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Benedict College
College
is a four-year historically black, liberal arts college located in Columbia, South Carolina. Founded in 1870 by northern Baptists, it was originally a teachers' college. It has since expanded into a full four-year college offering a variety of majors in the liberal arts field.

Contents

1 History 2 Academics

2.1 Accreditation 2.2 Criticism

3 Student activities

3.1 Greek letter organizations 3.2 Athletics 3.3 Marching Tigers "Band of Distinction"

4 Notable alumni 5 References 6 External links

History[edit]

Benedict College
College
Historic District

U.S. National Register of Historic Places

U.S. Historic district

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Location Roughly bounded by Laurel, Oak, Taylor and Harden Sts. on Benedict College
College
campus, Columbia, South Carolina

Area 3.9 acres (1.6 ha)

Architect Urquhart, James B.

Architectural style Classical Revival

NRHP reference # 87000809[2]

Added to NRHP April 20, 1987

Benedict College
College
was founded in 1870 on a 110-acre (45 ha) plantation in Columbia, South Carolina. Under the auspices of the American Baptist Home Mission Society, Mrs. Bathsheba A. Benedict of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, provided the amount of $13,000.00 to purchase the land to open Benedict Institute on December 12, 1870.[3] This new school was established for the recently emancipated people of African descent. Benedict's first class consisted of ten recently emancipated former slaves and one teacher, the Reverend Timothy L. Dodge, D.D. He was a college-trained preacher from the North, who became president of the Institute. Benedict Institute set out from humble beginnings in a dilapidated former slave master's mansion to prepare men and women to be "powers for good in society". The dilapidated mansion, built in 1839, served as the first schoolhouse where grammar school subjects, along with Bible and theology, were taught. Eventually other subjects were added to the curriculum to address the original objective of the school: to train teachers and preachers. On November 2, 1894, the institution was chartered as a liberal arts college by the South Carolina
South Carolina
Legislature and the name Benedict Institute was changed to Benedict College. From 1870 to 1930, Benedict College
College
was led by seven northern white Baptist ministers, all college trained. On April 10, 1930, the Reverend John J. Starks, who earned his bachelor's degree from the college in 1891, became the first African American president of the college. Five African American presidents have succeeded him. In 1994, with a strategic planning process in place, Benedict College set an enrollment goal of "2000 by the year 2000". The goal was achieved in 1996 with an enrollment of 2,138 students. The fall 2002 enrollment was 3,000. Benedict College
College
is engaged in an ongoing strategic planning process, which will guide the College
College
in the 21st century. The college is currently implementing a $50 million campus improvement plan, which includes land acquisition and the completion of a comprehensive athletics complex. Campus facilities improvements over the past nine years[when?] have included installation of air-conditioning, fire sprinkler systems, and security systems in residence halls; completion of an activities field and community park; renovation of historic Antisdel Chapel, Bacoats and Alumni Halls, and restoration of historic Morgan, Pratt, and Starks Halls, including the Student Leadership Development Center. During this period, new construction has included three residence halls, a parking garage, a campus center/dining hall, an Administration Building, and a Business Development Center. Additionally buildings were acquired to house a fitness center, and the Division of Community Development/Center for Excellence. Three apartment complexes have been purchased for student housing. As a part of the college's community development thrust, more than 50 dilapidated properties in the adjacent community have been renovated. The Benedict College
College
Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.[2] It encompasses five buildings constructed between 1895 and 1937: Morgan Hall (1895), Pratt Hall (1902), Duckett Hall (1925), Antisdel Chapel (1932), and Starks Center (1937).[4][5] Academics[edit] Benedict offers 29 degrees from 12 departments.[6][7] In addition to offering traditional education, the college also offers continuing education for those "non traditional students". Accreditation[edit] Benedict College
College
is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
to award baccalaureate degrees. The Teacher Education Program is fully approved by the South Carolina Department of Education and the Program in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The Environmental Health Science Program is fully accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). Criticism[edit] Benedict College
College
has been criticized for its lack in providing sufficient academic standards, especially because of its so-called Success Equals Effort (SE2) policy, which awards grades on the basis of effort and knowledge to all freshman and sophomore students. In 2004, two untenured professors were dismissed for refusing to adopt the policy which would have forced them to give a passing grade to students who had actually failed their exam.[8] Student activities[edit] Greek letter organizations[edit] The university currently has chapters for all nine of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations:

Organization Symbol Chapter Chapter Symbol

Alpha Kappa Alpha
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority ΑΚΑ Psi Ψ

Alpha Phi Alpha
Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity ΑΦΑ Gamma Pi ΓΠ

Delta Sigma Theta
Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority ΔΣΘ Gamma Upsilon ΓΥ

Iota Phi Theta
Iota Phi Theta
Fraternity ΙΦΘ Theta Kappa ΘΚ

Kappa Alpha Psi
Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity ΚΑΨ Gamma Mu ΓΜ

Phi Beta Sigma
Phi Beta Sigma
Fraternity ΦΒΣ Gamma Lambda Gamma ΓΛΓ

Sigma Gamma Rho
Sigma Gamma Rho
Sorority ΣΓΡ Beta Epsilon BE

Zeta Phi Beta
Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority ΖΦΒ Kappa Beta KB

Omega Psi Phi
Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity ΩΨΦ Epsilon Epsilon EE

Athletics[edit]

Official athletics logo.

Benedict College, known athletically as the Tigers, competes as a member of the NCAA Division II's Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). The sports the school sponsors are: football, men and women's basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, cross country, golf, handball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cheerleading, and marching band. The college has built the Charlie W. Johnson Stadium for its football games on-campus, which opened in 2006. Basketball games are played at HRC Arena. The college's cheer is "Break an arm, break a leg, Benedict!" The Benedict's Tigers Tennis
Tennis
Team won the SIAC Conference in 2015. Marching Tigers "Band of Distinction"[edit] Benedict's Marching Tigers "Band of Distinction" was founded in the 1960s under the direction of Roy McCollough. The band performs at most football games, home basketball games, and several special events throughout the year. In 2017, the band made its first appearance at the Honda Battle of the Bands
Honda Battle of the Bands
Invitational in the Georgia Dome
Georgia Dome
of Atlanta, Georgia. The band is currently under the direction of Herman Jones, Jr.[9][10] Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)

Modjeska Monteith Simkins 1921 leader of African American public health reform, social reform and the civil rights movement in South Carolina [11]

Harold A. Stevens 1930 lawyer and former judge who served on the New York Court of General Sessions and New York Court of Appeals [12]

Jack B. Johnson

former County Executive for Prince George's County, Maryland

LeRoy T. Walker

former U.S. Olympic Committee Chairman

Waliyy Dixon

Professional streetball player

Kris Bruton

Basketball
Basketball
player who currently plays with the Harlem Globetrotters

Bennie Lewis 2009 Professional basketball player

James Maxie Ponder

First African American physician in St. Petersburg, Florida [13]

Charles L. Purce 1879 President of Selma University
Selma University
and Simmons College
College
of Kentucky

References[edit]

^ As of 2007. Mindy Lucas. "Benedict's Heavy Hitter". Free Times (Columbia, SC). Retrieved January 17, 2012.  ^ a b National Park Service
National Park Service
(2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.  ^ Betsey, Charles L. (2008). "Grading for effort: the success equals effort policy at Benedict College". Historically black colleges and universities. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers. pp. 149‒164. ISBN 9781412812191. Retrieved 2013-05-27.  ^ J. Tracy Power (February 1987). "Benedict College
College
Historic District" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
- Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 2014-01-07.  ^ "Benedict College
College
Historic District, Richland County (Columbia)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 2014-01-07.  and accompanying map ^ "Degree Programs and Majors". Archived from the original on 2005-06-29.  ^ "Academics". Benedict College. Archived from the original on 2005-09-01.  ^ Grading system spurs controversy at South Carolina
South Carolina
college, Brown Daily Herald, September 29, 2004. http://www.browndailyherald.com/2004/09/29/grading-system-spurs-controversy-at-south-carolina-college/ ^ http://www.benedict.edu/cms/?q=node/274 ^ http://www.hondabattleofthebands.com/band?id=3 ^ "Modjeska Simkins - Notable Black South Carolinans". scafricanamerican.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2011-01-26.  ^ Navarro, Mireya (November 11, 1990). "Judge Harold Stevens First Black on Court of Appeals". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2011-01-25.  ^ Arsenault, Kathy (17 September 2001). "The Ernest Ayer Ponder Collection" (PDF). University
University
of South Florida St. Petersburg: Digital Archive. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 

External links[edit]

Official website Official athletics website

Coordinates: 34°00′47″N 81°01′13″W / 34.012947°N 81.020345°W / 34.012947; -81.020345

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