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June 28--  Brewton Parker College has been given a warning regarding its accreditation.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges says its Board of Trustees voted June 23rd to give Brewton Parker 12 months to correct ten areas where the school has failed to comply with the core requirements of accreditation. 

SACS issued the following advisory late Tuesday.

At its meeting on June 23, 2011, SACSCOC Board of Trustees took the following actions regarding the accreditation status of instituations reviewed.

The Commission reaffirmed the accreditation of the following institutions:

East Georgia College, Swainsboro, Georgia


The Commission denied reaffirmation, continued accreditation, and placed the following institution on Warning:

Brewton‐Parker College, Mount Vernon, Georgia for twelve months for failure to comply with:

Core Requirement 2.5 (Institutional Effectiveness),

Core Requirement 2.9 (Learning Resources and Services),

Core Requirement 2.11.1 (Financial Resources),

Comprehensive Standard (Institutional Effectiveness: Educational Programs),

Comprehensive Standard (Institutional Effectiveness: Community/Public Service),

Comprehensive Standard 3.3.2 (Quality Enhancement Plan),

Comprehensive Standard 3.5.1 (College‐Level Competencies),

Comprehensive Standard 3.10.1 (Financial Stability),

Comprehensive Standard 3.10.4 (Control of Finances)

Federal Requirement 4.7 (Title IV Program Responsibilities) of the Principles of Accreditation.

Meanwhile, the school says its financial and enrollment status is improving.

Interim President Dr. Mike Simoneaux says a recent infusion of $100,000 from the Montgomery County Development Authority plus other contributions sends a strong signal of community support for the college.

"We are pleased that the community has stepped up to help the college.  We've gotten some assistance from churches, from foundations and the local Development Authority has given us some stimulus money.  More important than the money is that the community and the college are reinstigating the strong bond which has been between the college and the community for 107 years.  I have appreciated that," he says.

The college has done some reorganizing and cost-cutting under Dr. Simoneaux and he says it's in better shape than he found it when he arrived four months ago.

"We're not going to lose the college and we're not going to lose the jobs.  Our enrollment looks pretty good for the Fall and we're on a par or a little bit better than where we were this time last year.  Enrollment is a moving target in colleges like ours and Brewton Parker like other schools is not immune to the economic difficulties the country is experiencing," he reports.

Dr. Simoneaux also reports the college is planning to start a new Agri-Business program and is considering a business course to be offered to area business people on the weekends.