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Accreditor Approves U. of Charleston’s Takeover of Mountain State U.

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has approved the University of Charleston’s plan to take over the West Virginia campuses of Mountain State University, which was stripped of its accreditation this past summer. Charleston’s new branches will be known as UC-Charleston, UC-Beckley, UC-Martinsburg, and UC-Net, which will offer online courses. Mountain State is appealing the commission’s decision in order to retain its accreditation, though the appeals panel’s ruling will not affect Charleston’s expansion.

The panel has until a week from today to respond, said Richard Sours, interim president at Mountain State. Today’s announcement between UC and the commission does not have any bearing on the appeal panel’s decision, he said.

In the past he has said past commission actions make it unlikely the school will keep its accreditation. Monday he said UC will not continue to operate Mountain State’s four out-of-state satellite locations. Both schools are continuing to work with students at those locations to help them graduate or find other academic options, Sours said.

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