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Staff Reports Censored in Coppin State’s Case for Re-accreditation

In hopes of presenting a more positive case for the university’s re-accreditation, Coppin State University officials revised and censored faculty and staff reports, The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday.

In a report to be reviewed by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, a

unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits colleges in the middle states region, comments written by faculty and staff were edited to present a deceiving picture of how the college has treated its core academic staff, according to The Sun.

Some of the academics’ complaints that were omitted or diluted in the report stated that professors are often underrepresented in the decision-making bodies of the university and that Coppin State’s shared-governance committee had not convened in several years. Some comments also noted that non-administrators were not able to participate in some budget planning and development activities. The Sun, which obtained a draft report, also reported that many professors and other members held long-standing tensions with administrators.

According to The Sun, the commission will announce its decision this week as to whether Coppin State will pass the re-accreditation process and remain eligible to receive federal financial aid. Recently, Coppin State was named the Tom Joyner Foundation‚Äôs ‚ÄúSchool of the Month,‚ÄĚ a designation that will provide the university with funds through a fundraising campaign in July. Monies raised through the campaign will contribute to the school‚Äôs $15 million, five-year Capital Campaign.

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