Sunday, April 20, 2014

Midway College goes after students at private university in far Western Kentucky that is closing

Midway College is trying to attract students from Mid-Continent University near Mayfield, which is closing because of financial problems. Midway is waiving application fees for transfer students and "will work quickly, offering extended admissions hours and online chat sessions as needed to accommodate students' requests among other items," the college said in a press release.

"We realize that this is a stressful time for all of those in the Mid-Continent community from the administration, faculty, students and their families," Midway President John Marsden said. "I have already offered our support to the administration at Mid-Continent . . . and held internal discussions with our staff to reinforce the need to assist with transferring students and any faculty that might be looking at open positions we have."

Marsden said in the release, issued Saturday, that Midway had received "many calls" from Mid-Continent students. Enrollment Dean Stephanie Whaley said, "Our admissions counselors are working to assure those students that we will work to assist them in getting their official transcripts in order to do transcript evaluations. Our summer and fall registration periods are still open so we can work with them to see when they can get started."

Whaley said Midway's online programs "can be a good resource for those students who can't travel to our Midway or Lexington location." The Admissions Office will host online chats for all potential transfer students Wednesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. To register for these online events, students can go to www.midway.edu and look for CollegeWeek Live Transfer Chat Session.

The news release included information that transfers from Mid-Continent will need to know:
• Add Midway and its code, 001975, to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
• Complete the application for admission on the Midway website (click on "apply now").
• Call the admissions office at 888-75-MIDWAY for a special code to waive the application fee.
• Contact an admissions counselor for help in getting transcripts.

UPDATE, May 2: College spokeswoman Ellen Gregory said Midway has received 80 or more inquiries from Mid-Continent students, but said she did not know the exact number of processed applications because it is still early in the process of obtaining transcripts and other needed information. She said the college continues to offer assistance as needed to those students who are looking to transfer to one of our evening or online programs. “With students around the state, our online programs are a good option for many of them,” she said.

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