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MOE to announce first colleges to close in March

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Education (MOE) yesterday said that the list of colleges that will be closed down will be announced by the end of March.

The MOE also published the principles and standard procedures on the four ways that private schools can be improved or else face being shut down.

According to the MOE, if a private college has four designated negative qualities, they will be included in the list of schools to be shut down. The first of these negative qualities is having less than 3,000 students and a less than 60-percent enrollment rate for two years in a row.

The other three qualifications, the MOE said, include failing over 75 percent of school affairs evaluations, owing faculty salaries for over three months and violating education regulations.

According to the MOE, any schools that match one of the four negative qualities will be listed as schools that could possibly be closed down. The schools will then be given one to three months to come up with a proposal on how to improve the school.

The MOE said that there are currently two schools, Yung Ta Institute of Technology & Commerce and Kao Fong College of Digital Contents, which must submit proposals on how to improve.

According to the MOE, after the deadline for those two schools to turn in proposals has passed, committee meetings will be held and the ministry will announce whether or not those two schools will be shut down by the end of March.

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