"[Lasell] denies it made any such promise to keep it to 12 students," [Paul Kileen] said. "They only set parameters. But they got far more applications than expected that first year, so they hired the additional faculty and did what they needed to do. There was never any attempt to ever wash any students out of this program."
The lawsuit, however, contends that the school did not require most students to take the NLN entrance exam, one of the precepts of that group's accreditation process and part of Lasell's stated operating plan to the state.
The school closed the program in 1999, not because of its lack of accreditation, but because Lasell trustees "found the demand by students who could be successful in the course was just not there," Kileen said.