategic plan. The strategic plan called for the College to build on its legacies and capitalize on its achievements to move closer to the vision and mission of becoming a premier liberal arts College in our region and in the nation.

This plan has helped the institution implement the reorganization of its academic structure, moving its academic programs from divisions to schools. The School of Professional Studies encompasses the Department of Business Administration, Department of Education and Department of Media Studies. The School of Arts and Sciences encompasses the Department of Humanities, Department of Social Sciences, and Department of Mathematics, Sciences and Technology.

“The two schools will afford the College the opportunity to have deans who will raise resources to strengthen student resources for scholarly work and to develop graduate programs,” said Bradley.

Each of the deans has distinct visions for each school.

“The new structure provides an opportunity for the deans to foster relationships with industry and gauge their needs in an effort to develop innovative programs and produce graduates that can meet those needs,” said Thomas

This strategic move positions the College continue to provide its students with exceptional learning experiences in a global context. It is committed to supporting every student’s development and success, recruiting and promoting faculty of the highest credentials and standards of excellence, creating a supportive campus community and engaging the larger community and world.

Williams believes that each school will play an integral role in College’s path toward regional recognition.

“I see the School of Arts and Sciences assisting the institution with in its efforts to become a destination college for the study of the liberal arts, Williams said. “This structure will help our students easy identify majors and begin preparation for graduate school and other professional opportunities.”

Paine College launched the two-school model beginning August 8.

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu. 


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Welcome Class of 2015!

Posted by ncarter | 08/2/2011 09:51 AM

(Augusta, GA)- Paine College is proud to welcome the Class of 2015. August 3rd marks the beginning of a new journey for hundreds of Paine College freshmen. From August 3-7, 2011 students from around the country will walk through the "Gateway to the World" as students at Paine.

The New Student Orientation Program is designed to both acquaint students with Paine College and to welcome them to their new community. Students will participate in a wide variety of workshops, activities and will have the opportunity to meet and get to know many of their classmates, faculty, and college administrators.

More specifically, students will have the opportunity to become familiar with the campus, meet with an academic advisor to finalize their schedules and learn about the vibrant academic life at the College. Freshmen will also participate in two time-honored ceremonies. Alumni and friends of Paine College are encouraged to attend the Freshman Parting Ceremony on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. and the Freshman Induction Ceremony on Sunday, August 7, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

"These ceremonies are held to observe a person's entry into a new stage of life," said Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Classes for the Fall 2011 semester start on August 8, 2011.

For more information about New Student Orientation, visit the link www.paine.edu/orientation

Photo caption: Freshman Orientation Team 2011

Paine College reaffirmed by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Posted by ncarter | 07/18/2011 04:41 AM

Dr.  George C. Bradley, President, announced that Paine College received reaffirmation of its accreditation for the next 10 years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).  The announcement comes after a three-year self-assessment conducted by Paine College officials and an on-campus visit by a SACS-COC approved team of administrators from peer institutions.

“This accomplishment indicates that Paine College possesses the academic programs, services, and resources to make quality offerings to students.  Further, the self-assessment allows the College to evaluate its programs and work toward becoming a premier Liberal Arts College in the region,” said Dr. Bradley.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degrees. The Commission on Colleges is the representative body of the College Delegate Assembly and is charged with carrying out the accreditation process.

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. It is important that institutions retain accreditation in order to receive benefits from research funding and student aid linked to Title IV.  Because of the rigorous process of accreditation, parents and students can trust that the education they are paying for is valuable. And, many potential employers review a job applicant’s educational history to make sure that the candidate received his or her education from an accredited college or university.

The self-assessment was steered by the Paine College Leadership Team under which fell two committees: 1) The Compliance Certification Team (CCT) prepared the report that demonstrated the SACS-COC Principles of Accreditation, and 2) The Quality Enhancement Plan Committee (QEPT) developed a well-defined and focused topic to enhance student learning.

By design, the QEP Team, co-chaired by a representative from Academic Affairs and from Student Affairs, consisted of faculty representing a variety of disciplines, staff from every major unit at the College, students and alumni.  During the early stages of the self-study, faculty engaged in dialogue about skills they thought would improve the quality of education for Paine College students.  After multiple discussions, surveys with faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members, it was determined that the learning outcome to be addressed was engaging students in readings that developed the kinds of analytical skills necessary for an information-rich society.  Thus, the Paine College QEP Learning Interactively Outside the Norm (L.I.O.N.):  Great Books at Paine College took form.  This ongoing initiative focuses on enhancing student literacy and learning by establishing elevated expectations for engaging complex texts, by interjecting innovative programs to promote the reading of core texts among faculty, staff and students to create literary dialogs between members of the Paine community and to link literary works with contemporary issues.

Dr. Bradley expressed his appreciation to everyone who contributed to the success of the SACS-COC reaffirmation of the College’s accreditation.  “This achievement speaks volumes about the caliber of programs, faculty and staff at the College.  We look forward to raising the bar as we raise results.”

To gain or maintain accreditation with the Commission on Colleges, an institution must comply with the standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges. The Commission on Colleges applies the requirements of its Principles to all applicants, candidates, and member institutions, regardless of type of institution (public, private for-profit, private not-for-profit).

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