Mountain State Files Suit Over Accreditation Loss

The former Mountain State University is suing the Higher Learning Commission over the loss of accreditation. The suit says the commission didn't follow its policies, rules and practices when it revoked the university's accreditation in June 2012 and says the accreditation loss forced the university to close. Without accreditation, the university was no longer eligible for state and federal funding, including student aid. The Charleston Gazette says Bridgeport attorney Jack Merinar filed the lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of three Mountain State board members. The University of Charleston took over Mountain State's Beckley and Martinsburg campuses.