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HBCU removed from accreditation probation

HBCU removed from accreditation probation

PHILADELPHIA – HBCU Cheyney University of Pennsylvania issued the following statement regarding Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s June 26, 2024, probation decision:  

“Cheyney University appreciates Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s (MSCHE) review of our accreditation and its decision to remove our probationary status as of June 27, 2024. This reaffirmation of accreditation by MSCHE validates our unwavering commitment to academic and operational excellence. It also reinforces our view that an accreditation process must be fair and transparent for all institutions of higher education, including HBCUs. 

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“While we agree with this decision, we remain disappointed by the process to arrive at this long-overdue outcome and will continue to advocate for equity and transparency. This current Commission decision is consistent with the assessment of three separate MSCHE-appointed peer evaluator teams that visited Cheyney’s campus between February 2023 and April 2024 and formally reported that Cheyney appears to meet the Commission’s Standards of Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation. Middle States’ decision reflects the undeniable progress Cheyney University of Pennsylvania has achieved under the stewardship of our administration, the dedication of faculty and staff, and the relentless support of our countless advocates who have stood by Cheyney throughout this entire process so we can serve our students and continue to uphold the legacy of our institution.

“As a part of its accreditation action, MSCHE, has requested that the University submit a monitoring report, which is customary, due March 1, 2025. Our next evaluation visit by Middle States is scheduled for 2030-2031, part of our eight-year accreditation cycle.”

Cheyney University, established in 1837, holds the distinction of being the first historically Black college or university (HBCU) in the United States. Located in Pennsylvania, Cheyney has played a pivotal role in African American higher education, providing a vital platform for academic excellence, cultural heritage, and social justice. Its mission has always been to empower students through quality education, fostering leadership, and community engagement. Cheyney’s rich history and ongoing contributions highlight its significance as a beacon of opportunity and progress for generations of Black students, making it a cornerstone of the HBCU legacy.

HBCU removed from accreditation probation

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