Columbia, SC- August 1, 2023– Over the weekend at the annual meeting of the National Environmental Health, Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC) in New Orleans, Benedict College was awarded full reaccreditation for its Environmental Health Science (EHS) Program for a term of six years. The Council found that Benedict College EHS program to be a solid undergraduate environmental health academic program that graduates alumni well-prepared in the principles and practices of environmental health. EHAC will conduct its next evaluation of the program in 2029.
“I am proud that our Environment Health Science program met EHAC’s standards for quality and integrity,” said Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President and CEO of Benedict. “This prestigious achievement was made possible by the numerous contributions of our faculty, staff and students who represent the BEST of BC!”
The mission of the EHAC is to enhance the education and training of students in environmental health science programs. The Council develops and applies accreditation guidelines for institutions of higher learning that wish to ensure premium quality education and training of environmental health science and protection practitioners.
“This reaffirmation is evidence of the continued and consistent excellent work of the faculty and students in the Environmental Health Science Program, which first received accreditation in 2004. The program is committed to the graduation of environmental health practitioners educated in the professional disciplines of community, institutional, and occupational environmental health sciences, and this accreditation strengthens our degree program and the students who graduate from it.”
About Benedict College (benedict.edu)
Founded in 1870 by a woman, Bathsheba A. Benedict, Benedict College is a private co-educational liberal arts institution offering 26 competitive baccalaureate degree programs. The Midlands HBCU welcomes students from all 46 counties in South Carolina, 30 states across America, and 26 countries around the world. The College also has a diverse faculty; more importantly, 80 percent of courses are taught by full-time faculty.
Benedict College has been highly regarded and exceptionally ranked for its programs by several academic and traditional publications. 2019 Benedict College received the 2019 ACE/ Fidelity Investments Awards for Institutional Transformation and was named the HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest. Benedict College was listed among the top half of ranked HBCUs in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges by US News and World Report.
Benedict College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Six of the College’s degree programs hold national accreditation: The School of Education, Social Work Program, Environmental Health Science Program, Environmental Engineering Program, Studio Art Program, and the Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Entrepreneurship.