The University of Charleston (UC) is offering help to students of the Mountain State University (MSU), which lost its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.
UC will give financial aid to MSU students who want to join the Charleston-based private school. The university's President Ed Welch said that certain amount has been earmarked to help the students, reported Charleston Daily Mail.
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"If you've been enrolled at Mountain State, we're going to give you a scholarship to UC," Welch told the Mail Wednesday.
Welch also said the MSU students will be considered for a transfer based on their academic performances.
The HLS withdrew its accreditation for the Mountain State University following failure to adhere to the requirements of the accrediting body after a show-cause order was issued last year.
MSU was given a year to fulfill all the requirements. After an evaluation of the report submitted by the MSU, the HLC commission revoked the accreditation offered to the university citing lack of administrative structure and quality of education as basic grounds for their decision.
The withdrawal comes into effect from August 27. The university officials announced that they will make an appeal to withhold HLC's decision and continue with the accreditation. Till the appealing process is over, MSU can hold his accreditation.
The HLC decision came as a rude shock for the MSU students, whose future has become unclear. Several students were left fuming over the accreditation withdrawal and were worrying about their academic degrees.
It is not just the students but Houston police officers too have reasons to worry. Several HPD officers who have enrolled in Mountain State University have used their credit hours for "life experience" to apply for job promotions, reported chron.com. The Houston city attorney David Feldman announced Wednesday that the department will not consider the credit points for life experience from the university unless the points were part of an earned degree.
In order to help the students, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission will hold advising fairs to discuss about various academic program offerings and transfer options at Beckley and Martinsburg areas. The Beckley fair will be held Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beaver, Raleigh County.
The Martinsburg event will be held next Monday and Tuesday (July 16-17) with the same timings at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.
Representatives from other universities including UC and West Virginia University (WVC) are also expected to attend the event.