HBCU DIGEST: ITC Denied Accreditation Reaffirmation, Placed on Warning

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The Interdenominational Theological Center was placed on accreditation warning this week during the annual winter meetings of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC); the lone sanction levied against any historically Black institution during the conference.  

ITC was denied reaffirmation for failure to comply with several SACSCOC standards, including financial responsibility, reporting standards, and student outcomes. 

The news comes one day after the seminary named Matthew Williams as its 11th president. 

Several public institutions were reaffirmed for membership, including land-grant flagship HBCUs like Alcorn State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Prairie View A&M University. 

Jarvis Christian College and Voorhees College were both approved for membership at higher classification levels. Jarvis Christian was approved to offer masters’ degrees in business administration and criminal justice in 2023, while Voorhees will offer a master’s degree in teaching and learning effective next month. 

Virginia Union University was denied authorization to offer associate’s degrees in liberal arts, math, science, computer science, and business. SACSCOC cited a failure to demonstrate institutional capacity and planning for the offerings.  

Wiley College was removed from probation warning. 

Reaffirmed Institutions

Alabama State University

Alcorn State University

Elizabeth City State University

Huston-Tillotson University

Jackson State University

Morehouse School of Medicine

North Carolina A&T State University

Prairie View A&M University

Southern University Law Center

Southern University at New Orleans

Winston-Salem State University

Xavier University of Louisiana

Reaffirmed with Monitoring or Follow-Up Report Requested

Albany State University

Fort Valley State University

Savannah State University

Shelton State Community College

South Carolina State University

Tennessee State University

Texas Southern University

Virginia Union University

Accredited at New Degree Level

Jarvis Christian College

Voorhees College

Approved for Substantive Change

Shelton State Community College

Removed From Warning 

Wiley College

Denied Reaffirmation, Placed on Warning

Interdenominational Theological Center

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