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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bad Weather Gives Wilberforce, Oldest Private HBCU in the Country, a Few More Months

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 1:26 PM

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A report in the Dayton Business Journal earlier this month said that the "Show-Cause" visit from the Higher Learning Commission, which will determine the fate of Wilberforce University, has been delayed. Due to "inclement weather," the HLC folks won't be visiting the campus in Xenia, Ohio, until April. 

Scene visited Wilberforce back in August to get a more intimate look at the problems facing the oldest private historically black college (HBCU) in the country. The university risked losing its accreditation due to serious financial and leadership issues, not to mention an extreme decline in enrollment. 

Since that time, the school has appointed a new president, completely revamped its board, and is confident that they'll wow the accreditation team when they visit later this year. 

"It's a great day at Wilberforce University," wrote President Algeania Warren Freeman in a statement to Scene. "The 3,000-page Show Cause Accreditation Report was submitted to the Higher Education Commission on time on December 15, 2014. The University was fully ready to host the accreditation site visit on February 2-4, 2015. The entire University Community is excited and ready to host the accreditation site visit on April 20-22, 2015." 

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