MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – Brewton-Parker College announced Sept. 30 that it remains an accredited member on probation of The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (“SACSCOC”).
“Yesterday, Brewton-Parker College was informed that the Appeals Committee of SACSCOC ordered a remand of the decision of the Board of Trustees of SACSCOC to remove Brewton-Parker College as a member,” reads a news release issued by the college, which is affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention.
“Brewton-Parker College’s case will now go to the Committee on Compliance and Reports of SACSCOC for reconsideration. The effect of this decision is to continue SACSCOC’s accreditation of Brewton-Parker College as it existed before the June 19, 2014 vote of the Board of Trustees of SACSCOC.”
The news release said the SACSCOC “Appeals Committee found that Brewton-Parker College presented new material evidence demonstrating improvement in its financial position that warranted a remand and the continuation of its accreditation.”
The college accreditation organization will continue to review the new evidence in greater detail for compliance with SACSCOC’s standards, the release said.
“This decision by the appeals committee of SACSCOC is a validation of SACSCOC’s own processes and shows that the system works. 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,” said Ergun Caner, Brewton-Parker College president.
Caner added, “This decision is the result of thousands of hours of work by the entire Brewton-Parker College community. This victory is shared, not only by our trustees, faculty, staff and students, but also the entire community of dedicated friends around us. The people of Mount Vernon, Ailey, Montgomery County, and the entire region stood by us. Today that trust was validated. Our students, faculty, staff and partners in the community who have stood by our side should know that we are confident that Brewton-Parker College will remain accredited by SACSCOC.”
Caner said that Brewton-Parker College continues to work closely and cooperatively with SACSCOC.
“Brewton-Parker College will continue to work closely with SACSCOC to remove Brewton-Parker College from probation. Brewton-Parker College will continue on its march to grow enrollment to record heights. The greatest legacy of Brewton-Parker College’s 110-year history is ahead. However, today we give thanks to God for this decision, for it was by His guidance that this positive decision was made.”
Brewton-Parker College, founded in 1904, has experienced financial difficulties experienced since the late 1990s. Over the last three years, Brewton-Parker College has taken steps to balance its operational budget, restructure its debt and cut its expenses.