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UPDATE: Ohio Valley University is shutting down

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Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 10:33 PM EST
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VIENNA, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE 12/07/2021 9:55 P.M.

Ohio Valley University will be shutting its doors. According to the Christian Chronicle newspaper, trustees voted to close the university. The university’s president, Michael Ross, says they have informed students that spring 2022 classes will not be offered, and they are working on a plan to help seniors finish their education at other schools.

There was supposed to be a meeting in South Charleston with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Friday, December 10, 2021, to determine if OVU could confer degrees in the state. The school has been facing financial challenges.

According to reports, its payroll hadn’t been met in months and debt has piled up.

ORIGINAL STORY:

There will be a meeting on Friday, December 10th in South Charleston about whether Ohio Valley University will be able to confer degrees.

The meeting will be at 10 a.m. at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park. According to a meeting agenda, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission will consider a resolution recommending canceling OVU’s authorization to confer degrees in the state. It would be effective June 30, 2022, if it passes.

The meeting’s agenda gives some background on complaints OVU is facing. It says parents and students have been complaining that OVU has not been providing students with transcripts. OVU officials told

If it is approved, OVU would be required to wind down its operations pending loss of its authorization.

That would include not enrolling new students or returning current students for the spring 2022 semester except for seniors scheduled to graduate at the end of the semester who wish to return and complete their degrees.

The commission agenda includes a detailed account of OVU’s noncompliance with state commission requirements and requirements of the Higher Learning Commission.

The agenda is attached here: https://www.wvhepc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/HEPC-Meeting-Agenda-12-10-2021.pdf

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