The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has ordered the unaccredited University of Northern Virginia to shut down for failing to achieve candidacy with an accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
A Chronicle investigation, published two years ago, found that the college’s business model was similar to other institutions that exploit loopholes in federal visa rules to make money off of foreign students. Agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security raided the campus four months after that investigation was published, prompting concerns from students who worried about the institution’s future.
Last week the council sent the college’s chancellor a letter stating that it had voted to revoke the institution’s authority to operate, forcing it to cease its activities in the state. A spokeswoman for the council said the move had been related to the college’s failure to make progress toward earning accreditation.