B-CU off probation; will maintain accreditation

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

After two years of being placed on probation relating to “governance and financial sustainability”, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) will maintain its accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, (SACSCOC).

SACSCOC is the accrediting organization for degree-granting higher institutions in Southern states. It notified B-CU on Sept. 3 that the HBCU in Daytona Beach will remain as an accredited university.

On Friday, B-CU issued a statement about the lifting of the probationary status.

“After nearly two years, our community of students, alumni, parents and neighbors, can now plan for a long and robust future for this great University founded by the visionary Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune,’’ stated B-CU President E. LaBrent Chrite.

The statement notes that B-CU established a strategic team of experts in accreditation, finance and governance to address the issues that comprised the university’s accreditation.

It adds that the university has established new policies, protocols and practices over the past two years.

“I am immensely proud of our team’s success and I deeply appreciate their incredible dedication, which included making some very difficult decisions during a profoundly challenging academic year’’, Chrite added.

A more detailed story will appear in this Thursday’s Daytona Times and will be posted online at www.daytonatimes.com.

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