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Ohio College Revokes Credit in Alleged Recertification Scheme

By Ann Bradley — September 13, 2005 1 min read

The board of trustees of Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, is revoking credit issued to 657 students enrolled in two allegedly bogus distance-learning programs for teachers in South Florida.

William McCoggle, a former teacher in the Miami-Dade County, Fla., district, was charged in July with running a company that gave teachers fake credit to renew their teaching licenses or teach additional coursework. He has pleaded not guilty.

The trustees of Otterbein College said a former associate dean for academic affairs, now deceased, had a relationship with Mr. McCoggle’s program, Move on Toward Education and Training, or MOTET. The college never approved the “highly improper” program, the trustees said.

A Miami-Dade County grand jury last fall found that Mr. McCoggle had earned an estimated $250,000 from MOTET. The Otterbein trustees estimate that their school took in about $89,000 from its association with Mr. McCoggle, which will be donated to charity in Dade County.

A version of this article appeared in the September 14, 2005 edition of Education Week