Wednesday, July 11, 2012

It's just a matter of time.....

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported yesterday that Mountain State University's accreditation will be withdrawn:

Mountain State University, a small private institution in West Virginia that paid its president like an Ivy League chief, will lose its accreditation next month...Explaining its decision in a report, the Higher Learning Commission cited violations of three of its accreditation criteria, including "mission and integrity," "preparing for the future," and "student learning and effective teaching."

The violations struck at the heart of the academic enterprise of Mountain State, where the agency found that teaching and learning were compromised by a lack of faculty oversight and insufficient resources.

The university's graduation rate of 8 percent, while skewed because of its large number of part-time students, remains below that of many of the institution's peers, the commission found.

The commission determined that Mountain State's Board of Trustees has been lax in its oversight of the institution, which was for years under the tight control of Mr. Polk and a small group of administrators. Several of those administrators, who remain employed, "lack credentials and previous employment experience consistent with their job titles and responsibilities," the commission found.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education July, 2012, Mountain State U.'s Regional Accreditation Will Be Withdrawn

Humm...anyone else know of any other university with overpaid leadership that "lack credentials and previous employment experience consistent with their job titles and responsibilities," has a graduation rate around 9%, hasn't met their mission, have failed to prepare for the future, have failed at student learning and effective teaching, have a lack of faculty oversight and insufficient resources?
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