“Many thought this feat was impossible, but because of our strong belief in God, our wonderful hardworking faculty and staff, the support of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, our dedicated alumni, and our resilient spirit, we have been able to make a full mark,” College President Kevin James said in a statement.
“This was really a tough reset. This is just the beginning!” James said.
The college has accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), a Virginia-based accrediting agency.
CNN has reached out to TRACS for comment, but has not heard back.
Reaccreditation means the school is eligible again to apply for Federal Education Funding which can go toward Student Financial Assistance and Pell Grants or on-campus housing as long as the college remains compliant with federal terms and standards.
The school was holding a thin thread
The college never officially closed, but it was holding a thread.
Faced with mounting debts and a crumbling infrastructure, the school’s board of trustees offered management an option: to close their doors for good. The grounds could in theory be converted into a museum or site for private development, but its days as an active college seem to be over.
James, the college president, disagreed. It was believed that there was still a chance to regain accreditation, and to develop as an operational campus.
James was appointed interim president in early 2019 and formally appointed president in May 2020. He immediately focused on what he called a “factory reset” of the college.
In April 2021, Maurice Brown officially received an accreditation nomination by TRACS. This means that the institution is in basic compliance with TRACS standards and criteria and has been evaluated by an on-site peer team that has found the institution to provide sound instruction and student services.
Fast forward a year and the school celebrates its recertification.
CNN’s Skylar Mitchell contributed to this report.