The Higher Learning Commission has approved Mountain State University and the University of Charleston's teach-out plan.
UC also received word that the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) approved transfer of MSU's physician assistant master's program effective January 1, 2013.
This news comes after last Friday's announcement in which both schools released details of the teach-out plan submitted to the HLC for approval.
The announcement by the HLC now allows UC to assist MSU in teaching out 37 undergraduate programs and eight graduate programs through May of 2013. In accord with the teach-out plan, UC will now request permission from the HLC to offer many of the MSU programs in Beckley and other MSU locations as UC programs past May 2013. The goal is to replace MSU in Beckley, Martinsburg, and perhaps other sites with permanent UC centers.
"The HLC approval of Mountain State's teach-out plan assures that the University of Charleston can help current MSU students graduate," said UC President Ed Welch. "Any student who can complete his or her studies by May can graduate under MSU's requirements with either a Mountain State or a University of Charleston degree. This is great news for MSU students."
Additional materials from both schools will be submitted to the HLC by September 7th. UC will now move forward with seeking approval from various program-specific accrediting bodies for permission to transfer accreditation from MSU to UC.
On August 1st, UC announced plans to explore the opportunity to serve as Mountain State's primary teach-out partner and that the two colleges would look to negotiate a separate agreement under which UC could establish four-year private college centers in Beckley and Martinsburg by the end of the year. On January 1, 2013, MSU will cease to exist as a institution of higher learning.