Benedict College Gets Poor Marks


By FITSNEWS || Benedict College – a private, historically black school in Columbia, S.C. – has made a national higher ed list.  Just not a good one.

According to Washington Monthly‘s list of “America’s Worst Colleges,” Benedict ranks fifth-worst nationally on the publication’s second classification of schools – which is heavily indexed to factor in graduation rates.  When the ranking’s focus shift to the number of degrees awarded to part-time and transfer students – along with the percentage of the study body borrowing money to attend school – Benedict jumps to No. 1.

A.k.a. “the worst.”

“How should we think about historically black colleges and universities?” the report’s authors note.  “HBCUs are an important part of the nation’s higher education legacy.  They provided educational opportunities for minority students at a time when discrimination meant that it was very difficult for them to turn elsewhere.”

We’re sensing a “but” coming …

“But many HBCUs also struggle with results, sometimes because of underfunding, sometimes for other reasons,” the authors added.

Other reasons?  Like … South Carolina’s chronically disastrous yet increasingly expensive government-run K-12 monopoly?

Hmmmm …

Higher education in America has become nothing but a government-subsidized racket … with increasingly expensive degrees providing decreasing returns in our “recovered” economy.

No wonder the bubble is about to pop … 


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Thank you Captain Obvious October 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm


Stunning headline.

BillBrasky October 24, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Benedict has one thing over Allen though: at least you have to take a college entrance exam (SAT, ACT, etc) to get into Benedict. Allen will take anyone….and I mean ANYONE.

Squishy123 October 24, 2014 at 3:08 pm

I wonder what the admission cut off score is on those tests?

Laqwaaaanda October 24, 2014 at 4:29 pm

However many points come with the ability to write one’s name. That, or the ability to play the real-life version of the game “Frogger” on Taylor Street while looking at white drivers with that “I dare you to hit me, cracka!”

Reader October 25, 2014 at 5:38 am

It’s a headline most of the students can read.

Karolyn October 24, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Is anybody surprised?

Travel Ball October 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Was forced to venture onto that campus last spring when my son played in an AAU basketball tournament there. Broken glass, trash, piles of dirt, half finished construction zones… about what I expected, but embarrassing none the less.

FastEddy23 October 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm

“… Other reasons? Like … South Carolina’s chronically disastrous yet increasingly expensive government-run K-12 monopoly? …”

And now comes the fed common core programs = even more dumbing down.

The Colonel October 24, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Based on the number of out of state students, you may have to look beyond our poor public schools

Just hand me my hood October 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm

I suppose it makes be racist to point out that Benedict has a student population that is 98.7% black.

Oh well.

Just hand me my hood October 24, 2014 at 2:54 pm

*makes me

Squishy123 October 24, 2014 at 3:09 pm

What’s the other 1.3%?

Just hand me my hood October 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Got no idea. I assume some token whites for the most part. But, I know a lot of black that claim native american heritage, so you’ve probably got some of those that claim grater than 50% lineage tossed in there.

Just hand me my hood October 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm

*greater (although they are grating too)

The Colonel October 24, 2014 at 11:26 pm

For the record, Benedict is 99% black. The quarterback and kicker on the football team are both white.

Just hand me my hood October 25, 2014 at 7:59 am

“The quarterback and kicker on the football team are both white.”

What an interesting irony, especially with the QB. All sorts of underlying themes of racial discord can be sewn with that fact.

Same ol' Same ol' October 25, 2014 at 12:15 pm

They must be desperate to play football. No good can come of it.

Thomas October 25, 2014 at 12:56 am

You just know that as the Common Core is fully implemented 2014-15, one must expect HBCU’s adjusting their curriculum to accommodate fully indoctrinated common core high school graduates. Same applies for major universities. How can universities not adjust to common core standards when common core freshman begin enrolling? Will our major universities be dumbed down to common core levels?

FastEddy23 October 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Easy! 1) Pay attention to the smarter students = those who learn math by learning math and 2) Pay attention to the smarter students = those who learn English by learning English … What do smarter students want? Not the bureaucracy driven agenda? Learning, education?

Bible Thumper October 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

It worst lists are populated by a mainly for-profit (libertarian structured) institutions.

John October 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Yes. The free market clearly is the best way to provide an education.

Logical fail October 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Wet sidewalks cause rain.

Squishy123 October 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm

I find that shocking, from the college that guarantees you a “C” in a course based on attendance alone. Next we’ll hear that they allow their students to take no-show courses like at UNC.

VoiceofReason October 24, 2014 at 1:11 pm

…… or uSC…..

truth October 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

or clempson

Squishy123 October 24, 2014 at 3:09 pm

That’s USC-e to you mister.

Squishy123 October 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Isn’t former Chief of Police Charles Austin running this place?

truthmonger October 25, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Yep. After he sent a bunch of City money to them for that stadium, they gave him a job as Dean of Students when things started getting too hot for him as City Mis-Manager…..

CorruptionInColumbia October 25, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I’m surprised that Benedict is not totally bankrupt by now, the way the City of Columbia was by the time he finally left it.

Jackie Chiles October 24, 2014 at 1:52 pm

We probably should do away with collegiate licensing and let the free market do its thing.

Silly Rabbit October 25, 2014 at 10:48 am

Does it bother anyone else that the local media builds Benedict up to be equals with Clemson and South Carolina? Its silly that Benedict gets so much air time. It wouldn’t bug me so much if they gave the other small schools like PC, Newberry, Wolford, and Furman equal time.

Barry1234 October 27, 2014 at 11:33 am

They only cover their sports teams. They never have any story on their academic record – good or bad.

Jimmy October 26, 2014 at 9:53 pm

If you can’t see the entire link above, Google “Dr. Antonio L. Ellis, How Benedict College Helped Me”.

xx October 27, 2014 at 2:02 pm

@FITS – this is not news except for those who just landed here from Mars.


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