Sunday, December 21, 2014

Agency lifts warning against Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An accrediting agency has lifted sanctions against Birmingham-Southern College over finances.

Officials with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools voted Thursday to lift a warning against the school.

The Atlanta-based organization imposed sanctions on Birmingham-Southern in 2011. The school had piled up $13 million debt at the start of the previous academic year.

A statement from Birmingham-Southern says the college has raised almost $16 million in unrestricted funds over the past year, leading to the improvement.

Birmingham-Southern has about 1,200 students. The liberal arts school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.