Sheldon Jackson College's
authorization to operate in Alaska cancelled
July 21, 2007
(SitNews) - The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
announced Tuesday that it is cancelling authorization of Sheldon
Jackson College located in Sitka to operate a postsecondary education
institution in Alaska.
The commission is the state's higher education consumer protection
agency charged with authorizing the operation of postsecondary
institutions in Alaska.
State law requires that a college's authorization to operate
be canceled within 30 days of the institution ceasing to operate
as a postsecondary institution. The cancellation is based on
the recent decision by the Sheldon Jackson Board of Trustees
to suspend operation for a year.
Commission staff are facilitating storage of student records
and arrangements for students to complete degree programs and
apply for any tuition refunds for which they may be eligible.
State law charges the commission with oversight of orderly program
cessation, including the authority to require refunds and to
attach an institution's surety bond, if necessary, to pay qualifying
refunds or fund required teach-out activities.
The commission is encouraging Sheldon Jackson students impacted
by the cessation of operations to contact the commission at 800-441-2962
toll-free, or at 465-2962 in Juneau.
According to the commission, the University of Alaska, particularly
the Southeast Alaska campus, has extended itself to assist students
seeking to complete degree requirements.
Commission Executive Director Diane Barrans noted that Sheldon
Jackson College has struggled financially for a number of years.
She said, "The commission is deeply disappointed to learn
the college has not been able to continue operation, and we are
committed to ensuring students at Sheldon Jackson College have
the information and support resources they need to complete their
higher education goals."
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