Paine College will Appeal Decision by Accrediting Commission Accreditation Status Unaffected During Appeal Process

Posted by painewebmaster | 06/16/2016 14:29 PM

By Helene Carter

Augusta, GA….Dr. Samuel Sullivan, President of Paine College, along with Attorney Barbara E. Bouknight, Chair of the Paine College Board of Trustees, announced today that the College will appeal the decision by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to remove Paine as a member of the association.
This course of action will ensure that the College maintains its current accreditation status during the appeal process. “Although we respect their decision, we will pursue and avail ourselves of all appeal rights available to us,” said Dr. Sullivan. Paine College has not lost its accreditation. During the appeal process, the College will be able to qualify for Title IV and Title III funding. The College will still be able to offer federal financial aid to students.

“Paine College will not close, instead the College will operate with its accreditation during the appeal process giving the Institution sufficient time to address the remaining deficiencies that were identified during the meeting with the SACSCOC Review Board,” said Attorney Michael Thurmond, Vice Chair-elect of the Paine College Board of Trustees. “The remaining issues only involve financial stability and sustainability.”
Dr. Sullivan stated that the College’s academic programs remain strong and Paine would continue to offer a quality education to students.
“We are confident that with our submission of additional evidence regarding the strategy to improve financial conditions at the College, our appeal will be successful,” said Dr. Sullivan. “Now, more than ever, is the time for the public to give to Paine College to ensure that the College is financially solvent. As we move forward, we will make adjustments in the College’s budget to reflect the Institution’s needs while reducing expenditures.”
“We are optimistic that the College is moving in the right direction and on the path to successfully addressing the Institution’s fiscal challenges,” said Attorney Thurmond.