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Accreditor asks Cabrini for information on its cuts to senior academic leadership positions

Accreditor asks Cabrini for information on its cuts to senior academic leadership positions

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Susan Snyder
November 3, 2022
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education said Monday it had requested a supplemental report from Cabrini, due on Nov. 16. Cabrini said it would comply.
The body that accredits Cabrini University has decided to examine the school’s planned cuts of senior academic leadership positions, including that of the provost, to help stem a mounting deficit.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education said Monday it had requested a supplemental report from Cabrini, due Nov. 16. On its website, the commission said it was asking for information on planning, resources and institutional improvement and governance, leadership, and administration.
A commission spokesperson declined to be more specific about what the commission was looking for, saying that its work is confidential and that the outcome of the request would be posted on its website. Among potential outcomes, the commission could accept the report, ask for more information, request a visit or take a “non-compliance” action, such as a warning, said Nicole Biever, the spokesperson.
Michelle Filling-Brown, Cabrini’s dean of academic affairs, said in a statement that the commission is seeking “further details on the university’s restructuring and our three-year financial plan, which combines cost reductions with targeted efforts to increase strategic revenues.”
The information request was prompted by recent media coverage of Cabrini’s plans to downsize, according to a university spokesperson, who said the school will comply.
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