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Monday, August 13, 2012

DACC Nursing Program Loses Accredtiation

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Dona Ana Community College in New Mexico was denied accreditation for its nursing program, leaving many students "worried and scrambling to find out what the loss means for their academic and professional careers."

According to the Sun-News, the Georgia-based National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission announced last week on its website that it had denied accreditation for DACC's associate-degree granting program.  Graduation from an accredited nursing program typically is a pre-requisite for many certifications and hiring.   DACC has told students that, despite the failure to obtain accreditation, they remain eligible to take a national licensure exam.

Loss of accreditation is a recurring issue in post-secondary education.  The Googasian Firm, P.C., a Michigan-based law firm that has represented thousands of college students across the country in multiple class actions arising from acts by schools that have harmed students, recently filed a class action on behalf of out-of-state students affected by the Higher Learning Commission's recent actions to revoke accreditation for Mountain State University in West Virginia.  The firm also is investigating the developments with regard to accreditation at DACC's nursing program.  If you have questions or concerns about DACC's failure to obtain accreditation, you may share those concerns with attorneys at The Googasian Firm by sending an e-mail to or calling 1-877-540-8333.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

West Virginia Board Seeks Oversight Of Private Colleges

The Associated Press is reporting that the State of West Virginia is seeking expanded authority over private and for-profit colleges,

The need for expanded regulation by state governments is increasingly seen as a needed response to rampant  problems in for-profit and private school education.

West Virginia's Higher Education Policy Commission reportedly has approved a rule that would require information from every state private college on student retention rates, transfers, licensure pass rates and loan  default results.  The new rule must be approved by the state Legislature.

The new rule would expand the authority of the commission, which currently only monitors 12 public and private colleges and universities.

This effort to expand oversight in West Virginia comes in the wake of the Higher Learning Commission acting to revoke Beckley-based Mountain State University's accreditation in June 2012.

Paul Hill, the chancellor of the state Commission seeking the new authority, told the Associated Press, "Some think we're over-regulating.  But with the unfortunate situation we've seen with Mountain State University, we see what can happen without oversight."

Two federal class actions against Mountain State University have been commenced following the accrediting agency's action to revoke the school's accreditation.  For additional information on the these lawsuits, go to  or send an e-mail to