Friday, May 1, 2015
(Updated below) The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel is reporting that the ABA is recommending against accreditation for the two year old law school. Thus far the ABA has not communicated its reasons to school officials who remain confident Indiana Tech will be able to address the concerns and obtain provisional accreditation by the time its inaugural class graduates in Spring 2016. From the News-Sentinel:
An American Bar Association committee has recommended against accreditation for Indiana Tech's two-year-old law school, but officials say the decision was not unusual and should represent only a temporary setback.
"It is common for the ABA to want to see a broader history when assessing a (new) law program. This is an ongoing process, and based on what we have learned we feel we are moving in a positive direction," said Matt Bair, Indiana Tech director of marketing and communications. "We have already received valuable insight and useful information from this process. Soon, the ABA will provide us with details and its feedback and recommendations for us."
Once that happens, Bair said, Indiana Tech will develop a plan to address any issues identified in the committee's report. "There's no reason to believe (we can't be accredited) by commencement 2016." That's important, because some states, including Indiana, do not allow students from non-accredited schools to take the bar examination necessary to practice law. But Bair said the school isn't "anticipating a negative impact."
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