Paine College Announces SACSCOC Visiting Team's Preliminary Report --- "College Shows Signs of Improvement"

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/31/2016 17:29 PM

AUGUSTA, GA, MARCH 31, 2016 -- Today, Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President of Paine College, addressed faculty, staff, and students in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel regarding the College's on-site visit from its accrediting body.  Dr. Sullivan reported that the visiting team representing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) lifted one of four remaining standards leaving a total of three.

 
In 2015, SACSCOC requested that the College demonstrate compliance with the Principles of Accreditation in four areas: financial resources, financial stability, control of finances, and control of sponsored research/external funds. 
 
During the three-day visit (March 29-31, 2016), the SACSCOC Special Committee interviewed the College's administrators, faculty, and staff.  During the exit interview, the SACSCOC representatives presented three recommendations that needed to be further addressed.
 
"We are pleased that the College has met the Comprehensive Standard that pertains to control of finances," said Dr. Sullivan. 
 
The oral report given by the Special Committee during the exit conference is not final.  Paine College will have an opportunity to review a draft of the SACSCOC report in approximately one week.  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 response, SACSCOC will take the reports from the Institution and the Special Committee under consideration.  The SACSCOC Board will make its final decision in June 2016. 
 
Dr. Sullivan applauded the efforts made by the special in-house committee and expressed his appreciation to the entire Paine College Community and members of the Board of Trustees.
 
"We are grateful to Paine College alumni and the community for supporting the College during these challenging times," commented Dr. Sullivan.  "There is still much work to be done and therefore, it is imperative that alumni and friends continue to render financial support to the College to meet its critical and immediate needs." 
 
For more information, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or Tjwilliams@paine.edu.