By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —  The nation’s oldest historically Black institution of higher learning is facing yet another battle– this time for its accreditation.

As KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg tells us, a regional accrediting body has put Cheyney University on probation.

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The 178-year-old Cheyney University has faced declining enrollment, as its number of students dipped to the all-time low of roughly 700 students.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education concluded the state-owned school lacked evidence that its “institutional resources” met the required standard.

“This accreditation will actually help Cheyney,” attorney Michael Coard told KYW Newsradio.

Coard represents Heeding Cheyney’s Call, a group that filed a civil rights suit against the Pennsylvania System of Higher Education, alleging decades of discrimination in funding.

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“It strengthens the lawsuit we filed,” Coard said.

Cheyney will maintain its accreditation, but has two years to meet regional standards.

They must file a report by next September.

P.A.S.S.H.E. and Cheyney issued a statement saying they will work together to address the issues raised.

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