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Jun 19, 2014

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Max

Are the reasons for this action available from SACS for public consideration?

Chuckpearson.wordpress.com

It's related to this June 2013 probation continuation:
http://www.sacscoc.org/2013JuneActionsanddisclosurestatements/BrewtonParkerCollege.pdf

Note that SACS was within its rights to decide that Brewton-Parker should have been voted out of membership last year; the standard two-year review period for an institution on probation had been exhausted. SACS gave BPC an extra twelve months to remedy all their deficiencies. Apparently, SACS believed that BPC didn't do enough.

I am very curious about how vigorous BPC will be on appeal; whether they will follow the standard cooperation procedure and simply seek an injunction to permit a SACS appeal, or if they will pursue court action outside of SACS cooperation.

peter lumpkins

Max

SACS most probably will wait until they've actually sent the official letter of intent to BPC before posting its official response online (but as I've learned now by experience, it's hard to predict what the organization will do). But they WILL post their findings in some form if not full form.

"Chuck"

You conclude "Apparently, SACS believed that BPC didn't do enough." I think that's an obvious conclusion toward which to come. As for your curiosity, you'll have to wait along with everybody else for BPC's appeal to unfold.

With that, I am...
Peter

Lydia

"SACS most probably will wait until they've actually sent the official letter of intent to BPC before posting its official response online (but as I've learned now by experience, it's hard to predict what the organization will do)."

Ain't that the truth.

Years ago, I was appointed to an ad hoc SACS review committee to deal with several points they cited during their review (secular college that has state funding). I had no experience with SACS but our then President was a former SACS employee who knew the drill. To say it was pins and needles time is an understatement as nobody wants to embarass the Governor! But I think I understand it a bit better today. Sadly, ours were not budget problems because we were not private institution but more serious ones in my view.

However, I am constantly amazed that small private colleges make the SACS financial cut considering they do not receive state funding on par with state colleges.

When you are reaffirmed with SACs, parlay the improvements over in the last few years and make a run for a Baldridge.

http://www.nist.gov/baldrige/enter/education.cfm

Richard

Lydia...I have had a 40-year career in higher ed, including many years as a dept chair and service on SACS committees and discipline accreditation, and have somehow missed the Baldridge until you mentioned it. I ckd the website, but it seems like just a way to get another star in your crown, (not a bad idea, of course), and I've never heard of a university seeking Baldridge endorsement....Enlighten me.

Lydia

Richard,
I don't know if a University has sought the Baldgridge or not as I have not kept up with it for several years. My experience with the Baldridge process in education goes back to 15 or so years in a community college system environment where I was involved in facilitating the strategic planning component.

My background is in Organizational Development and Baldridge is a way for some organizations to identify and work toward aligned performance goals in a systematic way and perhaps even be recognized for it. It is a undertaking. Not all finish but find the process brings much improvement.

I have not done this but it would be interesting to compare Baldridge Educational Criterion and SACS Standards.

Of course in the case of BPU, one needs to remove the wolves from the door, first.

Richard

Thank you, Lydia....I agree with you: Achieving stability to satisfy SACS is the first need...the Baldridge, as an additional endorsement, can come later. Best wishes.

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