Re the story linked and quoted below a local member of the University of Maryland system (the University of Maryland of the Eastern Shore UMES) started a Physician’s Assistant (PA) programin 2001 and very recently lost accreditation for the program, apparently due to inadequate full time staffing of P.A. instructor positions by the college. Now the college is scrambling trying to save the program and the students are (in other actions) threatening to sue the college for making them transfer and/or having wasted time and money on a failed program that cannot grant them a degree.
I understand the problem to some extent as we are a tertiary demographic and medical personnel oriented recruiting is difficult even for the larger hospitals serving the area. For a small college program it would be doubly difficult to get instructors, or get them at a salary that makes sense.
I am curious how much warning is usually given in these loss of accreditation scenarios. Is there lots of warning prior or does the hammer fall suddenly? The college seems to be acting like it was kinda/sorta a big surprise which they will be able to maybe solve with talks for more time but at this point accreditation is terminated and the PA students have been left hanging.
How do these things usually go down? Lots of notice or not?