Second Vote on Brewton-Parker College Accreditation Due In December

Ergun Caner
Ergun Caner

A Georgia Baptist college previously informed its accreditation was revoked won a reprieve and will remain on probation pending a new vote by the SACSCOC board of trustees in December.

An appeals committee affirmed a decision by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in June to terminate the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College but determined new financial information supplied by the college warranted keeping the Georgia Baptist Convention institution on probation pending further review, according to a disclosure statement posted online Oct. 22.

The college in Mount Vernon, Ga., released a statement Sept. 30 celebrating an order remanding the June 19 decision of the SACSCOC board of trustees to revoke the school’s accreditation as a win.

“This decision by the appeals committee of SACSCOC is a validation of SACSCOC’s own processes and shows that the system works,” said Brewton-Parker President Ergun Caner. “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.”

The accrediting agency’s report, however, says the appeals committee did not find that Brewton-Parker has corrected financial problems that led to non-compliance with principles of accreditation, but only that new information warranted further consideration by the full board in December.

“At that meeting, the board of trustees will have two options: (1) to continue accreditation or (2) to remove accreditation for failure to demonstrate compliance with financial standards,” the disclosure statement says. “Until then, Brewton-Parker College remains an accredited institution on probation.”

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SOURCE: Baptist News Global
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