UNCF Congratulates HBCU Benedict College on 2019 ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation

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Monique LeNoir UNCF Communications 202.810.0231 monique.lenoir@uncf.org

UNCF applauds its member institution, Benedict College, for winning the prestigious ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation. The award recognizes institutions that have overcome higher education challenges in innovative and creative ways to achieve dramatic changes.

The award was presented March 10 to Benedict College President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis during the American Council on Education’s (ACE) 101st Annual Meeting. “When I joined Benedict in the fall of 2017, I coined ‘The BEST of BC’ to acknowledge the college’s rich legacy, and to point toward creating a community of excellence, scholarly achievement, and talent development that embraces technology and innovation,” said Artis in a statement released by the college.

ACE accepted nominations and applications for the award from any U.S. college or university eligible for ACE membership. The award is divided into two categories:

  • Institutions with student populations of over 5,000 (awarded to the University of South Florida)
  • Institutions with student populations of up to 5,000 (awarded to Benedict College)

“Dr. Artis and the faculty and staff at Benedict College have proven to be true-to-form innovators of higher education. We commend Benedict’s commitment to enhancing student outcomes and for their dedication to ensuring students reap awards afforded by attaining such a high-quality liberal arts education,” UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax commented.

In 2017 when Dr. Artis was appointed as president of Benedict College, she focused efforts on developing a five-year strategic sustainability and growth plan. According to the college’s statement, as a result, Benedict lowered tuition, ended open enrollment, supported career development opportunities for students and improved course curriculum to better prepare students for the rigors of the 21st workplace. Under Dr. Artis’ direction, the college focused on innovation and created a dedicated enrollment management division, increased first-year student support and reduced debt.

“What Benedict and Dr. Artis have done together is indicative of the challenges that all historically black colleges and universities face. But, given the right leadership and access to resources, colleges and universities of their size can truly deliver impressive results. This award is a great achievement,” Lomax added.



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