IT’S A GREAT DAY AT WILBERFORCE UNIVERSITY!
Wilberforce University was notified today, November 12, 2015 by the governing body of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that accredits institutions of higher education that the Show-Cause Order placed on the institution on June 14, 2014 has been lifted. The Show-Cause order placed Wilberforce University under threat of losing its accreditation if the institution was not brought into compliance with the criteria and practices of the Higher Learning Commission.
The Higher Learning Commission has now placed Wilberforce under a standard path, meaning the school is now fully operating under best practices, consistent with all other institutions that are accredited by the rules and standards of the HLC.
The HLC Board of Trustees based its action on the institution satisfactorily meeting all five of the Core Components under which the University was evaluated. The University submitted a 3,000 page Show-Cause Report on December 15, 2014, hosted a comprehensive site visit on April 20-22, 2015, and submitted an additional 700 pages of supplemental materials in October 2015 that addressed such issues as enrollment, infrastructure, and budget. HLC stated that “The Board finds the commitment to those challenges have been demonstrated.”
HLC also stated that “The Board and Wilberforce President, Algeania Warren Freeman, Ph.D., have developed working plans to achieve the goals of the institution. That is evidenced by interviews and Board meeting minutes, with senior administrators additionally supplementing those plans.”
Further, HLC noted that “The current administration has created realistic, financial projections which will help the University and its future plans. That was purposed by a pledged, unrestricted gift of $4 million, confirmed during a meeting with the AME Church.”
The HLC continued to find “…there is further compliance with bond covenants which were in technical default and now through meetings with administrators and trustees, there is demonstration that the institution’s financial situation is fully comprehended as well as the importance of ongoing financial analysis for effective and strategic future planning. That will include annual plans linked to budgets connected to the University’s strategic plan as well as a structured five year financial model.”
The HLC lauded the school’s “… progress in making changes to the physical plant and technological infrastructure and creating a schedule to address other maintenance issues.
The University has taken action that includes hiring a new financial aid director, developing new procedures to address financial aid issues and instituting a reconciliation process to handle issues.”
The accreditation agency has approved the Wilberforce Board of Trustees’ financial support through its giving campaign that has led to the improvement of the university’s finances.
The HLC finds the University has enhanced its student enrollment, expecting greater student population and even more robust growth in the academic year 2018.
DR. ALGEANIA W. FREEMAN, PRESIDENT OF WILBERFORCE UNIVERSITY, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENTS, ALUMNI, A.M.E. CHURCH, AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS ARE DEEPLY GRATEFUL TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED THEIR EFFORTS TO BRING WILBERFORCE UNIVERSITY INTO FULL COMPLIANCE WITH THE CRITERIA AND PRACTICES OF THE HIGHER LEARNING COMMISSION. SPECIAL APPRECIATION IS EXTENDED TO THE HIGHER LEARNING COMMISSION FOR HELPING THE INSTITUTION ACHIEVE ITS GOAL OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SO THAT THE INSTITUTION CAN CONTINUE TO PREPARE GREAT LEADERS FOR THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY.
GREAT NEWS YET AGAIN!! Evidence of a major turn around at Wilberforce University is the information listed below showing that for the first time in five years, Wilberforce University will hopefully have the annual audit completed in November 2015.
This report issuance will be the earliest issuance of an audit report in over a decade as the previous audit reports listed as appendices were issued as follows:
June 30, 2010 – issued on 10.28.11
June 30, 2011 – issued on 4.27.12
June 30, 2012 – issued on 3.13.13
June 30, 2013 – issued on 12.18.13
June 30, 2014 – issued on 2.27.15
June 30, 2015 – anticipated issuance 11.2015
Wilberforce University has affected Cost Savings on insurance enacting the following activities:
1. The University has redesigned the health care benefit plan to achieve a net savings of 4.7% or $41,448.
2. The University renegotiated the lease purchase buyout in relation to student transportation for a net savings of 81% or $17,000.
3. The University renegotiated the liability, property and other related insurance policies for a net savings of 13% or $65,174.
Wilberforce University continues its impressive turn around under the expert leadership of President Algeania W. Freeman!
Thank you for your kindest consideration.
D.R. Buffinger, Ph.D.
Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Planning
Dr. Algeania Marie Freeman was inaugurated as the 20th President of our Alma Mater on Friday, September 25, 2015. It was a grand occassion for our new leader who has done some phenomenal work since setting her feet on the campus. Congratulations Dr. Freeman! It's a Great Day at Wilberforce University.
CLICK HERE for complete photo album of the inauguration courtesy of Mr. Melvin Contee, who so graciously captured this event.
Please take a moment and enjoy the latest newsletter from the Office of Alumni Affairs.
The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCUs) today announced its 2015 HBCU All-Stars, recognizing 83 undergraduate,
graduate, and professional students for their accomplishments in academics, leadership, and civic engagement. Out of the 450 applicants, Ms. Christina Hatcher of Wilberforce University was named one
of the 83 HBCU All-Stars. Christina is just one example of the great student leaders produced by Wilberforce University. To learn more, please click on the following link.
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 24, 2015 - Washington Monthly magazine today released its College Guide, an annual issue that takes a different approach to ranking the nation's colleges and universities while exploring with industry experts what's right and wrong with American higher education. Wilberforce University is ranked number 25 in the Best Baccalaureate Colleges category of the 2015 College Rankings.
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Wilberforce has officially launched its radio station. Great things are happening at Wilberforce because of the vision and leadership of a Great leader. Please click on the link below to find out more about our radio station.
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