Friday, June 26, 2009

We Fall Down, But We Get Up


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools notified us by phone yesterday that they voted to remove us from membership.  We are deeply disappointed by their decision and are in the process of appealing.  While the matter is under appeal, the status of the College remains unchanged.  This means that we still are open for business, we can still grant degrees and our students credit hours remain valid.

We feel very good about our chances on appeal.  We have turned the corner at PQC.  Schools that have a 600% increase in applications, eliminate more than $800,000 in debt over the course of the last six weeks, increase donations by 90% in two years and produce a quarter million dollar surplus in the worst economy since the Great Depression deserve the opportunity to finish the work they have started.  We are that school and we deserve the opportunity to finish transforming Paul Quinn College into one of America's great small colleges.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at the school- 214-379-5550.

Always remember, there is no "quit" in the Quinnites.

Take care,
President Sorrell

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

SACS Update


We finished our SACS hearing today.  It lasted for about one hour.  The committee asked very sharp and detailed questions.   We feel good about the information that we presented and pray that it was enough. 

Now, we wait for the decision.  

Please keep us in your prayers.

Take care,
President Sorrell

Sunday, June 21, 2009

SACS Prayer Service


On this Wednesday morning at 10:45 am, we are scheduled to make our final presentation before the Committee on Compliance and Reports of SACS.  This is the body of individuals who will determine whether we keep our accreditation.  We are asking everyone from the Quinnite Nation to help us prepare for the most important event in the 137 year history of the College. Here's what you can do to help:

1. Join us Tuesday, June 23rd at 11 am, in the Chapel on campus for a prayer service.  The team that will be representing us will be catching a flight that afternoon for the meeting and we'd like to send them off lifted in prayer.  The service will be short (I promise).

2. At 10:45 am on Wednesday, June 24th, no matter where you are, please stop and say a prayer for our success.  The prayer doesn't need to be loud; it doesn't need to be long; it just needs to be said.

The students and the staff at the College have waited for this moment for the past two years. We have faithfully worked hard and ask that each of you take these few moments out of your days to support us.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call my office at 214-379-5577 and ask for Cecilyn Bryan.  She will provide you with the details for the prayer service.

Thanks and take care,
President Sorrell