A memorandum of understanding between Charleston, W. Va.-based University of Charleston and Beckley, W. Va.-based Mountain State University was approved by each institution’s board of trustees and the agreement was announced on Aug. 1.
The University of Charleston will serve as the primary partner in the accreditor mandated teach-out plan for graduation eligible students and will admit any non-graduating students who are currently in good standing with Mountain State. Other private and public colleges throughout the area have agreed to expedite the transfer of any Mountain State students.
After Mountain State’s accreditation expires at the end of the year, the University of Charleston will use the Beckley and Martinsburg campuses to teach its own programs. The commitment to keep undergraduate and graduate classes on the Beckley campus was included in the memorandum of understanding. In order to ease the transition, faculty from the University of Charleston will begin teaching classes at Mountain State’s Beckley and Martinsburg, W.Va. campuses during the fall 2012 semester.
The specific financial arrangements of the deal have yet to be worked out, and will most likely be stipulated in a more formal agreement that will be developed over the coming weeks. Throughout the fall semester the University of Charleston will be evaluating Mountain State’s personnel and programs at the school’s satellite locations in Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
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