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Bluefield State College Receives Formal Notification of Continuing Accreditation from Higher Learning Commission

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    Tuesday, February 28 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—Bluefield State College has received formal notification from the Higher Learning Commission that the HLC's Institutional Actions Council (IAC) has voted to continue the College's accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to be set in 2021-2022.

The IAC also approved the initiation of distance education, up to 20% of Bluefield State College's total degree programs. This approval will allow the College to offer four of its total degree programs by distance delivery. The institution must return for approval to expand distance education as defined in Commission policy.

Dr. Thomas E. Blevins, Bluefield State College Interim President, received the formal notification in a letter from HLC President Sylvia Manning, following the Commission's February 21, 2012 meeting. Bluefield State College hosted a site-visit from a team of HLC evaluators last September. The College conducted a comprehensive self-study that spanned approximately two years, submitting its self-study report to the commission several months before the September 2011 visit by its evaluators.

"Bluefield State College is certainly very pleased to receive Higher Learning Commission approval of our accreditation status," observed Dr. Blevins. "We are also extremely gratified to have the Commission's approval to offer four degree programs by distance learning delivery."

"Many BSC faculty, staff, students, and administrators were involved in the College's accreditation effort, and we are grateful for the time, talent, and energy they invested," he said.