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Penn State Dickinson drops consolidation effort, plans separate accreditations

By - Last modified: November 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Instead of consolidating first-year Dickinson School of Law students at its University Park campus, Penn State University now plans to pursue an alternate plan: Entirely separate accreditations for the two campuses.

In an email to students this morning, Dean Philip McConnaughay said political opposition caused the change of plans.

"The Dickinson School of Law will remain a single academic unit of Penn State, but each of our campuses will develop and implement separate identities, separate admissions policies, and separate educational programs, similar to Rutgers Law-Newark and Rutgers Law-Camden, or Arkansas Law-Fayetteville and Arkansas Law-Little Rock," he wrote.

According to the email, the transition would take place over three years, pending American Bar Association approval of the separate accreditations. Students would begin to receive separate degrees from either Penn State Dickinson in Carlisle or Penn State Dickinson in University Park only after 2015, McConnaughay wrote.

McConnaughay wrote that he expected to hold meetings about the new plan following Thanksgiving break.

Click here to read McConnaughay's emails to students and faculty.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

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