SACSCOC is the primary accreditation agency for most Georgia colleges and universities as well as throughout the South.
Hardee said Paine wants to be accredited by SACSCOC and the college’s leadership team will review the court ruling. The college is also seeking accreditation from another agency, the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, and plans to visit agency officials in Dallas, Tex. in two weeks to discuss its application. Paine was founded by Methodist church leaders and describes itself as a “church-related, liberal arts institution.”
Paine had 922 students when the commission put the college on probation in 2014. Its enrollment dropped to 425 last year when The Atlanta Journal-Constitution visited the campus as part of its three-part series on the future of Historically Black Colleges & Universities. Hardee said Monday that Paine has about 500 students.