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(WVVA) - Following is an official statement from the Mountain State University Board of Trustees regarding the school's accreditation status, as published on www.mountainstate.edu:

The Mountain State University Board of Trustees is both disappointed and surprised to receive notice from the Higher Learning Commission of its intention to remove the University's accreditation.

We are disappointed because the decision profoundly affects the students currently being served and the faculty and staff who serve them, as well as the opportunity the University affords for future generations.

We are surprised because the report ignores the significant progress that has been made since the Higher Learning Commission notified the University of its concerns a year ago. Major changes have been undertaken in all of the areas of concern that were cited by the Higher Learning Commission and significant progress has been demonstrated in implementing these changes.

The issues that are cited by the Higher Learning Commission as justification for its action are stated largely as they were a year ago. Missing is recognition of the evidence the University community presented documenting our significant progress. Also missing is acknowledgement, as was recognized by the members of the HLC team that visited the campus in March, that not enough time had passed to enable the University to demonstrate permanent change.

The Board is committed to continue to do what is in the best interests of the students, faculty and staff of Mountain State University and the community it has served since 1933. It is the Board's intention to promptly appeal the decision in accordance with the procedures available to the University, and to forcefully pursue our appeal. We are also weighing all options to preserve and protect MSU. We will provide updates on a regular basis as decisions are made.

 

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