OU Education Accreditation in Jeopardy

by Kelly Mills on September 21, 2009 at 4:02 am

Ohio University is in danger of losing its national accreditation for its College of Education and that could affect education students at the Ohio University Zanesville campus.

According to information provided to WHIZ by the dean of the College of Education Renee Middleton, the school was put on “accreditation with probation” status in 2007. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education put the school on probation because there was no assessment system in place to determine if students were meeting requirements.

The accreditation council will visit the school and its branches October 12 through the 14 and after that visit they will decide whether to continue the College of Education’s accreditation or revoke it.

If the schools accreditation is revoked the school will face disqualification for participation in the Federal Student Loan Program, it could lose federal grant money and graduates may have a harder time gaining employment.

Middleton says the school has since fixed the problem and she is confident the probationary status will be removed after the council visits in October.