Good News! Two HBCUs Removed From Accreditation Probation

Last week JBHE published a report on the accreditation hurdle faced by Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. But there is good news on the accreditation front as well. Two historically Black universities were recently removed from probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina, will no longer be on probation after two years under that cloud. The university has increased enrollments in recent years and fundraising has increased by 73 percent since 2014. The accrediting agency also was satisfied that the university had improved its financial processes, software systems, and internal controls.

The accreditor also removed Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte from probation. The university had been placed on probation a year ago for concerns the commission had over the university’s financial position. The university reports that it raised $160 million and increased its endowment to $68 million.

“Johnson C. Smith University has been a beacon in higher education for 151 years,”university president Clarence D. Armbrister said in a statement. “We are gratified the quality of our educational programs, faculty and leadership has again been recognized and that our accreditation has been reaffirmed.”

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  1. Congratulations to the university leaders and everyone who contributed to the turnaround. Thank you

    Dr. Henderson-Phillips

  2. Congratulations to my alma-mater, Saint Augustine for being removed and Johnson C. Smith. We are also standing with Bennett and their significantly improving financial standing. Together we can and we believe in you Bennett College. NC stands with you as well as so many others.

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