Though Kean University has been placed on academic probation and could lose its standing as an accredited four-year school in just one year, Ocean County College President Jon H. Larson was optimistic Thursday.
“I have every confidence that Kean University will address its accreditation issues together with the Middle States association in an appropriate manner,” Larson said in a prepared statement.
The Ocean County Board of Freeholders and OCC Board of Trustees have invested millions of dollars in their relationship with the Union-based university, which has been touted as giving Ocean County residents easy access to a four-year public university. As a result, about a thousand OCC students matriculate to Kean@Ocean each year now.
In June 2011, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the accrediting authority for colleges and universities in New Jersey, first warned Kean University that its accreditation was in potential jeopardy, citing insufficient evidence the university was in compliance with certain standards for assessing its academic performance and the performance of its students.