Alumni of Ohio college fight to help it survive

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Alumni of the country's oldest historically black private university are committing money and other support to help the southwestern Ohio school fight to survive amid possible accreditation loss, financial deficits and low enrollment.

The southwestern Ohio university and its alumni association say alumni committed to raise $2 million in cash donations. Wilberforce University officials say in a Wednesday statement released first to The Associated Press that those donations include $400,000 pledged at last weekend's alumni conference.

The school also is focusing on changes it says will include realigning its board and modifying facilities and academics.

The efforts follow an accrediting group's order for Wilberforce to show why it shouldn't lose accreditation.

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