State Puts Westwood College On Probation
Action Comes After National Accreditation Agency Makes Similar Decision
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State officials put Westwood College on probation Friday after a national accreditation agency made a similar move.The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges put Westwood College on probation in September and issued an order of continued probation Dec. 9, state officials said."Under the spirit of consumer protection, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education decided to put Westwood College under probation," commission spokesman Chad Marturano told 7NEWS.While the school is on probation, the day to day experience for students doesn't change, Marturano said.To get removed from probation, ACCSC told Westwood it needs to: Demonstrate rates of student achievement that comply with accreditation requirements and meet specified benchmarks with regard to student graduation and graduate employment. Provide documentation with regard to any pending or unresolved student complaints and the status of these, as well as documentation to support that the school is adhering to its prescribed policies and procedures to address and resolve complaints. Additionally, Westwood College-Denver North must submit documentation to address any current or pending lawsuits or legal proceedings filed against Westwood, affiliated schools, or the parent company, Alta Colleges Inc. and the impact, if any, affecting school policies, staff, curricula, reputation and legal or financial status. Demonstrate that the school and its ACCSC-accredited affiliated institutions comply with accrediting standards in the areas of student recruitment. Demonstrate that the school and its ACCSC-accredited affiliated institutions comply with accrediting standards in the areas of advertising and promotion.Westwood College was sued in August over allegations the admissions representatives told students their credits would transfer to other schools and that students would earn much bigger salaries than they do.