College Earns Victory in Fight to Stay Open

Paul Quinn College earns legal victory to stay open.

By Eric Kreindler
|  Thursday, Aug 27, 2009  |  Updated 12:00 PM CDT
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College Earns Victory in Fight to Stay Open

Paul Quinn College got a legal victory in a fight to keep its accreditation.

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A judge ruled Thursday that Paul Quinn College can keep it's accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Earlier this week, the Association stripped the school of its status over concerns about the college's finances and other operations. 

The injunction will allow Paul Quinn to remain accredited while it fights efforts to remove accreditation from the 137-year-old college.
As a result of Thursday's order, Paul Quinn may continue to award degrees and distribute federal financial aid to students. Fall classes will begin as planned on October 5.

Michael J. Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn, hailed today’s developments as a signal that the college would ultimately prevail in its legal challenge and ongoing pursuit of accreditation.

“This is an incredibly important day in the history of Paul Quinn College,” says Sorrell. “The message for our students, faculty, alumni and supporters is that we remain fully accredited, confident in our future, and focused on our goal of becoming one of America’s great small colleges.”

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