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.

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.”