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The Baltimore Sun reports that the "financially strapped" Sojourner-Douglass College may become part of a Virginia-based for-profit school, Stratford University in a deal to be spelled out in April 2015.
According to the Sun, Stratford president Richard Shurtz announced on April 1 that a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions "provides a framework to establish the Sojourner-Douglass Center at Stratford University," with programs in nursing, health sciences, information technology, and business.
It was not immediately clear what impact that any such agreement would have on current students' ability to complete programs with accreditation or to transfer credits to Stratford or any other institution.
Sojourner-Douglass College students have been in limbo following the Middle States Commission on Higher Education's decision to withdraw accreditation due to inadequate financial resources.  Sojourner-Douglass's accreditation ends in June 2015.
 
 
Baltimore-based Sojourner-Douglass College has lost its accreditation, with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education upholding its decision to withdraw approval of the school due to financial instability.   The loss of accreditation becomes effective June 30, 2015.
Accreditation is critical in higher education because it allows schools to be eligible for federal financial aid, including Pell grants, and makes it possible for students to transfer credits earned at the institution to some other colleges and universities.
Students with concerns about the impact of the loss of accreditation on them can learn more here about a class action firm that is reviewing these developments.
 
 
Sojourner-Douglass College is facing a critical period, raising questions about the future of the  educational programs that it delivers to students.
In early February 2015, the Baltimore-based college closed its satellite campus in Edgewater, with the college's president announcing that all but one employee at the branch had been let go.  As reported in the Baltimore Sun, the campus closed amidst questions raised by a pending lawsuit alleging that the school had failed to pay rent at the location. 
Meanwhile, Sojourner-Douglass, founded in 1972 and serving non-traditional students, awaits word on its future from its accrediting agency, which voted in November 2014 to withdraw accreditation for the school primarily due to financial instability.  The school appealed the decision by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is expected to rule on the appeal later in February 2015.
If the school loses its accreditation, it will not be eligible to receive grants and loans from the United States Department of Education, which is the primary means by which students pay for their education at Sojourner-Douglass.
The school has lost substantial numbers of students as its troubles have mounted. According to the Baltimore Sun, enrollment has dropped to approximately 750, down from 1,300.  
If you are a student or employee of Sojourner-Douglass who wishes to share concerns about the school's troubles with an attorney, you may do so here or send an e-mail to contact@collegewatchdogs.net.