Kean University, which launched a new campus in China last year before seeking approval from its accrediting agency, has finally been given the go-ahead to proceed.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education earlier this month gave the public university in Union Township provisional approval to operate the new campus in Wenzhou, China, pending a site visit by the agency, according to Richard Pokrass, a spokesman for the commission.
The campus will be classified as an additional location of Kean.
University President Dawood Farahi said the school was delighted with the support of Middle States. “I look forward to sharing the experience and the opportunities with the site team chosen to travel to Wenzhou,” he said in a statement.
More than 200 Chinese students are currently enrolled in the Wenzhou-Kean pilot program and dozens of Kean University students and staff have traveled to China over the past year, officials said.
The university came under criticism last year when it was revealed that the Wenzhou campus had opened before the university filed a request for a so-called “substantive change” with Middle States.