Georgia HBCU Morris Brown College Earns Accreditation Candidacy After Nearly 20 Years Of Losing Its Status
The candidacy status means the school can now apply for financial aid programs and Title IV funding.
April 14, 2021 at 5:44 pm
Georgia’s first Black-owned institution of higher learning will have its accreditation candidacy restored for the first time in nearly 20 years, Morris Brown officials said on Tuesday.
According to a school release, Morris Brown’s candidacy status, granted by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), demonstrates “that it can meet quality standards and is engaged in continuous improvement” after having its accreditation revoked in 2002 due to financial mismanagement and debt.
Huge congratulations to Morris Brown College as they are on their way back after an almost 20 years hiatus!— IG: Georgia Shift (@GeorgiaShift) April 14, 2021
This is historic as the Atlanta HBCU is the first college in Georgia to be owned and operated by African Americans. We look forward to working together! 💜🖤 #HBCUsMatter pic.twitter.com/XOLXFVGS1t
As Blavity previously reported, the school has struggled tremendously to attract students since losing accreditation. After filing for bankruptcy in 2012, MBC was purchased by Friendship Baptist Church, a leading voice in the religious community’s effort to restore its accreditation.
The Tuesday release details that “candidacy indicates that the institution is in compliance with the standards and criteria, has been evaluated by an on-site peer team, and in the professional judgment of the evaluation team and the Accreditation Commission, the institution provides sound instruction and student services.”