New England, Mid-Atlantic Accreditors Place Colleges on Probation

July 9, 2014

The regional accrediting commissions for New England and the Mid-Atlantic states placed several colleges on probation at their most recent meetings.

Burlington College, in Vermont, announced that it had been cited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges' Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for failing to meet the accreditor's standard for financial resources. College officials attributed the problem to debt the private four-year institution accumulated when it purchased property previously owned by a local diocese.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, meanwhile, placed three institutions on probation late last month: Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, in Pennsylvania; New York's Unification Theological Seminary, and the University of the Potomac, in Washington. Harrisburg was cited for failing to meet the commission's standards on institutional resources and assessment of student learning; the Unification seminary for shortcomings on those two standards as well as others related to "mission and goals" and student admissions and retention; and University of the Potomac for planning and resource allocation, institutional resources), institutional assessment, and assessment of student learning.

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