Paine College's future could be in jeopardy

Paine College is over a century old, but its ability to operate into the future could be in jeopardy. News 12 spoke with college leaders and students about the growing concern of the college

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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Saturday, June 22, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Josue Dupervil graduated from Paine College last month and says the recent news about his alma mater hurts.

"To hear Paine College is going through a lot actually kind of breaks my heart," he said.

Dupervil is talking about the warning the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools gave Paine last year. He says the possibility of losing accreditation can be costly for one reason.

"Spending your financial aid money in an institution that is not going to get any respect, as far the workforce," he said.

The accrediting body, SACS, has a 12-month warning on the college for failures on certain finance issues, which include control of money, financial stability and even hiring qualified folks to control certain financial issues.

"Paine College is working very hard and doing our due diligence to correct the findings," said Brandon Brown.

Brown, the vice president of Institutional Advancement, says he is confident the concerns SACS had about the 2011-2012 audit will be resolved soon.

"Strong evidence is important for SACS, and we think that we will have that based on the review of the next audit, which we are getting ready to close this week," Brown said.

Officials at Paine College say they are very comfortable with what they are going to turn into SACS next week, but students on campus also say while they are proud of their college, losing accreditation is a concern.

"I'm worried about the students -- you know, the future leaders of America -- the future leaders in Augusta," Josue said.

So, for now, Dupervil can worry less because the doors at Paine are still open, but only the future will tell for how long.

A SACS official told News 12 that the warning isn't as negative as some may think. They say the school has not been fined or punished yet and those considerations won't be considered until after their final review.


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