The institution has degree-granting authority from the appropriate government agency or agencies.
Morehouse College, a non-profit corporation, was duly incorporated under the laws of the State of Georgia in 1879 as the “Atlanta Baptist Seminary,” for the principle purpose of providing higher education. Its Articles of Incorporation were amended in 1913 to change its name to “Morehouse College” and again in 1935 and 1955, to extend educational facilities to all persons qualified for admissions. The College remains in existence and is in good standing within the State of Georgia.
The College’s degree granting authority is otherwise not governed by state law. Within the State of Georgia, the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission regulates nonpublic postsecondary institutions under the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutional Act of 1990, (the “Act”) as amended (see O.C.G.A. §20-3-250.3(12)); however, as Morehouse College was chartered prior to 1955 and is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, it is exempt from the requirements of this Act. A letter, dated April 5, 2005, from the director of the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission is evidence of the College’s exemption from the Act.
Morehouse College’s degree granting authority derives from its Articles of Incorporation, and vests in its Board of Trustees under the provisions of Article I found on page 1 of the College’s bylaws. The College does not offer degrees from any location outside of its Atlanta, Georgia, campus. Accordingly, it does not require degree-granting authority from any other source.