A decision this summer to revoke a Georgia Baptist college’s accreditation has been reversed, officials at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga., announced Sept. 30 in a press release.
The release said administrators learned the day before that the appeals committee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has ordered a remand of a June 19 decision by the SACSCOC board to remove Brewton-Parker College as a member institution.
Back then the full board found the school — after two years on probation — in non-compliance with standards related to financial resources, stability and control, as well as those for federal grants, loans and work-study programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act.
During the appeal, however, Brewton-Parker College reportedly presented new evidence demonstrating improvement in its financial position that persuaded the committee to let the school keep its accreditation and remain on probation. A SACSCOC official did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The case now goes to a committee on compliance and reports, which in turn will make recommendation to the Executive Council. The council then will make a recommendation to the board of trustees.
Ergun Caner, in his first year as president of Brewton-Parker, termed the decision “a validation of SACSCOC’s own processes.”
“We are thankful the appeals committee recognized what we knew all along — that Brewton-Parker College is a financially stable and viable institution of higher learning,” Caner said.
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SOURCE: Associated Baptist Press