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ERIC Number: EJ794175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May-2
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
West Virginia U. Violated Procedures, Panel Says
Fain, Paul
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n34 pA17 May 2008
Administrators at West Virginia University violated procedures and displayed poor judgment in their "seriously flawed" response to an inquiry about a high-profile academic transcript, according to a report issued last week by an independent panel. The harshly worded report found that when the "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" raised questions last October about apparent incomplete course work for an M.B.A. claimed by Heather M. Bresch, the daughter of West Virginia's governor, university officials moved quickly to retroactively grant a degree she had not earned. The panel's report did not call for disciplinary action against any university administrator, including Michael S. Garrison, the university's president. The panel released a list of recommendations, including calls for the university to review its academic-record policies, to base graduation checks on official university documents, and to fully describe the requirements and distinctive features of the executive M.B.A. program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia