Below are answers to frequently asked questions regarding Bennett College and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
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In December 2018, Bennett College was informed by SACSCOC that it was being removed from membership due to inadequate financial resources. Bennett filed an appeal and embarked on a fundraising campaign. Despite the overwhelming success of the campaign, SACSCOC reaffirmed its decision to remove Bennett from membership in February 2019.
Bennett immediately pursued legal action and SACSCOC agreed to a Consent Order that reinstated Bennett College as a member of SACSCOC on probation, pending further Order of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
For example, when SACSCOC posted their membership decision at noon on February 29, 2019, President Dawkins prepared and sent a letter to the College Community within 3 hours that included an updated on the successful injunction that had been obtained ensuring Bennett’s continued accreditation.
Bennett continues to hold ongoing meetings with students and faculty to address concerns about accreditation, and has designated a section on its website to provide updated information.
- Activating a Bennett College Re-Engineering Committee.
- Revising the Business Model for the college.
- Increasing fundraising to grow the endowment and support institutional scholarship awards.
- Growing enrollment.
- Increasing retention.
- Continuing to balance the budget and generate a surplus annually.
If students are interested in transferring to another college, they should understand the college/university transfer policy. All institutions have a maximum number of credits that can transfer into their institution; therefore, a student may not be allowed to transfer all courses into another institution based upon their transfer policy. It is important these transfer specific questions be addressed with the receiving institution.
Students will have to apply for admissions to the college/university of their choice, including colleges/universities in the Greensboro area. The Office of the Registrar will follow normal processing procedures when a transcript request is received.
Please read the Joint Statement on the Transfer of Award of Credit published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the American Council on Education (ACE) for additional information.
Our mission at Bennett College is to prepare women of color through a transformative liberal arts education to lead with purpose, integrity, and a strong sense of self-worth. Bennett provides educational access to students while promoting inquiry, civic engagement, social justice, lifelong learning, and equity for all. Our vision is for Bennett College to be renowned for its intimate, engaging learning community that produces phenomenal women scholars and global leaders.
Bennett College’s undergirding philosophy is that a high-quality college experience should provide its women students with strong academic and co-curricular programs that encourage their personal development, endorse life-long learning, and prepare them to meet the needs of an ever-changing society.
The College does not recommend starting a GoFundMe accounts as it is counterproductive to the overall fundraising goals. Questions about fundraising efforts should be directed to the Office of Institutional Advancement:
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement
WHY WOMEN CHOOSE BENNETT
For nearly 150 years women have found Bennett to be the ideal place to foster the constant rhythm of ideas. Each student’s individual need for self-expression and desire for achievement is constantly nurtured. The College fosters a strong respect for every student. Today, in the midst of a very active renaissance, Bennett is preparing contemporary women to be well educated, productive professionals, informed, participating citizens, and enlightened parents.
The goals of the College continue to focus on the intellectual, spiritual and cultural growth of young women who must be prepared for lifelong learning and leadership. Since 1930 more than 5,000 women have graduated from Bennett College. Known as Bennett Belles, they continue to be among contributing women of achievement in all walks of life.