Education Frustration: Area University Sees Majority Of Its Students File Withdrawal Papers

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Hundreds of students at an area university are requestion a transfer to leave the school for another.

Approximately 330 of 489 students at Wilberforce University requested withdrawal papers from the school, and marched together to get transfer papers to nearby Central State University. Wilberforce University is the nation’s oldest private historically black university. It was named in the early 18th century to honor abolitionist William Wilberforce.

The students reasons for leaving  include: high tuition costs, a reduction in services including dorm space, and mold concerns.

Brandon Harvey, a member of the student government, said the students “came together, got withdrawals and marched to get transfer papers. If we are not heard, over 200 students will transfer.”

Wilberforce President Dr. Patricia Lofton Hardaway said “the University continues to work in the best interest of the students. We don’t take this as a gauntlet; as a line in the sand. Students are our reason for existing and we have long been a place of access and success and we know that we will continue.”

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