WHEELING, W.Va. — A team from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission will be at Wheeling University Tuesday and Wednesday to see where the institution stands amid problems.
The HEPC decided to postpone the vote of reauthorization for Wheeling University (WU), formerly known as Wheeling Jesuit University, on August 2 after the school’s president and vice president were put on administrative leave.
The team will consist of members in academic affairs, financial aid, finance and legal, Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker, Interim Chancellor of the HEPC told MetroNews.
Corley Dennison, Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs of HEPC has said they will talk to the students, faculty, and staff before coming back and making a recommendation to the commissioners on reauthorization.
For reauthorization, the HEPC wants to see a teach-out plan for current students in programs that were eliminated, a formal plan that demonstrates the current financial stability and future viability of WU, the results of a financial audit on expenditures related to scholarships and endowments, and frequent status updates and shared communications with the HLC.
The vote for reauthorization of the institution has now been scheduled for August 16.