Public Disclosure:

Wilberforce University Status Continues

as “Accredited-Probation”

Effective April 30, 2020

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the accrediting body for Wilberforce University, has extended the Probation sanction of Wilberforce University.

The University was originally placed on Probation in June 2018. The University recently requested a postponement of a required Institutional Actions Council (IAC) meeting which has caused the University to exceed the two-year period on Probation. This has required an extension. The University has submitted a Provisional Teach-Out Plan to HLC which was developed to protect our students and prevent an interruption in their academic journey in the event of an unfavorable decision regarding Wilberforce’s accreditation by the HLC Board of Trustees in November.

What Probation Means for Wilberforce University Students:

First, students should know that the University is accredited during this period while on Probation. Other colleges and universities will continue to accept Wilberforce University credits for transfer or admission to a degree program. Students interested in transferring should contact the institution they may wish to attend so that they are fully informed about the admissions and transfer policies and requirements of the institution.

Noted Criteria for Accreditation:

In 2018, HLC concluded that Wilberforce University did not meet the following HLC Criteria for Accreditation:

  • Criterion Five, Core Component 5.A, “the institution’s resource base supports its current educational programs and its plans for maintaining and strengthening their quality in the future”
  • Criterion Five, Core Component 5.C, “the institution engages in systematic and integrated planning”

HLC further conclude that Wilberforce University met, with concerns, the following Criteria for Accreditation:

  • Criterion Three, Core Component 3.C, “the institution has faculty and staff needed for effective high-quality programs and student services”
  • Criterion Four, Core Component 4.C, “the institution demonstrates a commitment to educational improvement through ongoing attention to retention, persistence, and completion rates in its degree and certificate programs”

Next Steps:

While on Probation, Wilberforce University has an opportunity to address and remedy the issues which led to the Probation sanction. As such, the leadership of Wilberforce University has been laser-focused on rigorous and disciplined action to permanently assuring compliance with all criterion related to the University’s accreditation.

The HLC Board of Trustees will review the comprehensive evaluation team report, which recommended the withdrawal of accreditation of Wilberforce University with HLC, and related documents at its November 2020 meeting to determine whether Wilberforce University has demonstrated that it is now in compliance with all Criteria for Accreditation and whether Probation can and will be removed.



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