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MSU enrollment plummets after accreditation loss

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Mountain State University's enrollment has plummeted since it lost its accreditation.

Interim vice president Thomas Mann says 1,080 students are enrolled in a teach-out plan.

That's down from 9,000 students at the school's various campuses in 2010.

Mann tells The Register-Herald that about 300 students are attending classes at the private university's Beckley campus and 550 are online students. Others are pursuing independent studies or are in cohort groups working toward a specific program.

In June, the Higher Learning Commission revoked Mountain State's accreditation because of leadership, organizational and integrity issues. The accreditation later was extended to Dec. 31.

The University of Charleston has taken over Mountain State's campuses in Beckley and Martinsburg so students can complete their degrees.

Some students have transferred to other schools.

 


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