Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Selma University May Close

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Selma University May Close

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SELMA, Ala. - After 119 years of operation, Selma University's financial problems seem to be dragging the school toward closure.

University President Willie Muse said Selma is about $1.8 million in debt. On top of that, last year it lost accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The board of trustees recently voted not to renew the contracts of all twenty-seven employees.

"I offered to resign and they accepted," said Muse, who was among those whose contract was not renewed.

More than 95 percent of the students were on assistance programs that are now unavailable because of the lost accreditation. As a result, the school's enrollment has dropped from about 200 students three years ago to its present size of about forty students.

"You can't operate a school with that few students," said Rev. Wilson Fallin Jr., a past president. "It was pitiful."

Muse and the other employees no longer will work for the university when their contracts expire May 31, unless the board decides to renew some contracts to keep the school going. …

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