The Higher Learning Commission started a three-day on-site visit today to evaluate whether Wilberforce is compliant with the accreditation criteria
The campus visit was scheduled after the commission issued a show-cause order in June 2014 listing areas of non-compliance which included:
- finance oversight;
- governance and administrative structures; and
- inconsistent board decision making processes.
In December, Wilberforce University sent a 3,000-page report to the commission addressing why the school’s accreditation should not be withdrawn.
After the site visit this week, the commission will draft a report related to the visit and the university will have two weeks to respond to any factual errors in the report, according to the commission.
Wilberforce, one of the nation’s oldest historically black private colleges, is one of more than 1,000 institutions accredited by the commission. Without the accreditation, students would not be eligible for federal financial aid and the university would not be able to accept international students.
Wilberforce University has raised more than $6 million for campus upgrades which include a new technology center that will be launched in the fall and will be used by students, staff and the community, said university officials.
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