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Paine College in Augusta, Ga., lost its appeal to keep its accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, WJBF reported.

The historically black college’s accreditor moved to strip Paine’s accreditation in 2019. Paine appealed the decision, citing irregularities of due process. The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Paine could not adequately prove technical errors in the accreditor's review process.

The college was first in hot water with the commission in 2012 for alleged mismanagement of funds. SACSCOC put Paine on a two-year warning period and two-year probation period before stripping its accreditation.

Paine turned to a national accreditor, the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, after running into problems with SACSCOC. It now lists TRACS accreditation candidacy on its website.

However, Paine says it remains accredited with SACSCOC. (This story has been updated with Paine’s response and additional information on its accreditation history and status with TRACS.)