Troubled Barber-Scotia College Seeks Revival

Historically black college faces long odds to get back in good standing

In Deep Trouble, Barber-Scotia College Seeks Revival 1

Davis Turner for The Chronicle

Tiffany Dunlap, Mike Hinton, Nicholas TenEyck, and Vivian Jones are among the 12 students left at Barber-Scotia College.

At Barber-Scotia College's opening convocation last month, the entire freshman class fit on one wooden pew at the front of the college's chapel, while speakers implored them to keep faith in their institution.

Barber-Scotia, a four-year college here, is on the edge of extinction. The college lost its accreditation in 2004, and total enrollment is down to a dozen, 10 of whom are first-year students. The historically black college, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church