Accrediting body won't weigh in on Georgia Regents name

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The accrediting body for the consolidated Augusta State and Georgia Health Scien­ces universities will not weigh in on its name, the president of the group said.

Georgia Regents Univer­sity, however, will have to prove itself to the Southern Asso­cia­tion of Colleges and Schools’ Com­mission on Col­leges as if it were a new applicant, Dr. Belle S. Wheelan said.

“The institution in its current status does not exist with us,” she said. “We apply the same standards as though it was a brand-new institution.”

The name has provoked an outpouring of protest. Wheelan said that she has been inundated with e-mails and has responded to about 20 but that those e-mails won’t influence the commission.

“We don’t get into the naming of an institution,” she said, adding that neither does the accrediting body weigh community support.

It looks at rigorous standards for faculty qualifications, the integrity of the college’s governing board, and financial resources and adequate control of finances, Wheelan said. The new university will have to meet 93 standards to win approval from the commission when it holds its annual meeting in December.

University officials have said they plan to apply for accreditation by Octo­ber in order to be considered at that meeting. If approved, the consolidation would take effect early next year and would be followed by a site visit within six months to ensure that what the commission is being told on paper really exists, Wheelan said.

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Insider Information 08/20/12 - 01:24 pm
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Bingo

One of the standards is the "integrity" of the governing board.

I'm not sure if the Board of Regents is familiar with that concept unless by integrity you mean deep pockets to pay off politicians.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 08/20/12 - 02:41 pm
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Nice try, "Augusta

Unpublished

Nice try, "Augusta Chronicle".

If you'd known more about the accreditation process, you could have saved yourselves a phone call.

And this ridiculous "non-story".

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/20/12 - 02:52 pm
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Name

I posted several days ago when Gruzziz lied to the students at the forum that the name was crucial to the application to SACS. I said then they could call the school Peek-a-boo U and the accrediting board would not care. Now we have SACS saying they could care less what the school is named and they can care less about public sentiment. SACS merely has a checklist they need to evaluate and check off.

Gruzziz has been exposed.

Island Man
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Island Man 08/20/12 - 03:56 pm
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"Regent University" sounds so Christian, I'm now pumped!

I've decided to go along! Whatever the official name, let's just refer to it as Regent University. I urge everyone to get behind referring to it as Regent University. Think about it...the name Regent University sounds so Christian and the school could easily start up a Bible based program of ecclesiastical studies and that will be a very positive thing. And listen to this, Regent University is already being advertised on many web sites so the financial cost to brand the new name will be minimal. Wow! I'm getting pumped just thinking about it!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/20/12 - 04:05 pm
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Good Idea

At Regent University–Virginia Beach, it is clear that the regent, the king, is Christ Jesus.

At Regent University–Augusta, it would appear that a usurper intends to be the regent.

NrthAugustaSam
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NrthAugustaSam 08/21/12 - 01:33 am
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Call the Governor and Protest GRU

I heard today that they are counting calls. 404-656-1776

bentman
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bentman 08/21/12 - 03:33 pm
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No answer

Just called 404-656-1776. No answer.

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