Paine College Announces SACSCOC Visiting Team’s Preliminary Report --- “College is Moving in the Right Direction”

Posted by painewebmaster | 04/2/2015 12:06 PM

For Immediate Release

April 2, 2015

Augusta, GA - During the Paine College weekly assembly held in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on April 1, 2015, Interim President Samuel Sullivan addressed students, faculty, staff and alumni about the College’s on-site visit from its accrediting body.   His announcement garnered a standing ovation and a round of applause.  Dr. Sullivan reported that the visiting team representing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) presented a favorable preliminary report and indicated that the College was moving in the right direction.  “The review team departed today and took with them six of the ten findings,” said Dr. Sullivan. 

In 2014 and prior the review team’s visit to the campus, SACSCOC requested that the College demonstrate compliance with The Principles of Accreditation in several broad areas:  governance, financial resources/stability, qualified administrative/academic officers, sponsored research/external funds, and institutional environment.  Members of the College’s administration, faculty and staff carefully reviewed the SACSCOC standards and developed detailed Implementation Plans that included a reflective, systematic, and outcome focused action plan to ensure that the College produced an evidenced based written response to all concerns raised by SACSCOC.

During the three-day visit (March 29-April 1, 2015), the SACSCOC Special Committee interviewed the College’s administrators, faculty, staff, and students. During the exit interview, the SACSCOC representatives gave four recommendations that needed to be further addressed.  These areas were included in the initial group of findings that were previously announced. 

The oral report given by the Special Committee during the exit review is not final.  Paine College will have an opportunity to review a draft of the SACSCOC report in approximately fourteen days.  During the review of the draft report, the College will have an opportunity to respond to what it considers to be errors of fact. Following the College’s responses, SACSCOC will take the Institution’s responses under consideration and will prepare the final document and recommendations.

Dr. Sullivan expressed his appreciation to the Paine College Community and members of the Board of Trustees.  He applauded the efforts made by the special in-house committee.  The Paine committee addressed the initial findings during a nine-month period that resulted in six of the ten findings being satisfied.  Dr. Sullivan also acknowledged the superlative efforts made by the Student Government Association during the process.

Rev. Luther B. Felder, II, campus pastor, commented about the positive outcome of the SACSCOC’s assessment of the College’s operation. “We are grateful to the community for keeping us in their prayers and offering their financial support to the College during this very challenging season.  We are especially grateful to our faithful God who has heard our prayers and ministered to our needs.”

“Dr. Sullivan stated that the College should not be so quick to celebrate for there is much work to be done.  “We have much to be thankful for, yet we must return to work,” said Dr. Sullivan.  “It is critical that alumni and friends continue to support the Together, We Can Campaign that is designed to meet immediate needs for the College.”  “Together, we can move Paine College to greater heights and ensure its survival.” 

 

For more information about the Together, We Can Campaign for Paine College, visit www.paine.edu or contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 706.821.8233.