The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 12, 2012

University of Charleston to offer scholarships to MSU students

The University of Charleston will offer special scholarships to Mountain State University students who decide to transfer this fall, university president Dr. Ed Welch announced Wednesday.

“Those of us with the University of Charleston are very sympathetic to students and families who feel they want an alternative to attending MSU this fall. We have decided to set aside some assistance if they wish to have an alternative,” he said.

Scholarships will be offered to all students currently enrolled at Mountain State University who wish to transfer.

Welch said the decision came after having a long talk with a woman, who has two family members enrolled at MSU, who expressed a desire to find an alternative option and asked if the Charleston school could help to provide support.

“We are not making any aspersions about Mountain State University. We are just responding to the expressed interest of students and parents who are wanting immediate options,” he added.

Welch said he understands that many families and students may be worried.

“We are in the middle of July. At the University of Charleston we are four weeks from having the kick-off for our faculty and staff. I understand many students may be trying to figure out, ‘What is the best decision for me?’ or ‘I have been here three years, what is the value of the courses I’ve taken.’”

Welch said the University of Charleston will honor transfer credits for courses completed while MSU remains an accredited institution.

Moreover, he said U of C’s curriculum provides a liberal education. Students in all degree programs are expected to demonstrate general education skills in science and writing in conjunction with professional preparation, allowing for more confidence in transfer credits as students will continue to develop core skills.

“This is a tough situation and the decision has been rather sudden. No one knew what the decision was going to be and we are all trying to decide how to respond to it. We are sympathetic to students trying to make the best choices they can,” Welch added.

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