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Mid-Continent to provide update

BY LAUREN P. DUNCANlduncan@paducahsun.com

MAYFIELD - The Mid-Continent University Board of Trustees met three hours Tuesday in anticipation of the university's closure in less than two weeks.

Chairman Tom Butler said Monday the future of the campus was one of the decisions the board planned to discuss Tuesday as it prepares for the June 30 closure of Mid-Continent. Butler and Acting President Robert "Tom" Walden declined to comment on the board's discussion or actions following Tuesday's closed meeting.

Walden said the board plans to release a statement regarding the board's decisions today or Thursday.

"We've very cautious," Walden said.

Butler said the board wants to speak with one voice. He said the board is tentatively planning on meeting again June 26.

Among the many housekeeping measures the board must still address is the issue of transcripts. The university is required to find a vendor to maintain its records.

Many of Mid-Continent's students have been offered transitions to other schools through "Teach Out" agreements with Murray State University, Campbellsville University and the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg. The agreements help students transfer with fewer restrictions around residency requirements.

Other colleges have assisted in transferring displaced students, including Murray State University, West Kentucky Community & Technical College, Western Kentucky University, Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Midway College and University of Tennessee at Martin.

A few Mid-Continent University courses are in session, Butler said Monday.

Butler said Monday said the board will continue to meet until all issues are handled.

Contact Lauren Duncan, Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8692 or follow @laurenpduncan on Twitter.

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