We've said it all along: Fundamentalism eventually destroys educational institutions. It diverts them from their missions, wrecks their reputations, and never fails to disrupt the careers of very capable, committed professors.
In Georgia, the fundamentalist race to the bottom continues apace. We reported this spring that Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist Convention-controlled school in Mount Vernon, GA, was denied reaccreditation last summer by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. By denying BPC's decennial application for reaccreditation, SACS placed the school on warning last June and gave it one year to improve in several critical areas, including institutional effectiveness, financial stability, and having professors insufficiently qualified in the subjects in which they are teaching.
For now, BPC is saying it's disappointed:
MOUNT VERNON — Brewton-Parker College President Mike Simoneaux says he is “extremely disappointed” that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has placed the institution on academic probation and has failed to recognize the progress the college has made in the past year.(The above quotation is the opening graf of the GBC's newspaper PR publication, the Christian Index. It's password protected, but I can't wait to see the full version to see how the fundamentalists try to spin this.) Notice how President Simoneaux is trying to say that SACS has failed, not his fundamentalist Bible college. It's natural to feel disappointed when you realize that your capitulation to fundamentalist demands is the nail in your institution's coffin and it happened on your watch. A lot of other schools managed to retain their accreditation, in spite of horrible abuses suffered at the hands of fundamentalist trustees and administrators (Exhibit A: the SBC seminaries). So it's not as if the national accrediting bodies have an agenda against religious institutions. So it's easy to understand why President Simoneaux is saying he is "Embarrassed" is actually the proper reaction, but fundamentalists have no shame about what they are doing.
Once the accreditation battle is lost, a lot of post-Takeover schools eventually adopt a different line, and it's one I predict Simoneaux and his GBC college president colleagues Emir Caner and Don Dowless will be using soon enough. They will say that they were presented with a choice between secular elites' vision and God's vision for how their institution should operate. Since losing your accreditation is horribly embarrassing, they will turn it around and try to wear it as a badge of honor. Then they'll pursue "accreditation" through one of several joke associations of fundamentalist schools such as the Association for Biblical Higher Education. It's sad, but BPC seems to be far enough down this road that I doubt they can turn things around. And it seems quite obvious that the true power brokers (GBC elites) don't even care.