Black College in Detroit Loses Accreditation

Lewis College of Business, a historically black educational institution in Detroit, was stripped of its accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. The commission faulted the institution for leadership and its poor allocation of resources. The decision means that students at the college will no longer be eligible for federal financial aid. Leaders of the college have vowed to continue operating but it will be difficult as a large percentage of students at the college are dependent on federal financial aid dollars.

Lewis College of Business was founded in 1928. It first received accreditation in 1978. In 1997 the Department of Education designated Lewis College of Business as a historically black college. Most of the 250 students now enrolled in the college are pursuing two-year associate’s degrees in business fields. Almost all the students at the college are black.