The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges lifted Benedict College’s 12-month probation stemming from concerns about the Columbia school’s financial condition on Tuesday.
After several meetings and reports submitted to SACSOC review committees, the commission’s board found the college in compliance with all financial accrediting standards during its annual meeting, according to a news release from Benedict. During the probationary period, Benedict remained fully accredited.
“We are extremely pleased with the SACSCOC’s decision that validates our compliance with, and commitment to, the accreditation process,” Roslyn Clark Artis, Benedict president and CEO, said in the release. “I am sincerely grateful for the steadfast support of the Benedict College community, the faithfulness of our board of trustees, the commitment our alumni, and the dedication of our faculty and staff. We have done the necessary work, met our goals, and stabilized the institution.”
In 2019, Benedict received an ACE/ Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation and was named the HBCU of theâ€¯Yearâ€¯by HBCU Digest.
“I am grateful to the SACSCOC board for their affirmation of Benedict’s value and the strength of the college’s administrative team,” Charlie W. Johnson, Benedict board of trustees chair, said. “I would like to express my thanks to my fellow trustees and to President Artis and her team for their tireless work and for her tremendous leadership throughout this process.”