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.READ MORE: Philadelphia Commerce Director Michael Rashid Resigns After He Reportedly Made Anti-Semitic Remarks, Verbally Abused His Staff
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.READ MORE: Adventure Aquarium In Camden Holds Special Inclusion Event With Sensory-Friendly Attractions
“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.MORE NEWS: Temple University Parents To Rally Over Safety After Samuel Collington's Death