- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

LINDSBORG, Kan. (AP) - A small liberal arts college in Lindsborg has received a more severe sanction from the Higher Learning Commission than what was recommended earlier this year.

The Salina Journal (https://bit.ly/1NTeZCZ ) reports Bethany College, which has been running deficits for the past eight years, has been placed on probation by the commission. The commission, which provides accreditation to colleges across the nation, has given the college until November 2016 to document a resolution of its financial issues.

A team from the commission visited the school in November 2014 and recommended in February that the college be placed “on notice,” which is the commission’s lowest level of sanction.

Interim president Robert Vogel, who met with Lindsborg community members Thursday, said the commission’s decision “was more of a blow than we anticipated.”

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Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal, https://www.salina.com

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