Morris Brown College’s ongoing effort to regain its accreditation took another step forward when it announced the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission named it an “institute of higher learning.” College officials have been working with the commission in recent months to have that designation. Kirk Shook, the commission’s executive director, described it as a first step to getting accreditation from an agency. Because Morris Brown is not accredited, students are not able to receive federal loans. The college is seeking accreditation from the Virginia-based Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Morris Brown, a historically black college near downtown Atlanta, lost its accreditation in 2003 due to financial aid fraud by some then-administrators.