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WVC 18 B- 3 C- 12 §18B-3C-12. Relationship between independent community and technical colleges and former sponsoring institutions.
(a) Intent and purposes. --

(1) It is the intent of the Legislature to establish community and technical colleges in every region of the state that meet the essential conditions of section three of this article and focus on achieving established state goals and objectives.

(2) This section defines the relationship between a community and technical college which was administratively linked to a sponsoring institution prior to the first day of July, two thousand eight.

(b) Where an independent community and technical college was linked administratively to a sponsoring state college or university, or was designated as a regional campus or a division of another accredited state institution of higher education, prior to the first day of July, two thousand eight the following conditions apply:

(1) The community and technical college shall be accredited separately from the former sponsoring institution;

(2) All state funding allocations for the community and technical college shall be transferred directly to the community and technical college.

(3) The former sponsoring institution and the community and technical college shall agree to the fees the former sponsoring institution may charge for administrative overhead costs.

(A) The fee schedule model agreed to by the institutions shall delineate services to be provided and the fees to be charged to the community and technical colleges for the services;

(B) The fee schedule shall be based upon the reasonable and customary fee for any service, shall bear a rational relationship to the cost of providing the service.

(C) Any contract between a community and technical college and its former sponsoring institution related to provision of services pursuant to subsection (c) of this section in effect on the first day of July, two thousand eight, shall continue in effect until the first day of July, two thousand nine, unless amended or revoked before that date by mutual agreement of the contracting parties.

(D) The former sponsoring institution shall continue to provide services pursuant to subsection (c) of this section as the governing board of the community and technical college considers appropriate under a negotiated contractual arrangement until the first day of July, two thousand eleven or the governing boards of both institutions mutually agree to end the contract arrangement.

(4) An independent community and technical college and the institution from which it obtains services may customize the fee schedule model to fit their needs.

(5) Policies shall be formally established to ensure the separation of academic and faculty personnel policies of the community and technical college from those of the former sponsoring institution. These policies include, but are not limited to, appointment, promotion, workload and, if appropriate, tenure; and

(c) The former sponsoring institution which was administratively linked to a community and technical college prior to the first day of July, two thousand eight, shall provide the following services subject to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section:

(1) Personnel management;

(2) Recordkeeping;

(3) Payroll;

(4) Accounting;

(5) Legal services;

(6) Registration;

(7) Student aid;

(8) Student records; and

(9) Any other services determined to be necessary and appropriate by the board of governors of the former sponsoring institution and the board of governors of the community and technical college.

(d) Any disputes between an independent community and technical college and its former sponsoring institution, regarding their respective rights and responsibilities under this chapter of the code, which cannot be resolved by the governing boards, shall

be resolved as follows:

(1) The matters in dispute shall be summarized in writing and submitted to the chancellors jointly for resolution;

(2) If the matters in dispute cannot be resolved by the chancellors within thirty days, they shall be submitted to the council and commission for resolution;

(3) If the commission and council jointly cannot reach a resolution following their first regularly scheduled meeting or within sixty days, whichever is sooner, the chairpersons of the commission and council respectively shall establish a three-person panel to hear the matters and issue a decision within thirty days:

(A) The three-person panel is comprised of one person appointed by the chairperson of the commission, one person appointed by the chairperson of the council, and one person appointed jointly by the two chairpersons.

(B) The decision rendered by the three-person panel is binding on the governing boards, commission and council, and may not be challenged in the courts of this state.

(e) The governing board of the community and technical college and the council are responsible for the development of the community and technical college and for compliance with the essential conditions, all as required by this article.

(f) The president of the community and technical college has such responsibilities, powers and duties in the development of the community and technical college and in compliance with the essential conditions, as directed by the governing board or as are necessary for the proper implementation of the provisions of this act.

(g) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, the commission shall take necessary steps to ensure that institutional bonded indebtedness is secure and that each community and technical college assumes its fair share of any institutional debt acquired while it was part of the baccalaureate institution.

(h) The community and technical college is encouraged to secure academic services from the former sponsoring institution when it is in their best interests and beneficial to the students to be served. In determining whether or not to secure services from the former sponsoring institution, the community and technical college shall consider the following:

(1) The cost of the academic services;

(2) The quality of the academic services;

(3) The availability, both as to time and place, of the academic services; and

(4) Such other considerations as the community and technical college finds appropriate taking into account the best interests of the students to be served, the community and technical college, and the former sponsoring institution. Nothing in this article prohibits any state institution of higher education from purchasing or brokering remedial or developmental courses from a community and technical college.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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