In 2009, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools stripped Paul Quinn College of its accreditation. The historically Black college in Dallas appealed the decision and filed a lawsuit against the accrediting agency. The college was able to hold on to accredited status during the appeal process. Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, hedged his bet and also applied for accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). Paul Quinn College is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In April 2011 TRACS granted full accreditation for five years to Paul Quinn College.
This past week the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board voted unanimously to accept Paul Quinn’s new accreditation. This allows the college to continue to grant degrees and students at the college remain eligible for federal financial aid.