Accrediting Agency Updates Status of Two Alabama HBCUs
Filed in HBCUs on July 1, 2016
Alabama State University in Montgomery was removed from accreditation warning status by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the regional accrediting agency for higher education. The accrediting agency had placed the university on warning status due to financial concerns.
Gwendolyn Boyd, president of Alabama State University, said that “in my first year here, we cut $25 million from our budget and they (SACSCOC) wanted to see how we were going to be able to function with a $25 million dollar cut and still be able to maintain the University. We were able to do that. It was extremely hard and was very difficult, but we were able to do that. Now, everyone understands that this is our new normal, and we can’t go back.”
Tuskegee University will remain on warning status for another year. The university was placed on warning status a year ago. The accrediting agency recently notified the university that four of its eight concerns had been adequately addressed but four issues remain.
John Page, chair of the board of trustees at Tuskegee University, stated that “this year witnessed a number of successes that we will build on and should be encouraged as we carry out the Tuskegee University mission. We will build on the forthcoming guidance and succeed.”