Paine College loses appeal to be accredited with SACS

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AUGUSTA (WJBF) – Paine College has lost its appeal to be accredited with the Southern Association of Schools Commission on Colleges in a ruling filed on April 16th, 2020.

Paine College filed the appeal after having its accreditation revoked saying, the Southern Association of Schools Commission on Colleges violated the school’s due process. Paine college alleged irregularities in the review process by SACS.

The Eleventh Circuit Court ruled, the irregularities claimed by Paine had no bearing on the results of the review and that Paine could not provide evidence the SACS process harmed the institution in any way.

As a result, the summary judgement was awarded to the Southern Association of Schools Commission on Colleges.

In 2016, a Preliminary Injunction was filed granting Paine accreditation on a probationary status for the duration of the court proceedings as long as Paine files timely appeal paperwork.

According to the SACS website, Paine College is still listed as an accredited member on probationary status. Paine is currently “pre-accredited” with Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).

According to a spokesperson with Paine College, the private school is eligible for Financial Aid, Federal Aid and remains in good standing with the U.S. Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) and Accreditation and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

The school first became under fire in 2012 after alleged mismanagement of funds and a failure to meet the standards of the accrediting body.

SACS gave them a 2 year warning followed by 2-years probation. At the end of probation, in 20-19, they were stripped of their accreditation.

There is no word on if Paine has filed another appeal.

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