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Paine College accreditation at risk

AUGUSTA (WJBF) - The future of Paine College is uncertain as the institution's regional accreditation is at risk.

A letter drafted last week from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) seemed to indicate that Paine will be removed as an accredited institution.

CLICK HERE to read the update publised by SACS. 

SACS gives accreditation to degree-granting schools in the southeast and they are taking a close look Paine College right now.

Last week, a federal judge ruled in favor SACS. According to SACS, Paine College will be removed as an accredited institution pending a final ruling from the judge. 

President of Paine College Dr. Jerry Hardee discussed the topic during a press conference on Monday. You can watch his full address below. 

President Hardee points out that Paine College is still accredited. He says they have applied for another accreditation with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). His goal is to have accreditation from both TRACS and SACS; however, if they lose their SACS accreditation, they plan to reapply. 

Paine College has 30 days to appeal the decision from a Federal Judge to put their regional accreditation on probation. President Hardee says they plan to submit an appeal after they develop a strategy with their board and their attorneys. 


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