MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – Brewton-Parker College, a Christian college affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, has been stripped of its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Committee on Colleges (SACS COC), it was announced June 19.
The action against the college came following a formal interview with the college’s key leaders in San Antonio, Texas, June 17, a Brewton-Parker College news release said.
Ergun Caner, who was elected president of Brewton-Parker in December 2013, relayed the news to the college’s board of trustees by email, then shared the news in a called meeting for all staff, faculty and administration. “Of course we are disappointed in the decision of the executive committee of SACS COC taken today.
Brewton-Parker College has been accredited by SACS for over fifty years (since 1962) and today is another step in the arduous journey that we have traveled since 2009.” Caner continued, “The most important points I can relay to you is that immediately after receiving the phone call, we have taken immediate steps to challenge this ruling and stay the loss of accreditation.” Another Georgia Baptist-affliated college, Shorter University, received SACS accreditation June 19.
Shorter has cleared up any questions accreditation officials had about the number of the school’s faculty member and their qualification, the university announced June 19, according to the Rome (Ga.) newspaper.
Shorter University’s accreditation was approved by the commission in December 2012, renewing its status as a regionally accredited institution for 10 years. The commission, however, required Shorter to demonstrate that its staff is large enough and properly credentialed, the newspaper said.
SACS acknowledged that Shorter employs enough faculty to accomplish its mission and that the faculty’s credentials are satisfactory, the university said.