- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania’s auditor general says the future of the nation’s first historically black university is in doubt amid rising debt and falling revenue and enrollment.

The audit released Wednesday finds Cheyney University’s expenses exceeded revenue in four of the last five years and budget deficits were projected to grow by $5.5 million.

Enrollment at the suburban Philadelphia institution has dropped by more than 400 students to 1,053 since 2008-2009.

Audtor General Eugene DePasquale says Cheyney is among several state schools strapped by dwindling government funding.

Cheyney, founded in 1837 as the Institute for Colored Youth, is implementing recommendations on staffing and expenses.

They include reducing the administrative and facility workforce by 23 percent and decreasing non-personnel expenses by 22 percent. That will mean a 50 percent cut in discretionary spending.


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