Charlotte Business Journal, Charlotte Law President Talks Enrollment, Layoffs — And the Future:
Charlotte Law President Chidi Ogene said in an interview with the Charlotte Business Journal that the education department’s decision was a “precipitous and extreme step” given that numerous schools have been placed on probation but not had funding pulled by the education department. He notes Charlotte Law is taking steps to address the ABA’s concerns regarding compliance with first-time bar passage rates and admission indicators. “We don’t have an answer to suggest why Charlotte is being treated in a way that’s very, very different than any other higher-education systems,” Ogene adds.
The loss of federal funds has forced Charlotte Law to make difficult choices, Ogene says.
Final enrollment figures for the spring semester won’t be available until later this week. But initial reports show that roughly 230 students have transferred — a 33% drop — from the about 700 students taking classes last fall. ...
WFAE, Law School Official: Bar Passage Would Have Been in 20s If Not For Paying Students Not To Take Exam:
The Charlotte School of Law has drawn scrutiny in part because of the low percentage of students who have passed the state bar in the last few years. It has consistently had the lowest pass rate in North Carolina, and ranks among the worst in the country.
In February of 2015, for example, the school’s official passage rate for students who took the bar for the first time is listed at 42 percent. But in reality, the pass rate would have been in the 20s if not for a program that paid struggling students not to take the bar. At least that’s what Odessa Alm, the school’s assistant dean for student success, told a small group of faculty members. (Click here to listen to the 37-minute audio.)
"You know if we didn’t have the extended program last time — if we all didn’t work really hard to defer the 21 people we deferred, our pass rate would have been 20-something percent."
A law school professor secretly recorded those comments in the summer of 2015. The school was pushing some faculty to divert graduates to a program that paid them up to $11,200 not to take the bar and instead enter a bar preparation program.
Charlotte Observer, Classes Reopen in Stripped-Down Charlotte School of Law:
The tottering Charlotte School of Law reopened Monday — with a third of its normal teachers, a shrunken list of classes and far fewer students.
Students reported attendance at the day’s classes far below normal, especially in the first- and second-year classes which have been hit hardest by transfers. The for-profit school had about 700 students enrolled for the fall semester. ... Last week, the school laid off about two-thirds of its faculty and released a stripped down class schedule to reflect the expected loss of students.
WFAE, Charlotte School Of Law's Struggles:
How did Charlotte School of Law wind up in its shaky position? Can they figure out a way to stay afloat? Mike Collins and guests, including a School of Law student and a former professor, look at the pressures facing North Carolina's largest law school.
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- It Begins . . . Department Of Education Cuts Off Federal Student Loans For Charlotte Law School, Effective Dec. 31 (Dec. 19, 2016)
- More On The Department Of Education's Decision To Cut Off Federal Student Loans For Charlotte Law School (Dec. 20, 2016)
- Students, Faculty React To Department Of Education's Decision To Cut Off Federal Student Loans For Charlotte Law School (Dec. 23, 2016)
- Students File $5 Million Class Action Lawsuit Against Charlotte Law School (Dec. 24, 2016)
- Editorial: 'Unconscionable' Leaders Hid Charlotte Law School's Problems To Keep Revenue Flowing; 'Catastrophic Fiasco May Destroy Lives Of Hundreds Of Innocent Students' (Dec. 29, 2016)
- Charlotte Law School Works On Transfer Plan With Florida Coastal As Rumors And Lawsuits Swirl After Feds Cut Off Student Loans (Jan. 5, 2017)
- Charlotte Law School To Reopen Jan. 17, Despite Feds' Decision To Cut Off Student Loans (Jan. 9, 2017)
- Charlotte Dean Fires Associate Dean For Academics And Faculty Development Who 'Acted As Shield Between InfiLaw And Faculty And Students' (Jan. 10, 2017)
- Is Doomsday Imminent For Charlotte Law School? Is The ABA Going To Do Anything About The Other 2 InfiLaw Schools? (Jan. 11, 2017)
- Leef: Feds Should Eliminate Student Loans For All Law Schools, Not Just Charlotte (Jan. 15, 2017)
- The Demise Of Charlotte Law School Resurrects Talk Of New Law School At University Of North Carolina-Charlotte (Jan. 16, 2017)
- Charlotte Law School To File Teach-Out Plan With ABA To Protect Students As School Shuts Down (Jan. 18, 2017)
- Charlotte Law School Fires Two-Thirds Of Faculty And Staff, Abandons Teach-Out Plan As Negotiations With Department Of Education Collapse; Classes Begin Jan. 23 (Jan. 19, 2017)
- Charlotte Law School Rejects Feds' Demand That It Close Immediately And Let Teach-Out Partner Florida Coastal Take Over Classes; Hopes For 'Fairer Hearing' From Trump Administration (Jan. 23, 2017)