University of Charleston approved for expansion

ApprovedJust a few short months after Mountain State University lost its accreditation, University of Charleston has stepped in to open the doors back up.

“This is a historic day for the University of Charleston,” said UC President Ed Welch. “We are grateful that the Higher Learning Commission has faith in our institution to add network-based instruction and two new locations. It is vitally important for Beckley to have a four-year college, and we are pledging a long-term commitment to educate students for a life of productive work, enlightened living and community involvement.”

Welch continued, “The University of Charleston is now UC-Charleston, UC-Beckley, UC-Martinsburg and UC-Net or Online.”

UC’s two new physical locations and an online presence will be transitioning staff and curriculum at lightning quick speeds. Online programs will start January 7th and physical locations will be starting the 14th, just seven months after the MSU failure.

“We are announcing 32 programs being offered in three new locations, 600 or more additional students, 65 faculty and staff, perhaps a 50 percent increase in the enrollment in the University of Charleston,” said Welch.

“The Board of Trustees is delighted that the University of Charleston has taken this major step forward,” said Triana Energy CEO and UC Board of Trustees Chairman Henry Harmon. “We are convinced that the expansion of UC’s locations and programs are being done for all the right reasons and the end result will be good for the University and all the communities involved. Charleston, Beckley, and Martinsburg are three of the most vibrant cities in the West Virginia and UC is committed to supporting their growth and vitality.”