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Forum News Service, Published November 27 2013

Settlement reached on college accreditation

ST. PAUL – A for-profit Milwaukee college entered into a settlement Friday with Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson after the Minnesota official said Herzing University did not accredit its two-year medical associate degree program in Minnesota.

“Students need full and accurate information about the accreditation of a program, which can impact professional licensure and job prospects,” Swanson said.

An accredited program is preferred by many employers.

Herzing offered an accredited medical assistant diploma program in Crystal, Minn., for years, Swanson said. But in 2011, Herzing began to offer an unaccredited two-year associate degree in clinical medical assisting at its Crystal campus.

The settlement requires Herzing to disclose whether its programs are accredited and that lack of accreditation could affect a student’s ability to get a job.

Those who attended the unaccredited program may get a full refund (but lose their school credits), enroll elsewhere and get a refund for credits that do not transfer or receive $7,500 and continue their Herzing education.