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WVC 18 B- 3 C- 8 §18B-3C-8. Legislative findings and intent; statewide network of independently accredited community and technical colleges; operations and administration.
(a) Legislative findings. --

(1) The Legislature has enacted legislation, beginning with Enrolled Senate Bill No. 653, passed during the two thousand regular session, and continuing with Enrolled Senate Bill No. 703, passed during the two thousand one regular session, Enrolled House Bill No. 2224, passed during the two thousand three regular session, and Enrolled Senate Bill No. 448, passed during the two thousand four regular session, the purpose of which is to strengthen the state's community and technical colleges, clarify their core mission and establish essential conditions to be met, and ensure the most effective delivery of services to business, industry, and West Virginia citizens in every region of the state.

(2) The primary goal of the Legislature is to create a statewide network of independently accredited community and technical colleges that focuses on technical education, work force training, and lifelong learning for the Twenty-first Century, consistent with the goals, objectives, priorities and essential conditions established in articles one, one-d and three-c of this chapter.

(3) A necessary precedent to accomplishing the legislative goal is to change the way that leaders at all levels of education, including institutional governing boards, view community and technical colleges. Specifically, that the mission of community and technical colleges is different from that of traditional four-year colleges in what they seek to accomplish and how they can achieve it effectively and that the state can not compete successfully in today's information-driven, technology-based economy if community and technical colleges continue to be viewed as add-ons or afterthoughts attached to the baccalaureate institutions.

(b) Legislative intent. --

(1) Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature that the statewide network of independently-accredited community and technical colleges as a whole and each independent community and technical college individually provide the following types of services as part of the core institutional mission:

(A) Career and technical education certificate, associate of applied science, and selected associate of science degree programs for students seeking immediate employment, individual entrepreneurship skills, occupational development, skill enhancement and career mobility;

(B) Transfer education associate of arts and associate of science degree programs for students whose educational goal is to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program with particular emphasis on reaching beyond traditional college-age students to unserved or underserved adult populations;

(C) Developmental/remedial education courses, tutorials, skills development labs, and other services for students who need to improve their skills in mathematics, English, reading, study skills, computers and other basic skill areas;

(D) Work force development education contracted with business and industry to train or retrain employees;

(E) Continuing development assistance and education credit and noncredit courses for professional and self-development, certification and licensure, and literacy training; and

(F) Community service workshops, lectures, seminars, clinics, concerts, theatrical performances and other noncredit activities to meet the cultural, civic and personal interests and needs of the community the institution serves.

(2) It is further the intent of the Legislature that each community and technical college focus special attention on programmatic delivery of their core mission services to unserved and underserved populations to achieve established state objectives. These include the following as highest priorities:

(A) Increasing the number of adults age twenty-five and above who participate in post-secondary education;

(B) Developing technical programs that meet the documented occupational needs of West Virginia's employers;

(C) Providing work force development programs by implementing the Adult Career Pathways Model, which provides opportunities for the following:

(I) Adults to earn certifications through the completion of skill-sets;

(ii) Ordered progression from skill-sets and certifications to one-year certificate programs and progression from one-year certificate degrees to Associate of Applied Science Degree programs, and

(iii) Students to exit at any stage of completion in order to enter employment with the option of continuing the pathway progression at a later time and/or on a part-time basis.

(D) Offering programs in various time frames other than the traditional semester delivery model and at different locations, including work sites, convenient to working adults;

(E) Providing technical programs in modules or "chunks", defined in competencies required for employment, and tied to certification and licensing requirements.

(F) Entering into collaborative programs that recognize high-quality training programs provided through labor unions, registered apprenticeships, and industry-sponsored training programs with the goal of enabling more adults to earn a college credential;

(G) Developing innovative approaches to improve the basic and functional literacy rates of West Virginians in all regions of the state;

(H) Developing "bridge programs" for disadvantaged youth and adults to enable them to acquire the skills necessary to be successful in education and training programs that lead to high-skills, high-wage jobs; and

(I) Providing access to post-secondary education through the delivery of developmental education for those individuals academically under-prepared for college-level work.

(c) In fulfillment of the purposes and intent defined in subsections (a) and (b) of this section, there is continued a statewide network of independently accredited community and technical colleges serving every region of the state. Each free-standing and independent community and technical college is strongly encouraged to serve as a higher education center for its region by brokering with other colleges, universities and providers, in-state and out-of-state, both public and private, to afford the most coordinated access to needed programs and services by students, employers and other clients, to achieve the goals, objectives, and essential conditions established in articles one, one-d, and three-c of this chapter, and to ensure the most efficient use of scarce resources.

(d) Statewide network of independently accredited community and technical colleges. --

(1) By July 1, 2009, each governing board of a community and technical college which became independent on July 1, 2008, shall make a determination by majority vote of the board whether to keep the current name for its respective institution or to select a new name. If a governing board chooses to select a new name, any reference in this code to that institution by a name in use prior to July 1, 2009, means the institution under the name designated by its board of governors.

(2) The statewide network of independently accredited community and technical colleges is comprised of the following independent state institutions of higher education under the jurisdiction of the council:

(A) Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. --

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is an independently accredited state institution of higher education. The president and the governing board of the community and technical college are responsible for maintaining independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(B) Bridgemont Community and Technical College. --

(i) Bridgemont Community and Technical College is an independently accredited state institution of higher education which may maintain an association with West Virginia University Institute of Technology, a division of West Virginia University, or directly with West Virginia University, subject to the provisions of section twelve of this article. The president and the governing board of the community and technical college are responsible for maintaining independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(ii) West Virginia University Institute of Technology may continue associate degree programs in areas of particular institutional strength which are closely articulated to its baccalaureate programs and missions or which are of a high-cost nature and can best be provided in direct coordination with a baccalaureate institution. Any such program shall be delivered under the authority of the council and through contract with the community and technical college. The terms of the contract shall be negotiated between the governing boards of the community and technical college and West Virginia University Institute of Technology or directly with West Virginia University, as appropriate. The final contract may not be implemented until approved by the council except that any contract between the community and technical college and West Virginia University Institute of Technology or West Virginia University related to program delivery under the terms of this section in effect on July 1, 2008, shall continue in effect until July 1, 2009, unless amended or revoked before that date by mutual agreement of the contract parties with approval by the council. Such a program shall be evaluated according to the benchmarks and indicators for community and technical college education developed by the council. If the council determines that the program is making insufficient progress toward accomplishing the benchmarks, the program shall thereafter be delivered by the community and technical college.

(iii) Dual credit course delivery agreements. --

(I) Nothing in this article alters or abrogates any agreement in place on the effective date of this section between West Virginia University Institute of Technology and Bridgemont Community and Technical College relating to delivery of dual credit courses as defined in section two, article one of this chapter;

(II) The community and technical college may deliver technical courses that are part of a certificate or associate degree program as early entrance or dual credit courses for high school students; and

(III) Subject to an agreement between the baccalaureate institution and the community and technical college, the latter may deliver early entrance and dual credit courses as defined in section two, article one of this chapter to students in high schools which are not served by the baccalaureate institution.

(C) Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College. --

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College is a free-standing state institution of higher education seeking independent accreditation. The president and the governing board of Eastern Community and Technical College are responsible for achieving independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(D) Mountwest Community and Technical College. --

(i) Mountwest Community and Technical College is an independently accredited state institution of higher education which may maintain an association with Marshall University subject to the provisions of section twelve of this article. The president and the governing board of the community and technical college are responsible for maintaining independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(ii) Marshall University may continue associate degree programs in areas of particular institutional strength which are closely articulated to its baccalaureate programs and missions or which are of a high-cost nature and can best be provided in direct coordination with a baccalaureate institution. Any such program shall be delivered under the authority of the council and through contract with Mountwest Community and Technical College. The terms of the contract shall be negotiated between the governing boards of the community and technical college and Marshall University. The final contract may not be implemented until approved by the council except that any contract between the community and technical college and Marshall University related to program delivery under the terms of this section in effect on July 1, 2008, shall continue in effect until July 1, 2009, unless amended or revoked before that date by mutual agreement of the contract parties with approval by the council. Such a program shall be evaluated according to the benchmarks and indicators for community and technical college education developed by the council. If the council determines that the program is making insufficient progress toward accomplishing the benchmarks, the program shall thereafter be delivered by Mountwest Community and Technical College.

(iii) Dual credit course delivery agreements. --

(I) Nothing in this article alters or abrogates any agreement in place on the effective date of this section between Marshall University and Mountwest Community and Technical College relating to delivery of dual credit courses as defined in section two, article one of this chapter;

(II) The community and technical college may deliver technical courses that are part of a certificate or associate degree program as early entrance or dual credit courses for high school students; and

(III) Subject to an agreement between the baccalaureate institution and the community and technical college, the latter may deliver early entrance and dual credit courses as defined in section two, article one of this chapter to students in high schools which are not served by the baccalaureate institution.

(E) New River Community and Technical College. --

(i) New River Community and Technical College is an independently accredited state institution of higher education which may maintain an association with Bluefield State College subject to the provisions of section twelve of this article. The community and technical college is headquartered in or near Beckley and incorporates the campuses of Greenbrier Community College Center of New River Community and Technical College and Nicholas Community College Center of New River Community and Technical College.

(ii) The president and the governing board of New River Community and Technical College are responsible for maintaining independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(iii) Bluefield State College may continue associate degree programs in areas of particular institutional strength which are closely articulated to its baccalaureate programs and missions or which are of a high-cost nature and can best be provided through direct coordination with a baccalaureate institution. Any such program shall be delivered under the authority of the council and through contract with the community and technical college. The terms of the contract shall be negotiated between the governing boards of the community and technical college and Bluefield State College. The final contract may not be implemented until approved by the council except that any contract between the community and technical college and Bluefield State College related to program delivery under the terms of this section in effect on July 1, 2008, shall continue in effect until July 1, 2009, unless amended or revoked before that date by mutual agreement of the contract parties with approval by the council. Such a program shall be evaluated according to the benchmarks and indicators for community and technical college education developed by the council. If the council determines that the program is making insufficient progress toward accomplishing the benchmarks, the program shall thereafter be delivered by New River Community and Technical College.

(iv) Bluefield State College may continue the associate of science degree in nursing which is an existing nationally accredited associate degree program in an area of particular institutional strength and which is closely articulated to the baccalaureate program and mission. The program is of a high-cost nature and can best be provided through direct administration by a baccalaureate institution. This program may not be transferred to New River Community and Technical College or any other community and technical college as long as the program maintains national accreditation and is seamlessly coordinated into the baccalaureate program at the institution.

(v) New River Community and Technical College participates in the planning and development of a unified effort involving multiple providers to meet the documented education and work force development needs in the region. Nothing in this subdivision prohibits or limits any existing, or the continuation of any existing, affiliation between Mountain State University, West Virginia University Institute of Technology and West Virginia University. The objective is to assure students and employers in the area that there is coordination and efficient use of resources among the separate programs and facilities, existing and planned, in the Beckley area.

(F) Pierpont Community and Technical College. --

(i) Pierpont Community and Technical College is an independent state institution of higher education seeking independent accreditation. The president and the governing board of Pierpont Community and Technical College, assisted by the president and governing board of Fairmont State University, are responsible for the community and technical college achieving independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to sections three and thirteen of this article.

(ii) Fairmont State University may continue associate degree programs in areas of particular institutional strength which are closely articulated to their baccalaureate programs and missions or which are of a high-cost nature and can best be provided in direct coordination with a baccalaureate institution. Any such program shall be delivered under the authority of the council and through contract with the community and technical college. The terms of the contract shall be negotiated between the council and the governing board of Fairmont State University. The final contract may not be implemented until approved by the council except that any contract between the community and technical college and Fairmont State University related to program delivery under the terms of this section in effect on July 1, 2008, shall continue in effect until July 1, 2009, unless amended or revoked before that date by mutual agreement of the contract parties with approval by the council. Such a program shall be evaluated according to the benchmarks and indicators for community and technical college education developed by the council. Such a program shall be evaluated according to the benchmarks and indicators for community and technical college education developed by the council. If the council determines that the program is making insufficient progress toward accomplishing the benchmarks, the program shall thereafter be delivered by the community and technical college.

(iii) Dual credit course delivery agreements. --

(I) Nothing in this article alters or abrogates any agreement in place on the effective date of this section between Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College relating to delivery of dual credit courses as defined in section two, article one of this chapter;

(II) The community and technical college may deliver technical courses that are part of a certificate or associate degree program as early entrance or dual credit courses for high school students; and

(III) Subject to an agreement between the baccalaureate institution and the community and technical college, the latter may deliver early entrance and dual credit courses as defined in section two, article one of this chapter to students in high schools which are not served by the baccalaureate institution.

(G) Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. -- Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is an independently-accredited, free-standing state institution of higher education. The president and the governing board of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College are responsible for maintaining independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(H) West Virginia Northern Community and Technical College. -- West Virginia Northern Community and Technical College is an independently-accredited, free-standing state institution of higher education. The president and the governing board of the community and technical college are responsible for maintaining independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(I) Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College. --

(i) Kanawha Valley State Community and Technical College is an independently accredited state institution of higher education which may maintain an association with West Virginia State University subject to the provisions of section twelve of this article. The president and the governing board of the community and technical college are responsible for maintaining independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(ii) West Virginia State University may continue associate degree programs in areas of particular institutional strength which are closely articulated to its baccalaureate programs and missions or which are of a high-cost nature and can best be provided in direct coordination with a baccalaureate institution. Any such program shall be delivered under the authority of the council and through contract with the community and technical college. The terms of the contract shall be negotiated between the governing boards of the community and technical college and West Virginia State University. The final contract may not be implemented until approved by the council except that any contract between the community and technical college and West Virginia State University related to program delivery under the terms of this section in effect on July 1, 2008, shall continue in effect until July 1, 2009, unless amended or revoked before that date by mutual agreement of the contract parties with approval by the council. Such a program shall be evaluated according to the benchmarks and indicators for community and technical college education developed by the council. If the council determines that the program is making insufficient progress toward accomplishing the benchmarks, the program shall thereafter be delivered by the community and technical college.

(iii) Dual credit course delivery agreements. --

(I) Nothing in this article alters or abrogates any agreement in place on the effective date of this section between West Virginia State University and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College relating to delivery of dual credit courses as defined in section two, article one of this chapter;

(II) The community and technical college may deliver technical courses that are part of a certificate or associate degree program as early entrance or dual credit courses for high school students; and

(III) Subject to an agreement between the baccalaureate institution and the community and technical college, the latter may deliver early entrance and dual credit courses as defined in section two, article one of this chapter to students in high schools which are not served by the baccalaureate institution.

(J) West Virginia University at Parkersburg. --

(i) West Virginia University at Parkersburg is an independently accredited state institution of higher education which may maintain an association with West Virginia University subject to the provisions of section twelve of this article. The president and the governing board of the community and technical college are responsible for maintaining independent accreditation and adhering to the essential conditions pursuant to section three of this article.

(ii) Any contract between the community and technical college and West Virginia University related to program delivery under the authority of the council or related to delivery of baccalaureate programs, in effect on July 1, 2008, shall continue in effect unless amended or revoked by mutual agreement of the contract parties with approval by the council.

(iii) In recognition of the unique and essential part West Virginia University at Parkersburg plays in providing education services in its region, the community and technical college may continue delivering baccalaureate degree programs offered at the institution on the effective date of this section, may implement additional baccalaureate programs with the approval of the commission and is strongly encouraged:

(I) To continue and expand its role as a higher education center pursuant to subsection (c) of this section;

(II) To broker from West Virginia University and other higher education institutions, as appropriate, additional baccalaureate level degree programs the community and technical college determines are needed in its service region; and

(III) Any baccalaureate degree programs offered at the community and technical college shall be delivered under the authority of the commission. The program shall be evaluated according to the benchmarks and indicators for baccalaureate education developed by the commission.

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