Days after the news that the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC) had yanked Beckley, W. Va.-based Mountain State University’s accreditation became public the college began instructing students not to enroll.
Mountain State has already stated that it plans to appeal HLC’s decision. The university will be able to keep its accreditation until notified of the appellate board decision, a notification that is expected to come between Oct. 1 and Nov. 12.
The school has until July 23 to develop what is known as ‘a teach-out plan‘, which is a way to provide students who are close to graduation with options for completing their degree—whether at Mountain State or elsewhere. Students who are not close to graduation are already advised to look at other schools.
Related: Timeline: Mountain State’s Accreditation Problems
A statement posted to Mountain State’s website, tells students that the college is not enrolling new students and that any new students who have enrolled will be dropped from classes. The only students who are encouraged to remain at the university are those who can complete their degree in the fall semester.
In addition to instructing students not to return, the statement explains that the school is looking to begin the process of transferring entire programs to other schools. There is currently no word on which programs are being looked at for transfer.
Mountain State was recently named as a defendant in dozens of single party, and multiple class action, lawsuits. These include a wrongful termination lawsuit alleging that the discussion of accreditation with students, or attempts to assist students in transferring to other schools, would lead to faculty and staff “being fired for treason.”
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