My very first full-time teaching gig was at Paul Quinn College, with my tenure running from 2002-2004, before I returned to the DCCCD as a full-timer (as opposed to being the adjunct that I was previously). “Problems” and “fourth-tier school” don’t even begin to describe what PQC was and, as it turns out, still is.
Except for running into a former PQC colleague (and a very good friend, I might add) at my current campus last semester and then him emailing me from his summer gig at Denali National Park, I haven’t thought of PQC since I jumped ship back in 2004. But PQC was in the local news this past evening (about the mandatory “business casual” student dress code). Curious, I checked my former campus, and said to myself, “Oh, I had seen this coming.”
Any college that has *no* major in the traditional Liberal Arts (like English, History, or Politics) cannot call itself a liberal arts college. And SACS putting the school on probation? I wish I could say I’m surprised. But let’s just say there was a reason why I jumped ship back in the summer of 2004.
I understand the importance of Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs) in the landscape of American higher education. HBCUs like Morehouse College and Howard University are known for their historical importance and academic excellence. But many HBCUs struggle; and just as Bishop College died on that same site, PQC is on life-support and, really, is on its death-throes. Perhaps it would be better for the administration to just let PQC die gracefully, with the students secure in transfers to other schools (like the nearby UNT-Dallas, whose impending grand opening made the administration at PQC quake in their boots when I was a faculty member there).
It’s still sad when a school dies. But in this case, it would be for the best.