The University of Charleston announced Wednesday that it will be taking over the campus of Mountain State University, a troubled institution about 60 miles from Charleston that had its accreditation revoked in June and is slated to close on December 31. Charleston's board struck a memorandum of understanding with the board of its fellow West Virginia institution that the former will "teach out" Mountain State students and offer enrollment to any Mountain State students who are in good standing and want to complete their degrees.
Charleston will continue to use the Beckley campus after Mountain State's accreditation expires, and a formal agreement with more details will emerge in a few weeks. Under the memorandum, Charleston will be required to keep a Beckley presence on its board. Charleston will evaluate Mountain State's campuses in Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina during the fall semester.