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MSU campus reaccredited for 10 years

May 07, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

Ten years after it was founded, Mountain State University's growing branch campus in Martinsburg is increasingly pressed for classroom space, but the private, not-for-profit school's success apparently hasn't been stymied.

The Beckley, W.Va.-based school on Wednesday announced that the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association renewed its accreditation for the maximum 10 years.

Layne Diehl, executive vice president of Mountain State University-Martinsburg, in a news release credited local volunteers and support from the community for much of the school's success in the Eastern Panhandle.

"Mountain State University-Martinsburg has seen great growth and success over the past few years. We look forward to continued expansion to serve the community's educational needs."

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The school off West King Street in Martinsburg served more than 1,000 students last year, which was about double the enrollment five years ago, Diehl said in an interview on Wednesday.

Classrooms are full for evening classes and classes are also being held on Saturdays, Diehl said. But with the addition of health science programs, Diehl said the school will need more space than the approximately 50,000 square feet they now use at University Center at 214 Viking Way.

The school has been talking with area developers and Diehl said she hopes to be able to make an announcement "in the next few months" about future expansion.

MSU on Wednesday also announced that it was opening campuses in Washington, D.C., and Mooresville, N.C., which both will offer bachelor's and master's degrees in leadership.

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