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An institution does not lose accreditation as soon as SACS revokes it or if they lose a SACS appeal.  Typically, the institution goes into litigation during which they retain SACS accreditation.  SACS announced that it would revoke Paine College’s accreditation in late 2016 and Paine still has SACS accreditation.  Paul Quinn College went through a similar multi-year litigation.

Second, there are alternative accreditors with less onerous standards that Bennett can use.  Paul Quinn College is accredited by TRACS.  Paine College has sought a back-up accreditation from them as well.  At Bennett’s late December (?) press conference, President Dawkins said that they would seek alternative accreditation just in case.

Third, the $5 million number did not come from the SACS accreditation criteria.  The rules are somewhat subjective.  However, SACS is just as, if not more, interested in the net assets, incoming revenues and debt structure of the institution.  So if you draw down on your line of credit to produce an operating surplus, that credit shows up as additional debt.  (Dawkins mentioned in the press conference that SACS expressed some concern about their use of their line of credit.)  Similarly, if you get the Trump administration to put your debt service payments in forbearance, your operating numbers will look better because the debt service is no longer included as an expenditure.  However, the debt is still on your books.  Lastly, they have not solved the most difficult problem which is enrolling enough students at a price-point at which the institution can break even.  (Malveaux succeeded at this for a time by making admissions easier, front-loading institutional aid and spending on building projects.  However, it wasn’t sustainable.)

Lastly, the SACS accreditation rules state that any institution can be on probation for only two years.  After that it must be removed or it must have met (or demonstrated the ability to meet) all of the conditions to be retained as a member. 

Sports Forum / Former PVAMU WR Hodge Playing for Rams in Super Bowl
« on: January 31, 2019, 04:54:34 PM »
KhaDarel Hodge, former PVAMU WR and D'Lo, Mississippi native, will play for the LA Rams in the Super Bowl.  He's spent much of this season on special teams.  Hodge is also an aspiring male model.

Finally, he heard from the Rams, who didn’t offer him a contract. They offered him a tryout. He tried out – thought he did well – but no contract was offered. He went home to D’Lo, continued to work out diligently, and waited for a call. He never gave up. All he needed, he thought, was a chance.

KhaDajah Hodge, his twin sister, finally told him, “Don’t you know how to pray?”

KhaDarel went to his room and did just that. Believers no doubt will call what happened next Divine Intervention. Doubters will call it coincidence. Hodge went out for a run that afternoon, taking his cell phone with him. The phone rang. It was the Rams. They needed another receiver in training camp.

It's not a good use of your money to make a donation to something when, 1) your own don't support you  2) you can't manage the little money you have and 3) the bust times are a recurring event.

Can you image how all those folk  feel who rallied behind President Cole's campaign and raised  those millions back then? Fast forward 10 years and the school has now lost it's accreditation because of the lack of money? Can you really blame those folk for feeling that their effort was fruitless? 

Many of us get angry and blame alumni for not giving but to quote a famous Onnidan poster...

Causation is more important  than correlation.

Perhaps if we address the root causes that lead us not to support our institutions, the money deficit would correct itself.  :shrug:

Where is Johnetta B. Cole who has the rolodex to amass $5 million in 2.5 months?  Who raised close to $15 million in a year and a half when she first got to Bennett? (Cole participated in a social media campaign for scholarships at Bennett a year ago.)  No one seems to know why Rosalind Fuse-Hall quickly resigned before the school year started a couple of years ago.  These two factors would make anyone who doesn't already have connections to Bennett leery of donating.

The financial problems at Bennett go back the late 1990s and the enrollment problem has never been solved sustainably.  I eagerly read the strategic plan that was posted in this thread.  (I was disappointed to not be able to find it on their website earlier in December when this news broke.  How many of our schools have a real strategic plan that is easily accessible to the public?)  To be credible Bennett's plan has to sustainably address financial stability and enrollment.  That "plan" is basically a set of goals and aspirations with broad non-specific objectives.  They are going to solve enrollment by better marketing and curricular change?  Which curricular changes?  What's the empirical evidence that suggests those changes will yield greater and more sustainable enrollment streams?  What sort of marketing are they going to do that they haven't done in the last 20 years?  It's painful to say it, but this is the same pablum that many of our institutions put out year after year.  Worse, some of our institutions pay consultants to come up with this.  I sincerely hope that large-scale potential donors are getting a much more specific, detailed and better designed plan for the future.

This is not just about Bennett and Bennett is not the only HBCU with these problems.  It's mostly about accountability.  Most state boards at public universities don't care that much because they aren't invested in the success and sustainability of HBCUs.  Those of us who benefit from and care about HBCUs need to hold these institutions and their leadership accountable, especially the private HBCUs.  If not, we will keep getting these sad stories and potential closures. 

Comedian Marsha Warfield (from "Night Court") says she isn't made about Patti LaBelle.  She is angrier with people who favor a "don't ask, don't tell" approach.

The entire Facebook post reads:
When I told my mother I was gay, she said she knew, and had known all my life.
Then, she asked me not to come out publicly while she was alive.
I agreed, even though the request and her admission were hurtful in ways I couldn’t put my finger on then, and probably haven’t completely worked through now.
But, everybody who knew me, knew I was gay.
The people I didn’t tell knew anyway, and tacitly agreed to pretend that the unacknowledged had been acknowledged and accepted.
Like I’m sure is true for millions of other glass door closeted people.
When I went to bars, which was frequently, I never tried to hide who I was.
So, it was an open secret.
Had I never come out publicly, many, many people would have known.
It would not then have ever really been a betrayal of trust to “spill the beans.”
Because it wasn’t a secret, it was an uncomfortably kept promise to my mother.
But, it was also not the only reason I didn’t come out swinging when she passed.
The fear of the judgment of strangers and their holier-than-thou “shoulds” was at least as big of a burden to bear.
But the “shoulds” that “should” matter don’t.
Nobody should have to hide their sexuality.
No parent should ask their child to.
There should be no shame in being gay.
And, I ain’t mad at Patti LaBelle.
I’m mad at the people who are.

Patti LaBelle was asked a direct question about it by Andy Cohen.

After discussing the origins of LaBelle’s friendship with Luther, Cohen slipped in: “Did [Vandross] struggle with the idea of coming out publicly? Was that something that you talked about at all?”

“We talked about it,” said LaBelle. “Basically, he did not want his mother to be...although she might have known, but he wasn’t going to come out and say this to the world. And he had a lot of lady fans and he told me he just didn’t want to upset the world.”

Ruth Brown is an alumna of Dillard.  Before becoming president at Smith and then Brown University, she was a provost at Spelman.  While she was president at Brown, she nurtured and formalized relationships/linkages between Brown and Tougaloo that provide opportunities for Tougaloo students to study at Brown for a semester/year.  Those opportunities have been particularly beneficial to Tougaloo STEM students.  Also, she was until a few years ago on the board at Dillard.  Despite being known for leading an Ivy League university, she has been involved with HBCUs throughout the years.

Black students are not just going to PWIs because they think the ice is colder.  In many cases, PWIs are less expensive or comparable to private HBCUs.  PWIs with substantial endowments and/or other substantial non-tuition revenue sources can and do provide larger proportions of need-based institutional aid so that most students from working class and/or middle class households don’t pay sticker price.  One of the key areas of competition is affordability and private HBCUs may be losing the battle.

Net Price, 2014-2015
Net price is the cost per student after subtracting the average amount of governmental aid and institutional grants or scholarships from the total cost of attendance.

30-48K:  $11,579
48-75K:  $16,877
75-110K:  $27,257
110K+:  $44,931

30-48K: $6,769
48-75K:  $12,337
75-110K: $17,152
110K+:  $46,910

30-48K: $16,860
48-75K: $14,009
75-110K: $16,724
110K+:  $7,819

30-48K: $27,003
48-75K: $30,261
75-110K: —
110K+: $33,141

30-48K:  $25,781
48-75K:  $26,584
75-110K:  $27,820
110K+:  $21,065

30-48K:  $29,951
48-75K:  $30,747
75-110K:  $30,271
110K+:  $34,534

North Carolina A&T*  (Data combines in-state and out-of-state students who may pay different tuition and fees.)
30-48K:  $8,428
48-75K:  $12,355
75-110K:  $15,041
110K+:  $15,377

30-48K: $16,288
48-75K:  $18,553
75-110K:  $19,697
110K+:  $21,811


General Discussion Forum / Re: Is myers out at JSU
« on: November 01, 2016, 01:35:35 PM »
Former Secretary of the US Department of Education Rod Page has been announced as Jackson State's interim president.

General Discussion Forum / Re: Is myers out at JSU
« on: October 25, 2016, 06:55:34 PM »
"During Meyers' time as president, the university went from a $17 million cash flow surplus to an $8 million deficit."

General Discussion Forum / Re: Is myers out at JSU
« on: October 25, 2016, 06:49:30 PM »
Jag89 is right.  This administration financed a legacy by raiding JSU's savings account.  If it spent this money on activities that were likely to add to its revenues in the short or medium term, one might make a case for this being defensible.  None of the programs or activities on which they tell us the money was spent are net revenue generators now and they will not be for years.  The one oft-repeated example of the library facade for which they sought pre-approval is $3 million.  Cost breakdowns for the remaining $30 million have yet to be provided.  There is more to this than what we have been told.  

General Discussion Forum / Re: Is myers out at JSU
« on: October 25, 2016, 06:11:05 PM »
Meyers just offered her resignation.

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The IHL thinks it true. That article is based on an IHL press release from this morning. IHL is the governing board for Mississippi's four-year public universities.

General Discussion Forum / Re: What Really Happened at Burlington College
« on: September 01, 2016, 05:01:37 PM »
"I’m not privy to the details of Burlington’s slide to oblivion, but responsibility must lie, as at all colleges, with the board of trustees.

This is where the mistakes are made, years before the actual shutting of the doors, because small colleges don’t die in a moment. They linger, struggle. Presidents are let go. Others are hired. New trustees are hard to come by. Boards, weakened by years of tension and diminishing resources, find their members beginning to perform administrative tasks to help out. By the end, leadership is reduced to the intricacies of closure.

And all this happens at a time when a board’s expertise, history, and experience is most critically called for, if it exists. So the problem, compounded at smaller institutions where the margins for error are tiny, is not so much lack of money, which often seems to happen all of a sudden, but a long-term lack of professionalism, independence, and leadership at the board level."

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