Bay State College has lost its appeal to maintain accreditation.
The New England Commission of Higher Education stripped the for-profit Massachusetts college of its accreditation in January, but administrators had hoped to retain it upon appeal. That appeal, heard earlier this month, was denied, according to an announcement from NECHE leaders. As of late Monday, Bay State College had not updated its accreditation status on its website.
Bay State lost its accreditation due to ongoing financial and organizational issues. The for-profit college, owned by Ambow Education, has been accused of misleading students and has attracted the attention of elected officials, including Democratic Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren.
Bay State is also facing eviction over $720,000 in unpaid rent—a figure college officials dispute.
Ambow Education, which has headquarters in China and the Cayman Islands, also owns the NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego, which is likewise under scrutiny from accreditors. Last week the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission formally warned NewSchool for failing to meet accreditation standards.