Cheyney University’s accreditation has been extended, providing the institution with an additional year to execute its turnaround plan, writes Susan Snyder for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education agreed to extend the accreditation of the nation’s oldest HBCU through November 2019. This highlights the progress the school is making.
In granting the extension, commission chairman Gary L. Wirt cited the school’s “good-faith effort to remedy existing deficiencies.”
Cheyney president Aaron Walton praised the commission’s decision.
“We are working in a deliberate manner to transform the university to ensure it continues to serve the commonwealth into the future,” he said. “We’re now going to continue our efforts to make sure we have complied with all the requirements, so we can continue to move forward with the transformation.”
Cheyney, which is part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, has been on probation since 2015. It has to submit a report on its progress to the commission by August 2019.
According to spokesperson Brian Kirschner, this is the second and final extension available under commission policy. The board will then decide whether Cheyney can keep its accreditation next year.
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