Nearly two decades after losing its accreditation, Morris Brown College, historically black college in Atlanta announced that the schools accreditation application with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) has been approved. This is a major step toward the institution receiving full accreditation since having its accreditation revoked by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) back in 2002, due to debt and financial mismanagement.
“This is history in the making,” Dr. Kevin James, said. “Morris Brown intends to become the first HBCU to earn its accreditation back twenty years after losing it. When Morris Brown achieves candidacy status, hopefully by April 2021, it will give the college all the rights of a fully accredited college, which allows students to receive federal financial aid. Additionally, student degrees will be recognized by other schools and/or employers.”
TRACS intends to visit the campus in January 2021 for their final evaluation before candidacy consideration in April 2021.
The Virginia based Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools is recognized by the United States Department of Education (ED), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) as an accrediting agency for Christian post secondary institutions that offer certificates, diplomas, associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees, including distance education. Because the United States Department of Education holds all accrediting agencies to the same standards, as of July 1, 2020, it no longer holds a distinction between regional and national accrediting agencies. Both regional and national agencies are now known as institutional accrediting agencies. TRACS accredits many colleges and has authorized several historically Black colleges including Bennett College, Clinton College, Paine College, Paul Quinn College, Shorter College, and Virginia University of Lynchburg.
A couple of weeks ago, Morris Brown successfully held its 2020 virtual homecoming which enabled the school to raise over $550,000.