Mountain State Univ Officials Meet With HLC Over Accreditation

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Mountain State University officials met Monday in Chicago with five trustees from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to present the school’s case for continued general accreditation of the university as a whole. This follows an Order to Show Cause as to why accreditation should continue and a site visit from the HLC. The HLC will determined MSU’s fate at a June meeting. If continued accreditation is denied the future of the university continuing to operate is grim.

Interim President Dr. Richard Sours presented changes the school has made to address concerns the commission had regarding governance, leadership and faculty, as expressed in its June 2011 Show Cause Order said Dr. Jerry Ice, president of the Mountain State University Board of Trustees. Sours, supported by a group of officials, including Chief Academic Officer Dr. Roslyn Clark-Artis, made the presentation to the commission. “He answered all their questions and indicated that progress has been made and positive changes are under way,” Ice reported.

The bachelor’s degree nursing program lost state accreditation by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Nurses in February, and students were phased out of the program this semester. MSU also closed its nurse anesthesia program last fall on the heals of being placed on probation and a former student’s lawsuit.

Multiple lawsuits have been filed by current and former nursing program students over the loss of accreditation to the their programs.

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