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Published November 02, 2013, 03:23 PM

Dickinson State taken off notice for past problems

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A college accrediting agency has taken Dickinson State University off notice because of the school's earlier problems with enrollment reporting, grade inflation and tuition discounts.

By: Associated Press, WDAY

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A college accrediting agency has taken Dickinson State University off notice because of the school's earlier problems with enrollment reporting, grade inflation and tuition discounts.

DSU President D.C. Coston announced Friday that the school's "on notice" accreditation status had been removed, the Dickinson Press reported.

"We have overcome unbelievable odds," Coston told students and staff on Friday.

The Higher Learning Commission put Dickinson State on notice last year because of the school's problems with enrollment reporting, grade inflation and tuition discounts. A letter by the Higher Learning Commission said DSU has "provided adequate safeguards against future compliance or ethical problems."

An earlier state audit showed, among other things, that DSU had given diplomas to foreign students who didn't earn them. The audit said Dickinson State padded its enrollment figures by counting people who attended short training seminars as full-time students.

The school also was criticized for inconsistent policies in providing tuition discounts and financial aid.

Coston was hired following the termination of former school president Richard McCallum after the inflated enrollment numbers became public in 2011.

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