Dr. Dawkins talks about a new grant from the Walmart Foundation to support the College’s accreditation reaffirmation efforts, and the critical work of fundraising to ensure the campus meets a $4 million goal by June 30.
WJBF reports on Paine College’s efforts to reduce costs and stabilize its accreditation status. The school has raised more than $245,000 since November, but remains in debt to vendors by more than $2 million.
Two of North Carolina’s private historically black colleges have twelve months to demonstrate fiscal solvency to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), which yesterday announced warning status designations for Bennett College and Saint Augustine’s University.
The two schools, both hard hit over the last three years by enrollment decreases caused by changes to federal student aid lending and economic hardships faced by families nationwide, were the only HBCUs to face status changes during the association’s winter meetings held earlier this month.
Virginia State University, which was placed on warning status last year, will remain with the designation for six more months.
In a release, Bennett President Rosalind Fuse-Hall said that the school anticipated the status change, but is currently in good fiscal standing by way of stabilized enrollment, and several years of unqualified audits.
“With the current enrollment of 512, Bennett College is able to meet its financial obligations. It is also important to note that Bennett College has had unqualified audits for the last four years, meaning its financial records and statements are fairly and appropriately presented,” said Dr. Fuse-Hall. “The college is weathering the aftermath of the financial recession, changes in federal financial aid policies and the dip in high school graduation rates. Despite these time of change, the board and I are confident that the college will stabilize and continue to provide education for the future and nurture sisterhood for life.”
Bennett and Saint Augustine’s remain fully accredited in all respects, and eligible for students to receive publicly subsidized financial aid.
NSU President Eddie Moore discusses the school’s lifted accreditation probation status, the work involved in changing that status, and his optimism for the school moving forward.
By: Susan Snyder – Philadelphia Inquirer
Cheyney University, which has been running a deficit and experienced a 30 percent enrollment drop this year, has been placed on probation by the body that accredits colleges and universities.
The historically black university, on the boundary between Chester and Delaware Counties, has two years to correct financial concerns raised by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education or face losing accreditation.
That loss would mean that the university’s students no longer would be eligible for state or federal financial aid.
Read the full story – Cheyney Lands on Probation for its Finances
The Southern Association for Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has placed Tuskegee University and Virginia State University on accreditation warning status, citing the schools for falling below standards of institutional compliance in financial aid oversight, academic program maintenance, and policy compliance.
The sanction is a rarity for Tuskegee, which initially received full accreditation in 1933 and was last reaffirmed without sanction in 2008. According to university officials, the 12-month sanction stems from the reporting period of 2008-13, with reports and follow-up documentation on compliance submitted in spring 2014.
In a letter posted to the university’s website, Tuskegee President Brian Johnson said that the status change would be rectified in swift order.
“While this warning is based on the fifth year report and prior audit, rest assured we will be working diligently to ensure compliance,” Dr. Johnson wrote. “The SACSCOC Board of Trustees will review the institution again in 2016.”
Virginia State, which has experienced leadership turnover, falling enrollment and crime issues over the course of the last two years, also told community members that its status as an aid-granting, research institution remains unchanged.
“While the university is on Warning, I want to assure our constituents that this action does not affect VSU’s accreditation and does not have a negative impact on the quality of our educational programs,” said Pamela V. Hammond, Interim President. “Further, this action has no impact on our participation in federal financial aid programs or VSU’s ability to compete for sponsored research funding.”
Other highlights from the June SACSCOC meeting included reaffirmation of full accreditation for Edward Waters College and Jarvis Christian College, and initial accreditation for the Southern University Law Center.
Alabama State University and Allen University remained on warning status, while Paine College and South Carolina State University remain on probation for 12 months.