Below are answers to frequently asked questions regarding Bennett College and the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).
TRACS does not require its member institutions to have faculty, staff, and students sign a faith statement. Faculty, staff, and students are not required to belong to a particular faith or any faith.
In February 2019, Bennett started the process of seeking accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). Bennett’s goal for completing this process is June 30, 2020.
Any potential negative impact will be responded to as quickly as possible to mitigate concerns.
The Council for the Association of Educator Preparation (CAEP), a professional accreditor reviewing institutions which prepare teachers and other educators, recognizes institutions that are accredited by TRACS.
Social Work Majors
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) does not recognize programs within an institution that are only recognized by national accrediting bodies. The Higher Education Opportunity Act states that accrediting agencies require institutions to have a teach-out plan in the event that the agency acts to withdraw, suspend or terminate the accreditation or candidacy status of an institution (www.nwccu.org). This means that all students formally admitted into the social work program according to the Bennett College Social Work Department’s admission procedures will be allowed to complete their requirements for graduation and graduate with a BSW degree accredited by SACSCOC at Bennett or through another accredited partner. If a student stops out during the teach-out process, the College is not obligated to provide a teach-out plan for the student.
The development of a new BS degree in the Human Services is currently being considered given the projected growth of employment in this area “which is much faster than the average of all occupations. (www.bls.gov).
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) does not recognize programs within an institution that are only recognized by national accrediting bodies. When Bennett is TRACS accredited only, we can offer a non-accredited major in Social Work.
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.