Culinary College Weighing Merger Or Appeal To Avoid Closing

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Baltimore International College is exploring possible mergers with other institutions and weighing a possible appeal in its attempts to forestall closing because of lost accreditation, the college's Board of Trustees announced Thursday afternoon.

The culinary and hospitality management college learned at the end of last week that it would lose its accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education on Aug. 31. Without the accreditation, the downtown college would be unable to receive federal financial aid, and would face an uphill battle to continue operating, said President Edgar Schick.

The college has 30 days from the date it received the accreditation decision to ask for reconsideration, and if that request is denied, it can appeal to a panel of reviewers who weren't involved in the initial decision.

"The Board is seeking ways in which the College can continue its educational programs in Baltimore, and is actively exploring an affiliation with another accredited college or university," reads the statement, posted on the college's website.

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