Cheyney University Eyes Change as Enrollment Declines


Cheyney University is trying to find permanent leadership and new ways to stay afloat as its dropping enrollment threatens the school’s future. Image via Cheyney University.

While West Chester University has seen its enrollment increase over the last six years, other state schools are experiencing the opposite.

Some even fear for their future, writes Sunny Morgan for The Quad, WCU’s student newspaper.

Cheyney University had 1,436 students a decade ago. Today, that number has been cut almost in half to 746 students. The historic institution has also been struggling with debt and leadership issues.

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The problems at Cheyney and other state colleges recently caught the attention of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors. It called for a system-wide study to look into the financial and enrollment challenges of the entire system.

“Enrollment has declined by almost 12 percent in the last six years,” said Kenn Marshall, spokesperson for PASSHE. “We’re going to visit every campus and meet with business and community leaders to come up with things to do long term.”

The Board of Governors has also called for a task force, comprised of state administrators and officials, to lead development and change. The panel will deliver its preliminary recommendations to the PASSHE board and university trustees by next month.

Read more about the issues most PASSHE universities are facing in The Quad by clicking here.

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