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Western Oklahoma State College on probation after review of online courses

by Silas Allen Modified: April 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm •  Published: April 19, 2013

The commission announced in November it would be sending reviewers to the Altus-based community college to review the accelerated online courses.

The college stopped offering 10-day online intersession courses after the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education released a report recommending the college immediately discontinue the courses. But college officials later announced plans to reinstate the courses using a similar format.

The board concluded the courses didn't meet a number of criteria required for accreditation, including showing a commitment to intellectual integrity and the quality of educational programs.

The courses netted the college $2.8 million in revenue during the 2011-2012 fiscal year, according to college records. That figure represented 18 percent of the college's total education and general revenue, which includes money the college receives through tuition and fees.

College officials did not respond to requests from The Oklahoman for comment on Thursday.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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