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WV higher ed. system assists displaced MSU students

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Since becoming informed regarding the loss of accreditation at Mountain State University, the state's higher education system, led by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission), is leading several outreach efforts to assist displaced students.  Dr. Paul L. Hill, the Commission's Chancellor, said, "Students are always the first and foremost concern of the Commission and the state's higher education system.  This situation, involving a non-system institution, is no different."  Chancellor Hill added, "I have encouraged all higher education institutions to provide assistance to affected students and their families as they begin to realign their academic goals and institutional options."
Several of the state's higher education institutions will host on-campus events in order to continue providing information to displaced students.  Upcoming events are as follows:
Bluefield State College
Informational Fair for Mountain State University Students
Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Erma Byrd Higher Education Center, 300 University Drive in Beaver, WV
Students can call 304-255-5812 or e-mail beckleyadmit@bluefieldstate.edu for additional information.
Concord University
Information Sessions for Mountain State University Students
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - Friday, July 27, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Erma Byrd Higher Education Center, 300 University Drive in Beaver, WV
Students can visit www.concord.edu or call 1-888-384-5249 for additional information.
Fairmont State University
Mountain State University Transfer Day
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Students can call 304-367-4855 to speak with an institutional representative.
West Virginia State University
Information Sessions for Mountain State University Students
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Admissions Office, Ferrell Hall Room 106 in Institute, WV
Students can call 304-204-4345 or e-mail Trina Sweeney at sweeneyt@wvstateu.edu for additional information.
West Virginia University Institute of Technology
Transfer Open House
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Tech Center Ballroom, 405 Fayette Pike in Montgomery, WV
In an initial effort to assist students, the Commission, in collaboration with the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education (Council), coordinated informational sessions in the Beckley and Martinsburg areas.  On July 12 and 13, a College Advising Fair was held at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beaver serving more than 200 students and their families.  On July 16 and 17, a College Advising Fair was held at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg serving nearly 100 students and their families.  As part of the advising fairs, institutional representatives from two-year public, four-year public, and four-year private institutions were available to speak with students about educational opportunities in their respective areas of study.  In addition, personalized financial aid assistance was provided by staff from the Commission's Division of Financial Aid.  Students can call the Commission's toll-free hotline at 1-888-825-5707 or visit the state's free college- and career-planning website, www.cfwv.com, for financial aid information.
In addition to the informational sessions for students, the Commission and the Council are working closely with Mountain State University to create connections with public colleges and universities to actively participate in the "teach-out plan," which is required by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in order to assist Mountain State University students who are close to graduation.  As a result of this work, several programs may transition from Mountain State University to public colleges and universities contingent upon agreement with the institutions and approval by program accreditation agencies and the HLC.
Chancellor Hill said, "On behalf of the State of West Virginia, I have been overwhelmingly pleased by the institutional response to find a new academic home for students and, in some cases, entire programs.  In the end, we are all working toward a common goal – providing opportunities for students to achieve their academic objectives and become active participants in the state's workforce."
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