Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Bennett College leaders make plea to have accreditation reinstated after raising $9.5 million

School leaders from Bennett College were in Atlanta on Monday to fight to save one of the nation's only historically black colleges for women.

The Greensboro institution presented its case to an appeals panel in an attempt to keep the college's accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges after raising more than $9 million in recent weeks.

On Dec. 11, 2018, Bennett was removed from SACSCOC membership strictly for financial reasons. Bennett did not receive any sanctions against its academics, faculty, leadership or students.

Bennett immediately appealed the SACSCOC decision and remains accredited throughout the appeal process.

Accreditation officials are expected to make a decision by next Monday.

Bennett College President Phyllis Worthy Dawkins said she is confident that Bennett presented a strong case for continuing its membership in the Association, which would restore its accreditation.

"We presented our case to SACSCOC officials this morning, buoyed by our successful #StandWithBennett fundraising campaign, which to date has raised $9.5 million," Dawkins said. "We not only discussed our recent fundraising efforts but also presented a path forward for the college. SACSCOC must notify us of their decision within a week, by Feb. 25, and we are hopeful for a favorable outcome."


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