West Va. colleges face stricter regulations after MSU controversy

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Because Mountain State University was forced to close in 2012, West Virginia higher education officials are exercising more supervision over the state’s colleges, and providing more information to the public about potential risks institutions might face.

Last year, legislators made the state Higher Education Policy Commission responsible for regularly authorizing West Virginia’s colleges and universities — including nonprofit and private institutions. Previously, the commission oversaw only the state’s four-year public higher education system.

The new policy is designed to protect consumers, to ensure students are offered a quality education and have the tools to accurately compare institutions on factors such as loan default and graduation rates.

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