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Historically black Cheyney U. sees enrollment drop

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 12, 2015 9:00 AM
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Cheyney University's Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons user Smallbones

(Cheney) -- Historically black Cheyney University is trying to recover from a steep drop in enrollment in recent years.

The state-owned school, located about 20 miles west of Philadelphia, has lost 50 percent of its enrollment in the last five years, including 30 percent in the last year.

Kenn Marshall, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education says the school had 711 full- and part-time students enrolled this fall.

University spokeswoman Gwen Owens says the school is trying to increase its academic offerings and adding high-demand programs.

The school is trying to offer more online programs and to make itself more accessible to junior college transfers.

Cheyney was founded in 1837 making it the oldest historically black institution of higher learning in the country.

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