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Is it a court's place to determine quality of education?

Here's an interesting case out of Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun has reported extensively on the loss of accreditation by Baltimore International College (BIC). Middle States, the accrediting agency for many mid-atlantic institutions, failed to renew BIC's accreditation earlier this year citing a myriad of issues with the school. BIC, which enrolls 130 students in its culinary program, announced earlier this summer that it would merge with Stratford University in an attempt to stay open. This merger is set to take place on January 1, 2012. The problem is that BIC's current Middle States accreditation is set to expire this week. When it does, BIC will lose access to Title IV financial aid funds, just in time for the new academic year. BIC has gone to federal court to stop the removal of its accreditation. Citing the harm it would cause to students, a federal district court granted an initial restraining order. Middle States has also denied BIC an extension and the right to appeal its decision. In the end, as the article linked below says, a judge might have to decide whether BIC offers a high enough quality education to its students to remain accredited. The potential extension would be by court order. This is a very interesting issue. Incidentally, the judge assigned to the case is not inexperienced in education law. Judge Garbis supervised the Special Education Consent Decree with the Baltimore City Public School for many years. This will be an interesting case to watch. Here's a link to the article.


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