Wilberforce University

Officials from the Higher Learning Commission are inspecting the facilities and academic programs at Wilberforce University this week, and the future of the nation's oldest black, private university is at stake.

The Higher Learning Commission regulates accreditation. Last June, the HLC found the university was out of compliance in several areas including its academic programs, finances and facilities. Now, the commission is back to see how Wilberforce has addressed those problems.

Weather conditions have caused the agency that will decide Wilberforce University's fate to postpone a planned visit to the campus.

The Higher Learning Commission issued a show-cause order last June alleging the university was out of compliance in several areas including its academic programs, finances and facilities.

In December, Wilberforce delivered a 3,000 page document to the commission explaining that it has improved the conditions on campus and should keep its accreditation.

Wilberforce University is the nation’s oldest, private historically black college and university (HBCU).
Wilberforce University

Wilberforce University held a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday Jan. 30 for recently renovated buildings. The university continues to repair its facilities and academic programs to fight a show-cause order issued by the Higher Learning Commission.

The HLC issued the show-cause order last June alleging the university was out of compliance in several areas including its academic programs, finances and facilities.

Jeff Sellers, acting vice-president of institutional advancement, says repairing the campus facilities before an HLC visit next week was critical.

Wilberforce University is the nation’s oldest, private historically black college and university (HBCU).
Wilberforce University

Wilberforce University now has less than a month to fight a Show Cause Order that could strip the school of its accreditation. There have been big administrative changes made in order to help the university keep its doors open.

To address the Show Cause Order from the Higher Learning Commission, Wilberforce hired a new President Dr. Algeania Freeman, and recently appointed 11 new board of trustee members. New board chair Mark Wilson, says they've been working overtime to address the commission's concerns.

There's a chance that Wilberforce University could lose its accreditation, but the university is about to get some help from one of its biggest supporters in order to keep its doors open.

The African American Episcopal Church put together the fundraising campaign to help Wilberforce battle a show cause order from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The order states that the university could lose its accreditation due to fiscal and academic difficulties.

Wilberforce University

Wilberforce University has named a new president. The country’s oldest private historically black college and university announced that Dr. Algeania Warren Freeman will become the school's 20th president - taking over for Dr. Wilma Mishoe who was serving in an interim capacity.

Wilberforce University has announced changes on its Board of Trustees. The leadership change is part of the school's "Force of Change" strategy to help it survive academic and fiscal problems. The Wilberforce Alumni Association and university officials say the strategy will include naming a new president and reorganizing the board of directors.

Wilberforce University was set to name a new president this week, but the selected candidate turned down the offer, and now a new search is underway.

Dwayne Smith, vice-president of academic affairs at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, Mo, was offered the job to become the school's 20th president at an alumni conference in Memphis. But the head of the Wilberforce Faculty Association, Richard Deering, indicated that Smith balked at the offer after learning he was not the university's first choice.

The agency responsible for accrediting schools in Ohio  has informed Wilberforce University that the school is in danger of losing its accreditation.  School officials believe it will be an uphill battle to fix the situation.

The Ohio Higher Learning Commission issued a "Show-Cause Order" letter to Wilberforce this week, which means the school must prove that its accreditation shouldn't be removed.

Wilberforce University held its 158th Founder’s Day Observance celebration Tuesday morning. The keynote speaker was Democrat Tracy Maxwell Heard, Minority Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives. Heard's speech delivered an announcement regarding the university's immediate future.

As the crowd of over 200 people listened to the minority leader speak, they were surprised to hear that trustee Dr. Wilma Mishoe has been named interim president of Wilberforce. The announcement was supposed to be made at a later date.

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