Charlotte School of Law Interim Dean Scott Broyles has resigned after less than a month on the job. Many students and faculty had viewed him as the last hope in saving the for-profit school. Broyles says it became increasingly clear that his role wasn't producing any good effect for the students.
"It was basically a situation where if I can't do something positive then there's no particular reason for me to stay in this position," says Broyles. "It was very, very frustrating to see the student's financial situation decline daily without the federal funds and my inability to move the needle in that regard."
As interim dean, Broyles said faculty had greater say in admission standards and the law school was partnering with another school to become a non-profit. The school hoped that would persuade the Department of Education to reinstate federal loan money.
Broyles says it appears there's a division of opinion in the Department of Education as to whether to reinstate the loans and that's creating a stalemate. He says he found InfiLaw, the company that operates Charlotte School of Law, to have been "generally supportive" of his efforts.
The American Bar Association placed the school on probation in November partly for low bar passage rates and accepting too many unqualified student. Shortly after, the Department of Education yanked federal loan money.
Broyles will remain with Charlotte School of Law as a faculty member.