Cheyney University, the embattled HBCU which recently preserved its accreditation through an extension of its show-cause status, this week announced that it would discontinue football as a varsity sport.
Cheyney University will live for at least another year, after the Middle States Commission on Higher Education yesterday announced its extension of ‘show cause’ status for the embattled institution.
Show cause status is extended for the embattled, historic HBCU through 2018.
There is no coincidence that the Philadelphia Inquirer today published an exhaustive requiem on Cheyney University, one of the nation’s oldest historically black colleges and the campus most likely to close in the next 12 months.
Days ahead of a critical accreditation vote by officials at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education which could determine the survival of one of the nation’s oldest historically black colleges, Pennsylvania’s Board of Governors has moved to show stability in executive leadership by naming interim president Aaron Walton as permanent appointee.
Executives at Cheyney University say Interim President Aaron Walton is the ideal fit to lead the university out of massive debt and into the future.
Embattled Cheyney University will not face Alabama State in the Hornets’ annual homecoming classic, due to lingering financial issues.
The University of Virginia’s Miller Center has released audio tapes of former US President Lyndon B. Johnson discussing Lincoln University alumnus and acclaimed civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall as a potential candidate for appointment to the US Supreme Court in 1967.
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has alerted Cheyney University that it will forgive more than $30 million in state and system loans to the school, if the nation’s oldest historically black college cuts more than $7.5 million dollars from its 2017-18 operating budget.
Jim Vance, a Cheyney University graduate who was Washington D.C.’s longest serving broadcast news anchor, died last week after a battle with cancer. He was 75.
His life and impact were memorialized by the Washington Post.
Cheyney University faces a Sept. 1 deadline to demonstrate its plan for financial solvency and academic service delivery or will lose its accreditation.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education offered a public disclosure statement last month on the university’s continuing problems with leadership structure, debt reduction planning and revenue creation.
Students of color and women have historically been absent from the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) field. According to the 2013 Census Bureau report, Hispanic Americans make up 6.5% and African Americans only make up 6.4% of the people employed in the STEM field, in comparison to their white counterparts who make up 70% of those employed in the same field.
Facing more than $30 million in debt, a lack of academic niches and a geography problem, Cheyney University is all but gone despite the honorable fight for its survival being waged by alumni and supporters.