Cheyney University accreditation reaffirmed

After years of struggle, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education announced Monday that Cheyney University – the historically black university in Pennsylvania – will retain its accreditation.

The news was greeted with celebrations from supporters of the country’s oldest HBCU who observed that the institution has seen one setback after another, including declining student enrollments and fiscal challenges.

But things started to change for college over the past year. In August, Cheyney announced a budget surplus of $ 4.4 million for the first time in eight years thanks to funds raised by donors, alumni and a state grant. The number of students enrolled this year has increased by 32%, or 149 more students, this year compared to last year. It currently has around 618 students, although university officials predict they will double that number in the next few years.

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“In the midst of a major transformation, corporate partnerships, intensive alumni engagement, ambitious and successful fundraising goals, and strong enrollment growth are bringing a new life to a university that has overcome many difficult challenges in the world. in recent years, “reads a letter to faculty, staff, and students drafted and signed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf; Pennsylvania State Higher Education System Board of Governors Chair Cynthia Shapira; The Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State Higher Education System, Dr. Daniel Greenstein; University Board Chairman Robert W. Bogle and University President Dr. Aaron Walton

Dr. Janelle L. Williams, associate dean of graduate studies and extended learning at Widener University and a former student of Cheyney said she was “delighted” to learn that Cheyney’s accreditation has been reaffirmed.

“Yet, as an administrator in higher education, I took this news as an opportunity for the institution to reposition itself,” she said. “It’s the start of a new era for Cheyney, and I’m delighted to see how the plans unfold.

Wolf, who has been a strong supporter, said Cheyney will continue to play a vital role in educating students

“Cheyney University is the nation’s first historically black university and remains an important educational resource for many students in Pennsylvania,” Wolf said in a statement, adding that the new accreditation will allow students from all walks of life “to have a equitable education that will prepare them for a prosperous future.

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