GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) announced today that Bennett College will be removed from its membership.

The all-women's HBCU plans to appeal the decision by the SACSCOC. Bennett will retain its accreditation during the appeals process.

The decision by the SACSCOC comes at the end of Bennett College's two-year probation period due to financial instability and enrollment struggles.

“While we did not get the news we wanted today from SACSCOC officials, I remain optimistic that Bennett will make the necessary strides to demonstrate we deserve to remain accredited,” said Bennett President Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins.

School officials said Tuesday in a release that Bennett has made significant progress to address its financial stability, adding that the school generated a surplus and had no audit findings during fiscal year 2018.

Bennett has 45 days until the SACSCOC makes a decision on the appeal.

Until then, President Dawkins is asking for help.

“People care about Bennett. They are asking what they can do. We need your donations and connections for unrestricted funding," said Dawkins. "This is a call to action for those willing to stand with Bennett.”