Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Placed on Accreditation Probation

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has placed Cheyney University of Pennsylvania on accreditation probation. In a letter to Aaron Walton, president of Cheyney University, the commission warned that the “institution’s accreditation is in jeopardy.” The commission said that Cheyney had produced insufficient evidence of meeting several required standards including ethics and integrity, design and delivery of the student learning experience and planning, resources, and institutional improvement.

The commission also stated that the university fell short in meeting requirements in financial planning and budget processes and compliance with laws, regulations, and commission policies.

Cheyney alumnus and founder of Heeding Cheyney’s Call told the Philadelphia Tribune, that “Cheyney University has withstood much worse storms. People must remember that it was founded 28 years before slavery ended. Cheyney’s powerful history of resilience proves it will withstand this temporary probationary setback. I have been assured by confidential sources at Cheyney and in Harrisburg that the university is preparing a meticulously persuasive response to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.”

Cheyney University will remain accredited while it addresses the shortcomings outlined in the probation decree.

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