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Historically Black Women’s College Scrambles to Raise Funds to Stay Open

Historically Black Women’s College Scrambles to Raise Funds to Stay Open

“Bennett College, located in Greensboro, N.C.”

When a school slides to this point, the writing is pretty much on the wall.

The Hill reports:

Social media campaign raises $1 million to keep historically black women’s college open

A historically black college for women in North Carolina has raised more than $1 million as part of its push to raise enough money to remain open.

Bennett College, located in Greensboro, N.C., must raise $5 million by Feb. 1 after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges voted earlier this month to end the school’s accreditation, NBC News reported.

The school said it is appealing the decision.

The commission cited persistent budget issues for Bennett College, and the school had already been on probation for two years, NBC reported. The college was previously on probation from 2001 to 2003 because of financial issues.

The latest threat of closure has spurred a wave of fundraising support from alumni and celebrities.

Jussie Smollett, an actor on the show “Empire,” and his brother, Jake, shared a photo on social media earlier this month wearing shirts that state “Stand With Bennett.” Others have shared a similar hashtag on social media to drum up support for the fundraiser.


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Morning Sunshine | December 31, 2018 at 9:55 am

It really is too bad that people do not appreciate the value of a single-sex education. I did not until I had the opportunity to try it. Best decision ever. But that value needs to come from enrollment, not fundraising.
Which is why I kind of accept the decision of my Alma Mater to go co-ed. I don’t like it. But I kind of understand.