Saint Paul’s College will be able to hold classes for the fall 2012 semester. The financially-troubled, historically black school in Lawrenceville, Va. won a preliminary ruling in an Atlanta federal court that restored its probationary accreditation status, at least temporarily,reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Both the school and its accreditor—the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges—agreed to U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr.’s injunction on Aug. 29 in order to “protect the rights and interests of the parties” throughout the legal proceedings. According to a Chronicle of Higher Education report, Saint Paul’s board of trustees authorized the school to begin registering students in Sept. and start teaching in Oct.
Saint Paul’s officials announced last month that the school was suspending most operations—the only classes that the college had planned on teaching were criminal justice and business management for 36 students in an accelerated degree program. The school also continued to operate its child development center, which serves up to 100 children, between the ages of 2 months and 12 years, from the Lawrenceville area.
However, the injunction will allow the school to expand its offering in an attempt to lure back some of the 400 students who did not enroll this fall. The decreased enrollment has also forced Saint Paul’s to reduce its workforce.
Since the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools pulled Saint Paul’s accreditation in June the school has laid-off 50 faculty, staff, and administrators, dropping the number of individuals employed by the college from 125 to 75, reports the Petersburg, Va. Progress-Index. The school has also been exploring merger opportunities.
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