Jul 17, 2012 06:59 AM EDT
MSU to Appeal against Withdrawal of Accreditation
In response to Higher Learning Commission's (HLC) decision to withdraw the accreditation from the Mountain State University (MSU), West Virginia, the university officials are vowed to pursue a vigorous appeal.
"It is the board's intention to promptly appeal the decision in accordance with the procedures available to the University, and to forcefully pursue our appeal. We are also weighing all options to preserve and protect MSU. We will provide updates on a regular basis as decisions are made," Jerry Ice, chairman of the MSU Board of Trustees, said Monday.
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Interim President Richard E. Sours said the university is "disappointed and surprised" by the HLC's action.
The HLC issued a public notice last week that said that the University, established in 1933 and based in Beckley will lose its accreditation after determining that criteria for leadership, resources, planning and oversight haven't been met.
The HLC'S decision has left thousands of students' future hanging in limbo. Worried MSU students were found searching for alternatives at the Education fair held by HLC exclusively for the university students to explore other educational options.
However, the withdrawal of accreditation will not take effect until the appeal process is completed. In the meantime, MSU remains accredited.