Paine College announced on Saturday that it would sue the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools after its college commission rejected Paine's appeal of SACS' June decision to strip the college's accreditation. The regional accrediting agency said at the time that Paine had failed to comply with several standards related to its financial standing and operations.
"We are disappointed that SACSCOC chose to ignore the voluminous evidence demonstrating that Paine College is a vibrant, financially stable institution," said Barbara E. Bouknight, chair of Paine's Board of Trustees. "It is deeply distressing that SACSCOC has removed us from membership when our financial condition has improved so markedly over the last few years. We are also deeply disturbed by the process that led to this result."
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