BJU says bye-bye to Pleasantburg bridge, hello to accreditation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges officially gave the university regional accreditation on Thursday

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Bob Jones University's pedestrian bridge over North Pleasantburg Drive has been removed for general maintenance. Photo by Josephine Salley McMullen

Bob Jones University is making serious changes.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges officially gave the university regional accreditation on Thursday, a quest the school began in 2011.

BJU’s website says “regional accreditation assures students they are receiving a high quality education” by making it easier to transfer course credits, earn acceptance to graduate schools, help alumni enter certain professions that require regional accreditation, and prove credentials to employers.

On top of this new accreditation, the university will keep its long-standing recognition from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), according to a BJU press release.

The university is also making physical changes to its campus, including maintenance on the pedestrian bridge that crosses over North Pleasantburg Drive.

Randy Page, BJU’s director of public relations, said that the bridge, which was recently removed, will receive a new paint job as well as a thorough safety inspection.

Page said that although an influx of students with vehicles has decreased the number of those who have used the bridge since its opening in 1986, more than enough students use the walkway to keep it in use.

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