By Wendy Holdren
Mountain State University’s final accreditation appeal has been denied by an appeals panel of the Higher Learning Commission.
Because the appeals panel has now affirmed MSU’s accreditation withdrawal by the HLC, the action is now final and is not subject to further appeal.
MSU President Dr. Richard Sours said officials remained hopeful that the decision would be overturned, but “this was the expected outcome.”
“We were not real optimistic.”
The Board of Trustees of the HLC acted June 28 this year to withdraw accreditation from MSU effective Aug. 27, but after an appeal from the university, the Board agreed to continue accreditation under show-cause until Dec. 31.
The appeals panel met Dec. 4 in Chicago to hear a final appeal from MSU, but they upheld the Board’s decision and let MSU officials know Dec. 18 the appeal was denied.
The University of Charleston will continue the teach-out process with MSU students; any students wishing transfer will have the option to do so at the UC-Beckley campus, which will open its doors Jan. 1.
Sours said UC-Beckley will lease the buildings from MSU, but will only be responsible for paying insurance and utilities.
“It’s not like we’re making money from the lease,” Sours said.
He explained that the entity Mountain State University Inc. cannot cease existence until all bills have been paid, all lawsuits settled, etc.
A number of the lawsuits filed by former nursing students have been grouped together to be heard before a mass litigation panel, Sours said, which will expedite the court process.
After all transactions are settled, Sours said MSU will transfer its assets to UC, either at little or no cost to the University of Charleston.
“The closing of Mountain State University is bittersweet. I’m very sad to see the university go out of existence, but I’m glad the students will be afforded an opportunity to finish their educational goals.”
— E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Wendy Holdren
- BREAKING NEWS
- 8 from Beckley area arrested for oxycodone fraud, distribution
Nelson Mandela, 20th century colossus, dies at 95
Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world’s most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.
Wyoming to gain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area designation
U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-W.Va.) Thursday announced Wyoming County will be included in the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) enabling the County to receive additional federal resources to further the coordination and development of drug control efforts.
Clements named president of Clemson University
Jim Clements has been named the 15th president of Clemson University.
Clemson Board of Trustees Chairman David Wilkins announced the board’s selection Monday. Clements has been president of West Virginia University since 2009
Marlinton fire under control after destroying 4 downtown buildings
A fire tore through several businesses and at least one apartment building in Marlinton early Sunday morning, according to reports from Pocahontas County’s 911 Center. By Sunday evening, reports said the fire was under control.
Texas passes on making Luck its AD
The University of Texas passed on making West Virginia University’s Oliver Luck its athletic director Tuesday, choosing Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson instead.
Deal reached to avoid default and open government
Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day’s end.
Police: Gunman who fired at U.S. courthouse in Wheeling dies
A man armed with what federal marshals described as an assault-type rifle fired up to two dozen rounds at a West Virginia federal courthouse Wednesday until police returned fire and killed him, state police said.
Shots fired outside U.S. Capitol; one injury reported
A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol, police said Thursday. They locked down the entire complex, at least temporarily derailing debate over how to end a government shutdown.
The shooting unfolded after police chased a black car up Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol, said tourist Edmund Ofori-Attah, who walked toward the scene as the car stopped.
"Then I heard the gunfire" and hit the ground, he said.
Government shuts down as Congress fails to pass budget
For the first time in nearly two decades, the federal government staggered into a partial shutdown Monday at midnight after congressional Republicans stubbornly demanded changes in the nation’s health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats adamantly refused.
- More BREAKING NEWS Headlines