Bennett College files lawsuit, keeps accreditation

Bennett College files lawsuit, keeps accreditation

GREENSBORO, NC (WBTV) - Bennett College’s accreditation has been restored after school leaders filed a federal lawsuit to permanently keep it.

Leaders filed the lawsuit Friday after an announcement that the school’s appeal to save its accreditation was denied by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, even though enough money was raised to save it.

The accreditation was restored Friday afternoon by a federal court in Atlanta.

The court’s decision reflects an agreement reached earlier Friday between the college and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to preserve the college’s accreditation during legal proceedings, which are expected to last several months.

Bennett College will remain accredited during the court proceedings.

Earlier in the week, SACSCOC’s Appeals Committee informed the college that it had lost its appeal.

After being cited in December by SACSCOC Board of Trustees for a lack of resources, Bennett College launched a major fundraising campaign to address those issues.

In the last two months, the college raised over $9.5 million and presented the funding evidence to SACSCOC Appeals Committee members at a Feb. 18 hearing in Atlanta.

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