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  Sonia Sanchez, a prominent black rights activist and critically acclaimed poet, came to the Dayton area to speak at Wilberforce University's 160th anniversary celebration. Sanchez is best known for her part in helping create the first Black studies program in higher education. She came to the WYSO studio to speak with Gabriel Civil, a performance arts professor at Antioch college. The two reflect on Sanchez's life,her poetry and the black arts movement through years of change and intergenerational influence.  

 

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

Officials announced yesterday that Herman J. Felton Jr. will become Wilberforce University’s 21st president. He will replace Dr. Algeania Freeman, who announced her retirement earlier this month.

Felton previously worked as the Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Livingstone College in North Carolina. He also served 8 years in the Marine Corps.

A university spokesperson said Felton was selected because of his proven leadership skills, work ethic, and ability to fundraise.

Wilberforce University To Keep Accreditation

Nov 13, 2015
Wilberforce President Dr. Algeania Freeman
Wilberforce University

Wilberforce University, the oldest private black university in the country, announced today that the show-cause order issued against them last year and threatened its accreditation has been removed.

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

Then Wilberforce presented a 3,000-plus page document to the commission in December detailing plans to fix the problems listed in the show-cause order.

Faculty, Administrators Reflect On Student Unrest At Wilberforce In The 1960s

Jul 29, 2015
courtesy of Yvonne Seon

In the late 1960s, black students on college campuses around the country were at the vanguard of protest to bring about change in the world around them. While there is an extensive record of student views of these activities, we rarely hear the perspectives of faculty and administrators who worked at these campuses. Community Voices producer Kevin McGruder looks at the challenges facing faculty and administrators during times of student unrest on the campus of Wilberforce University in the late 1960s.

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.

HLC Postpones Visit To Wilberforce University

Feb 16, 2015

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 Continues to Fight Show Cause Order

Feb 2, 2015
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 President Dr. Algeania Freeman
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.

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