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Board pushes forward in Morthland College investigation

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WSIL -- In a unanimous decision Tuesday, the Illinois Board of Higher Education appointed an officer to oversee a hearing where the board could revoke Morthland College's authority to operate in the state. 

The board reviewed a report from a visit by Board of Higher Education staff to the campus last year.

It detailed a number of violations of statutes and raised concerns about it's financial stability.

In the past, Morthland's president insisted the college was in good financial standing.

But, the new report found Morthland had no new enrollment over the past two terms, and that all remaining students at the school are on full scholarships, meaning it has no tuition revenue.

In addition, staff reported payroll checks bounced, and accounts showed numerous overdrafts and returned checks.

This all after the United States Department of Education revoked the school's ability to administer federal student aid funds last year and the IRS filed for nearly 700 thousand dollars from the school.

But that was just the beginning of the problems at Morthland.

The report found nearly half of instructors are unqualified for the courses they teach, and no members of key administrative staff has the proper training for their roles. 

Still, Candace Mueller with the Illinois Board of Higher Education says it is extremely rare for a college to potentially lose its authority to operate.

"This is an infrequent occurrence," she said. "In fact an actual revocation has not occurred since August of 2004.>

A hearing date for Morthland College to argue its case has not yet been set.

Calls to the school for comment were not returned.

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