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B-CU Granted Reaffirmation of Accreditation by SACS through 2020

Bethune-Cookman University is pleased to announce today its reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges.
The announcement, which was made today at the SACS annual conference in Louisville, KY, included a report that the SACS onsite visiting committee, who came to the B-CU campus earlier this year for assessment, did not find any standards that the university did not meet. This places B-CU in a category with only two percent of other schools who receive this level of reaffirmation.
"It was an incredible thrill to hear this wonderful news in person today about The GREAT Bethune-Cookman University," said B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed who is in Louisville at the conference. "Thanks be to God, our founder and the entire B-CU family. This goes to show the level of success we can reach together with incredible teamwork. I could not be more proud of our beloved institution.”
The reaffirmation continues the B-CU accreditation for ten years, through 2020. Accreditation by the Commission on Colleges indicates that B-CU supports a mission appropriate to higher education, demonstrates that its resources, programs and services accomplish this mission, and maintains clearly specified educational outcomes that are consistent with its mission.   

“On behalf of myself and the B-CU board of directors, I would like to commend the entire team involved with the reaffirmation of accreditation process with SACS,” stated B-CU Chairman Dr. Larry R. Handfield. “We couldn’t be more proud of the incredible leadership of Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, who managed this process from start to finish. The success of our reaffirmation is a clear indication of the standards of excellence upheld by the institution and its administration and I am deeply proud personally as both an alumnus and chairman of the board.”
Bethune-Cookman, which earned its university status in 2007, has a great deal of recent success to be proud of, including:

  • The construction of two new state-of-the art campus facilities: the Lee Rhyant Residential Life Center, which opened fall 2010 and the Larry R. Handfield Athletic Training Center, set to open in 2011
  • The largest graduating class at the 2010 Spring Commencement with 519 degrees awarded
  • Reaching the greatest enrollment goals in history with numbers continuing to rise to more than 3,600 students with 1,100 freshmen enrolled in fall 2010
  • The development of a new graduate studies program in environmental science, set to begin in 2010
  •  Achievement of A+ bond rating in 2010

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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