Barber-Scotia College Looking to Rebound From a Decade of Difficulties
Filed in HBCUs on August 14, 2015
Last month, JBHE published a post entitled Checking Up on the Status of Barber-Scotia College. The college is a historically Black educational institution founded in 1867 by the Presbyterian Church in Concord, North Carolina. In 2004, the college had its accreditation revoked by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
We noted in our earlier post that the college’s website had not been updated in a long time and that there were no entries on the college’s calendar for the remainder of 2015.
Since that time we have posed several questions to officials at the college in an effort to get a better idea of the college’s status and future. We have been told that the college aims to have 60 students enrolled this fall. Most of these students are members of the college’s men and women basketball teams. The college also plans to add a soccer team this year. The college’s athletics website BCSAthletics.com is current and up-to-date.
Jonathan Sisk, athletics director and professor of sports management, told JBHE that the college hosted free sports clinics for area youth on campus this summer and local youth organizations and an area church currently use campus facilities. “We are active in the community and with our partners,” Sisk said.
The college offers four programs of academic study: business entrepreneurship, sports management, renewable energy, and religious studies. Tuition is $8,000 per semester with room and board costs of $3,500 per semester. Work/study opportunities offset costs for many students.
The college, which had sought accreditation through the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, is now focusing its efforts on gaining accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Financial stability is the key to Barber-Scotia College regaining accreditation and college officials report that they are working diligently to achieve this goal.