Black people have long enjoyed the idea of being "separate and extra-equal" - an idea that they get to have their own institutions, schools and organizations, yet Black people also get to continue to garner affirmative action, victim status and laws that codify "hate crimes" as only those committed by white people against them and not vice-versa.
"Educational accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of an educational institution or program are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. If standards are met, accredited status is granted by the agency."
“Historically black colleges represent only 4 percent of all higher-education institutions, but roughly 40 percent of all African-American students graduate from them,” said Dorothy Yancy, the president of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.According to a study by Education Trust, 60 percent of the nation’s students complete their undergraduate studies in six years.
For an African-American student enrolled at a historically black college or university, where 70 percent of students are low income, the odds of completion are even lower, Sias said.
"Over the past two decades, at least seven historically black colleges have lost their accreditation. While some schools were able to regain their accreditation status, others, such as Knoxville College and Morris Brown College, remain open without regional accreditation.So with 40 percent of Black people graduating from schools that are in jeopardy of losing their accreditation - schools no longer trusted to bestow a quality education to their students - what does that mean to the future of Black people everywhere?
"Paul Quinn College lost its accreditation on Thursday, one of several actions taken by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. "
The small, historically black Texas college had struggled for several years with financial and academic problems. The association’s Commission on Colleges had placed the institution on probation in 2007. "
“They had made progress … but they ran out of time before they could come into compliance on everything,” Belle S. Wheelan, president of the commission, told The Dallas Morning News.
"Clayton County schools are the first in the nation in the past 40 years to lose accreditation, failing to meet eight of nine improvement mandates...That means that if Clayton meets the mandates by May, this year’s seniors could graduate with an accredited diploma...A loss of accreditation means the 50,000 Clayton students could have trouble getting into some colleges and universities, or receiving scholarship money. High school juniors and seniors will be able to maintain Hope scholarship eligibility because of legislation signed earlier this year by Gov. Sonny Perdue."