Cheyney University has faced a declining enrollment and a series of financial setbacks in recent years, but the nation’s oldest historically black university that was founded before the Civil War will not be closed or merged with another one of Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities according to initial findings by a third party. After being on accreditation probation for roughly two years, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education required Cheyney to prove why it should not lose its accreditation status. Initial findings of a consulting firm that reviewed the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s 14 schools did not suggest closings or mergers for any of the state-owned schools, including Cheyney. Instead, the commission called for an overhaul of the state system’s leadership. According to its website, the Colorado-based National Center on Higher Education Management Systems’ mission is to improve strategic decision making in post-secondary education for states, systems, institutions, and work-force development organizations in the United States and abroad. The group’s final recommendations for Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities will be released at the end of this week.