Statement of Accreditation Status

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

  • CEO: Mr. Aaron Walton, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Ms. Erika Shehata
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Christy Faison, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus » Four-year, very small, highly residential
  • Control: Public
  • Former Name(s): Cheyney State College
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1951
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2019
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2022-2023
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2020

Contact Information

1837 University Circle P. O. Box 200
Cheyney, PA 19319-0200

(610) 399-2000

www.cheyney.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • June 25, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report requested November 21, 2019. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • April 30, 2020
    To grant a delay of the monitoring report requested by the Commission action of November 21, 2019 and due September 1, 2020, because of extraordinary circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions. The report is now due December 1, 2020. To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of formal written notice from the institution in response to the Commission’s request of March 9, 2020. To temporarily waive Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and allow the use of distance education to accommodate students impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions, in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 5, 2020. Continued use of distance education beyond the limitations of USDE guidelines will require substantive change approval in accordance with Substantive Change Policy and Procedures. This flexibility is not available for clock-hour courses that lead to licensure if the licensing body will not accept distance learning courses or hours or give credit for them toward the number of hours a student must complete. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • November 21, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the show cause report. To note the visit by the Commission’s representatives. To acknowledge receipt of the institution’s Intent to Appear before the Commission to present its reasons why its accreditation should not be withdrawn. To note the presentation by the institution’s representatives on November 21, 2019. To acknowledge receipt of the institution’s request to present the following new information at the presentation, as approved by the Chair of the Commission: (1) Updated Response to the Report of the Team Visiting Cheyney University September 9-10, 2019, (2) accompanying appendices, and (3) a formal presentation for the appearance as approved by the Vice-Chair of the Commission. To reaffirm accreditation because the institution is now in compliance with Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement) and Requirement of Affiliation 11. To note that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Office of the Governor, has provided written assurance of the elimination of Cheyney University’s debt to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and the Office of the Chancellor. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2020, demonstrating sustainability of implemented corrective measures and further evidence of (1) documented financial resources, funding base, and plans to assure long-term financial stability (Requirement of Affiliation 11); and (2) fiscal and human resources adequate to support its operations (Standard VI Planning, Resources and Institutional Improvement). In addition, to request a supplemental information report, due March 1, 2020, providing evidence of the resolution of Cheyney University’s debt obligations to PASSHE and evidence of the payment plan negotiated with the United States Department of Education to satisfy the institution’s title IV repayment obligations (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 11). To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission about any and all significant developments relevant to this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023. To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review will be delayed.
  • November 21, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of and approve the teach-out plan and teach-out agreements.
  • November 21, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report requested October 7, 2019.
  • October 7, 2019
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due October 21, 2019, addressing recent media reports which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard II: Ethics and Integrity, Standard IV: Support of the Student Experience, and Requirement of Affiliation 5.
  • November 15, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the show cause report. To note the visit by the Commission’s representatives. To require the institution to continue to show cause, by August 15, 2019, to demonstrate why its accreditation should not be withdrawn because of insufficient evidence that the institution is in compliance with Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement) and Requirement of Affiliation 11. To grant a final, second extension for good cause to extend the period to demonstrate compliance by one year, to November 21, 2019, because the institution has provided written and compelling evidence that the quality of student learning has not been compromised, demonstrated significant progress towards the resolution of its noncompliance issues, is making a good faith effort to remedy existing deficiencies, and a reasonable expectation exists that such deficiencies will be remedied within the period of the extension. To note that the institution remains accredited while on show cause. To require a show cause report, due August 15, 2019, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with the Commission’s standards, requirements, policies and procedures, and federal compliance requirements. The show cause report must include:(1) documented financial resources, funding base, and plans to assure long-term financial stability (Requirement of Affiliation 11); (2) continued implementation of budget reductions agreed to as part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)-authorized debt-forgiveness plan; (3) written confirmation from PASSHE that this is the case; and (4) documented steps taken to resolve the issues associated with the $29.6 million potential liability to the U.S. Department of Education (Standard VI Planning, Resources and Institutional Improvement.) To direct an on-site show cause visit following submission of the report. The purpose of the on-site show cause visit is to verify the information provided in the show cause report and the institution’s ongoing and sustainable compliance with the Commission’s standards, requirements, policies and procedures, and federal compliance requirements. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. To note that the institution will be invited to appear before the Commission when it meets to consider the institution’s show cause report. To note that the date of the next evaluation visit will be determined when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • November 15, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the teach-out plan and teach-out agreements. To approve the teach-out plan and teach-out agreements. To require a teach-out plan and teach-out agreements, due August 15, 2019, documenting evidence of an updated teach-out plan with signed copies of teach-out agreements, including any documentation supporting the agreements.
  • June 21, 2018
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative.
  • November 16, 2017
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the show cause report, approve the teach out plan, and note the visit by the Commission’s representatives. To note that the institution is now in compliance with Standard 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation and Institutional Renewal) and Standard 5 (Administration). To continue the institution on show cause because of insufficient evidence that it is in compliance with Requirement of Affiliation 8 (Documented Financial Resources) and Standard 3 (Institutional Resources). To extend the period for demonstrating compliance by one year, for good cause, because the institution has demonstrated significant progress towards the resolution of its non-compliance issues, is making a good faith effort to remedy existing deficiencies, and a reasonable expectation exists that such deficiencies will be remedied within the period of the extension. To note that the institution remains accredited while on show cause. To request a show cause report and an updated teach out plan, both due September 1, 2018, providing evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Commission standards including, but not limited to: (1) documented financial resources, funding base, and plans for financial development adequate to support its educational purposes and programs and to assure long-term financial stability (Requirement of Affiliation 11 (formerly 8)); (2) implementation of the budget reductions agreed to as part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)-authorized debt-forgiveness plan; (3) written confirmation from PASSHE that this is the case; and (4) documented steps taken to resolve the issues associated with the $29.6 million potential liability to the U.S. Department of Education (Standard VI (formerly Standard 3)). To further request that the report include (1) evidence of sufficient learning opportunities and resources to support programs of study and students' academic progress (Standard III) and (2) the following data for the three most recent years available: Title IV cohort default rates and the institution’s status with regard to Heightened Cash Monitoring (HCM) with USDE. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission expectations. A small team visit will follow submission of the show cause report. To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission about any and all significant developments relevant to this action.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the show cause report, approve the teach out plan, and note the visit by the Commission’s representatives. To note that the institution is now in compliance with Standard 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation and Institutional Renewal) and Standard 5 (Administration). To continue the institution on show cause because of insufficient evidence that it is in compliance with Requirement of Affiliation 8 (Documented Financial Resources) and Standard 3 (Institutional Resources). To extend the period for demonstrating compliance by one year, for good cause, because the institution has demonstrated significant progress towards the resolution of its non-compliance issues, is making a good faith effort to remedy existing deficiencies, and a reasonable expectation exists that such deficiencies will be remedied within the period of the extension. To note that the institution remains accredited while on show cause. To request a show cause report and an updated teach out plan, both due September 1, 2018, providing evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Commission standards including, but not limited to: (1) documented financial resources, funding base, and plans for financial development adequate to support its educational purposes and programs and to assure long-term financial stability (Requirement of Affiliation 11 (formerly 8)); (2) implementation of the budget reductions agreed to as part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE)-authorized debt-forgiveness plan; (3) written confirmation from PASSHE that this is the case; and (4) documented steps taken to resolve the issues associated with the $29.6 million potential liability to the U.S. Department of Education (Standard VI (formerly Standard 3)). To further request that the report include (1) evidence of sufficient learning opportunities and resources to support programs of study and students' academic progress (Standard III) and (2) the following data for the three most recent years available: Title IV cohort default rates and the institution’s status with regard to Heightened Cash Monitoring (HCM) with USDE. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission expectations. A small team visit will follow submission of the show cause report. To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission about any and all significant developments relevant to this action.
  • June 22, 2017
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission’s representatives. To require the institution to show cause, by September 1, 2017, as to why its accreditation should not be withdrawn. To note that the institution remains accredited while on show cause. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission expectations. The institution is required to present its case for continued accreditation by means of a show cause report documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Requirement of Affiliation 8 (Documented Financial Resources), Standard 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal), Standard 3 (Institutional Resources), and Standard 5 (Administration). An on-site evaluation will follow submission of the report. The purpose of the on-site evaluation is to verify the information provided in the institution’s show cause report and the institution’s ongoing and sustainable compliance with the Commission’s accreditation standards. To request that the show cause report document evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Commission standards including, but not limited to documented evidence the institution has: (1) documented financial resources, funding base, and plans for financial development adequate to support its educational purposes and programs and to assure long-term financial stability (Requirement of Affiliation 8); (2) developed, implemented, and widely communicated a resource allocation strategy that is clearly aligned with the institution’s strategic priorities and includes a clear description of resource allocation strategies and a means of assessing the effectiveness of these strategies ; (3) developed plans to initiate a strategic planning process that will reflect the institution’s mission and goals as they may be redefined by the work of existing task forces (Standard 2); (4) developed and implemented a financial plan that provides for annual and multi-year budget projections, utilizes planning and assessment documents, and addresses both near- and longer-term resource acquisition and debt reduction (Standard 3); (5) initiated a process to hire permanent campus leadership to address the significant issues they face and to ensure progress and stability of the campus. (Standard 5) To further request that the show cause report include the following data for the three most recent years available: Title IV cohort default rates; USDE Financial Responsibility Composite Scores; and the institution's status with regard to Heightened Cash Monitoring with USDE. To also request that the institution complete and submit for approval, by September 1, 2017, a written teach-out plan describing how, if the Commission withdraws accreditation, students will be accommodated. In accordance with Commission policy and federal regulations, the teach-out plan must provide for the equitable treatment of students to complete their education, and include any teach-out agreements that the institution has entered into or intends to enter into with another institution. Approvals from any licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities, as may be necessary, must also be provided to the Commission.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To note the institution’s progress in addressing concerns relative to Standard 4 (Leadership and Governance) and Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To continue the institution on probation due to insufficient evidence that it is in compliance with Standard 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation and Institutional Renewal), Standard 3 (Institutional Resources), Standard 5 (Administration), and Requirement of Affiliation 8 (The institution has documented financial resources, funding base, and plans for financial development adequate to support its educational purposes and programs and to assure financial stability). To note that the institution remains accredited while on probation. To request a monitoring report due March 1, 2017, documenting evidence that the institution has (1) achieved and can sustain compliance with Standards 2 and 3, and Requirement of Affiliation 8 that includes, but is not limited to, evidence of the development and implementation of an inclusive budget process that has been fully communicated to all of the appropriate constituent groups; revised multi-year budgets, including evidence-supported enrollment assumptions for each year, and comprehensive fundraising and debt repayment plans; and (2) developed and implemented a comprehensive administrative structure and organizational chart that includes all key positions, clearly defines all reporting relationships and decision making authority granted to each position identified (Standard 5). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission expectations. To remind the institution, in compliance with Federal regulations, of its responsibility to resolve all of its accreditation issues within two calendar years of the date when the probation was first issued by the Commission.
  • October 31, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first post-baccalaureate certificate program (Trauma Informed Education Studies - TIES) within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission’s November 19, 2015 action placing the institution on probation because of insufficient evidence that the institution is in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources). To note that the institution remains accredited while on probation. To note that the monitoring report due September 1, 2016 has been received and will be acted upon at the November 2016 Commission meeting. The due date for the next self-study evaluation will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • March 3, 2016
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution of the Commission's November 19, 2015 action placing the institution on probation because of insufficient evidence that the institution is in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources). To note that the institution remains accredited while on probation. To remind the institution of the monitoring report due September 1, 2016. The due date for the next evaluation visit will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the Supplemental Information Report.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the progress report. To place the institution on probation because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources) and to request a monitoring report due September 1, 2016 documenting (1) the implementation of a technology plan; (2) the development and implementation of a long-term financial plan; (3) steps taken to strengthen the institution’s finances; (4) updated cash and financial projections for the next five years. To further request that the monitoring report document steps taken to assure continuity and stability of institutional leadership (Standard 4); and the continued documentation and implementation of steps taken to use assessment results to improve programs and services. (Standard 7) A visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission expectations. To note that the institution remains accredited while on probation. To note that the date of the next evaluation visit will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • September 4, 2015
    To request a supplemental information report, due October 16, 2015, addressing recent developments at the University which may have implications for continued compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources).
  • November 20, 2014
    To reaffirm accreditation. To commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process and report. To request a progress report due October 1, 2015 documenting (1) the development and implementation of clearly stated and widely communicated enrollment targets that are used for planning and resource allocation (Standard 2); (2) the development and implementation of a comprehensive facilities master plan and a multi-year technology plan (Standard 3); (3) steps taken to further implement an organized and sustainable assessment process to evaluate the extent to which all units achieve stated goals including evidence that assessment information is used to improve programs, services, and processes (Standard 7); and (4) further development, implementation, and documentation of an organized and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve learning goals for distance learning courses including evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2019.
  • March 1, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report and to note that a small team visit will not be conducted. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.
  • April 6, 2011
    To revise the March 3, 2011 Commission accrediting action for Cheyney University to read as follows: To accept the monitoring report, remove the warning and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due November 1, 2011 documenting (1) the further implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to budgeting; assigns responsibility for improvements and assurance of accountability; and provides for periodic assessment of the effectiveness of planning, resource allocation, and institutional renewal processes (Standard 2); and (2) the further implementation of a budget process that is aligned with the institution's mission, goals and strategic plan (Standard 3). A small team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct the institution to commence self-study in lieu of the Periodic Review Report due June 1, 2011. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.
  • March 3, 2011
    To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To accept the monitoring report, remove the warning and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due November 1, 2011 documenting (1) the further implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to budgeting; assigns responsibility for improvements and assurance of accountability; and provides for periodic assessment of the effectiveness of planning, resource allocation, and institutional renewal processes (Standard 2); and (2) the further implementation of a budget process that is aligned with the institution's mission, goals and strategic plan (Standard 3). A small team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2012-2013.
  • Distance Education
    Not approved to offer programs by this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Approved to offer ONE program at this credential level: Trauma Informed Education Studies - TIES
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Additional Location
    Philadelphia Urban Site
    701 Market Street 3rd floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

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