Kean University President Takes Issue With Accrediting Agency's Probation Decision

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Kean University’s president lashed out Wednesday at the higher education accrediting agency that has placed his school on probation after claiming it failed to meet academic standards.

University president Dawood Farahi released a joint statement with Ada Morell, the university’s board president, accusing the agency of violating its own procedures in a "staff-driven agenda" to discredit the Union Township-based school.

"Rather than recognize Kean University for the dramatic transformations it has made to benefit students over the last decade, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education has placed the university on probation," the statement said. "The commission has made compliance with its accreditation review process a moving target, applying its standards both subjectively and surreptitiously."

A Middle States spokesman, Rich Pokrass, said last evening he could not comment other than to say the commission "has spent an extensive amount of time examining the Kean University situation."

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