Southeastern U. Poised to Lose Accreditation

March 12, 2009

Southeastern University in Washington has been told that it will lose its regional accreditation in August, and the small private institution in the nation's capital is exploring a possible merger to survive, the university announced this week. Southeastern posted on its Web site a letter in which the Middle States Commission on Higher Education said that it would strip its approval by the end of August because of the university's failure to comply with a wide range of standards governing finances, faculty, admissions, and assessment, among others. A statement by the university's president, Charlene Drew Jarvis, said the university would appeal but that it was also exploring a possible merger with GS Graduate School, which is affiliated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and educates tens of thousands of government and other employees.

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