In an era when many historically Black colleges and universities have been plagued with declining enrollments and financial difficulties, here is some good news to report. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SASSCOC) has lifted the probation of accreditation at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.
Fisk was placed on warning status in 2010 and put on probation in December 2011, due mainly to the university’s financial position. This year, after a long legal battle, the courts agreed to accept a deal the university made with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, to share some of its artwork. The deal gave Fisk a cash infusion of $30 million.
Florida A&M University was placed on probation a year ago for concerns about finances, student safety, operational integrity, and leadership. The decision was impacted by the death of drum major Robert Champion in an alleged hazing incident and the resulting lawsuits.
“We are extremely pleased with the decision by SACSCOC to remove the probation sanction, which signifies that Florida A&M University is in compliance with the standards of the regional accrediting body,” said FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson.