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Accreditation on the line at Dickinson State ( ND & WV )
Forum News Service, INFORUM ^ | July 22, 2013 | Bryan Horwath

Posted on 07/25/2013 2:09:23 PM PDT by george76

DICKINSON, N.D. - While the leadership and the rest of the campus at Dickinson State University is waiting for a resolution on the school’s accreditation status, a campus nearly 1,500 miles away sits mostly empty after going through a similar process.

Formerly a vibrant campus with about 2,000 students and largely the centerpiece of Beckley, a city of about 17,000 in southern West Virginia, Mountain State University closed its doors for good in January after being stripped of its accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, a wing of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools that oversees institutions in 19 states.

“Mountain State University was a thriving institution,” said Carl “Butch” Antolini, editor of The Register-Herald newspaper in Beckley. “There are a lot of very qualified and capable people who were degreed there in all types of different fields. (MSU) went from being fully accredited two years prior to everything blowing up to actually closing down. It was shocking.”


At Mountain State, the genesis of its issues in the eyes of the HLC were in its nursing program, which, in a public disclosure notice from 2012, the HLC noted was employing “insufficient credentialed faculty” and had “low-pass rates” on nursing licensure exams...

Both university presidents at the time the transgressions came to light — Richard McCallum at DSU and Charles Polk at MSU — were fired by their respective institutions.


“If I’m Dickinson State, I would be nervous,” Antolini said. “Based on what our experience was down here, I don’t think anybody at all believed for a minute that they were going to have their general accreditation pulled. Some people thought that the nursing program would be shut down, but nobody thought the entire accreditation would be pulled. It was just incredible

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: North Dakota; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: corruption; dickinson; dickinsonstate; university

1 posted on 07/25/2013 2:09:23 PM PDT by george76
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Must not be “diverse” enough. Better hire more disabled undocumented lesbians of color - fast!

2 posted on 07/25/2013 2:19:59 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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That would certainly help.

3 posted on 07/25/2013 2:40:17 PM PDT by Venturer
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