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Knoxville College, one of the oldest historically Black institutions in the country, is partnering with the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in an effort to regain its accreditation.
Doctoral students in the higher education administration Ph.D. program at the university plan to help Knoxville College get back on track after losing its accreditation in 1997. The students will help Knoxville College officials complete the paperwork necessary to pursue reaccreditation with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) and ensure the accreditor’s policies and procedures are followed. The hope is that students will simultaneously gain work experience by learning about the accreditation process and higher education governance and finance, according to a press release sent today.
“We are thrilled to partner with Knoxville College to give PhD students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in higher education leadership and to work with a key partner in this community,” Robert Kelchen, professor and head of the department of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, said in the release. He added that students will start working with Knoxville College starting this summer and will continue through the upcoming fall.
Interim president of Knoxville College Leonard Adams celebrated the move as the beginning of what he hopes will be a long-standing relationship between the two institutions.
“There are so many untapped resources and amazing opportunities between these two institutions that should be explored and collaborating to regain our accreditation is just the tip of the iceberg for partnership,” he said in the release.