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Alumni and staff of Morris Brown College are still pushing to regain accreditation.  The historically black college lost it more than a decade ago, in large part due to financial woes.

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Some Morris Brown supporters showed their loyalty at one of the school's regular cleanups Wednesday. Volunteers repainted parts of the campus and worked on other projects the college can’t get to on its limited budget.

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Jasmine Guy just can’t seem to stay out of college.

She first gained national attention as an actress for her role on "A Different World," a TV series following a group of students at a fictional historically black college. Now Guy is in a new series premiering Feb. 1 on BET. "The Quad" is also set on the campus of an imagined HBCU, though this time she’s playing a faculty member instead of a student.

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A group calling itself “Morehouse Alumni,” has launched an online petition asking the Board of Trustees to oust the school's president. The document says Morehouse is in “great turmoil,” and blames President John Wilson Jr.'s  administration for alienating alumni, a drop in enrollment and poor fundraising efforts.

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Two Atlanta colleges will get federal education grants to help them boost retention and graduation rates.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Monday that Spelman College and Georgia State University will receive more than $11 million total toward those efforts.

Georgia State will get almost $9 million. The university has tracked all of its students for the last three years to see what factors cause some to drop out. GSU will work with other universities — in states like Arizona, Texas and Ohio -- to expand that research.

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