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Chapter 18B  |  Article 18B - 1C  |  Section 2
WVC 18B- CHAPTER 18B. HIGHER EDUCATION.
WVC 18 B- 1 C- ARTICLE 1C. TRANSITION IMPLEMENTATION.

WVC 18 B- 1 C- 1 §18B-1C-1. Legislative findings and intent.
(a) The Legislature recognizes that:

(1) West Virginia University Institute of Technology is a vital part of higher education in West Virginia;

(2) The engineering program at West Virginia University Institute of Technology plays a significant role in the continued success of the students at the institution and of the state as a whole;

(3) The average salaries of faculty at West Virginia University Institute of Technology are significantly lower than the average salaries of faculty at West Virginia University;

(4) Facilities at West Virginia University Institute of Technology are in greater disrepair and in greater need of overall capital investment than are facilities at West Virginia University; and

(5) Collaboration between the engineering program of West Virginia University Institute of Technology, West Virginia University, Marshall University and other private partners as appropriate would:

(A) Lead to a greater understanding and knowledge of engineering research;

(B) Lead to greater opportunities for students to engage in research; and

(C) Result in greater opportunities for participating students to find gainful employment in future research or to continue graduate level research and study.

(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage collaboration between West Virginia University Institute of Technology, West Virginia University, Marshall University and appropriate private entities to provide significant education opportunities to students.

(c) It is specifically the intent of the Legislature that:

(1) The baccalaureate engineering program offered at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology be and remain a permanent component of its curriculum;

(2) Collaboration in engineering and other appropriate programs occur between West Virginia University Institute of Technology, West Virginia University, Marshall University and appropriate private entities pursuant to section three of this article; and

(3) The West Virginia University Board of Governors develop a plan and take appropriate steps to address faculty average salary levels. In developing the plan, the board may consider the unique mission of the division and the performance expectations for faculty in meeting the goals of the institution. The plan also shall include recommendations for addressing the capital improvement needs at West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

WVC 18 B- 1 C- 2 §18B-1C-2. West Virginia University Institute of Technology; division of West Virginia University.
(a) West Virginia University Institute of Technology is a fully integrated division of West Virginia University. All administrative and academic units are consolidated with primary responsibility for direction and support assigned to West Virginia University. The advisory board previously appointed for West Virginia University Institute of Technology is known as the board of visitors and shall provide guidance to the division in fulfilling its mission. The chairperson of the board of visitors serves as an ex-officio, voting member of the West Virginia University Board of Governors.

(b) The fully integrated division is named West Virginia University Institute of Technology. The headquarters of West Virginia University Institute of Technology remains in Montgomery, West Virginia.

(c) The provisions of this section do not affect the independent accreditation or continued operation of The Community and Technical College at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. Effective the first day of July, two thousand eight, the institution becomes an independent community and technical college administered by its own governing board under the jurisdiction and authority of the council and is subject to all applicable provisions of this chapter and chapter eighteen-c of this code.

(d) Auxiliary enterprises shall be incorporated into the West Virginia University auxiliary enterprise system. The West Virginia University Board of Governors shall determine if operations at West Virginia University Institute of Technology can be operated on a self-sufficient basis when establishing rates for auxiliary services and products.

(e) West Virginia University Institute of Technology has a strong reputation in engineering and other scientific disciplines. These programs shall be maintained, cultivated and emphasized further as its sustaining mission over the next decade.

(f) By the first day of April, two thousand seven, the West Virginia University Board of Governors shall develop and approve a plan to implement the provisions of this article. Beginning the first day of July, two thousand six, the board of governors may begin implementing appropriate changes in the operations of West Virginia University Institute of Technology to further the purposes of this article.

(g) By the first day of November, two thousand six, and annually thereafter for a period of four years, the West Virginia University Board of Governors shall prepare and submit a report to the commission and Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability on progress being made to implement the provisions of this article.

(h) West Virginia University Institute of Technology shall develop or maintain baccalaureate degree programs as a permanent component of its curriculum.

WVC 18 B- 1 C- 3 §18B-1C-3. West Virginia Consortium for Undergraduate Research and Engineering established; short title; membership; purpose; strategic plan; report.
(a) There is established the West Virginia Consortium for Undergraduate Research and Engineering. This section may be designated and cited as "West Virginia CURE".

(b) West Virginia CURE is a collaborative planning group comprised of thirteen members. The Governor shall designate one of the members to be the chairperson. The members are selected as follows:

(1) The provost or a designee from West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Marshall University and West Virginia University;

(2) The director of sponsored programs from West Virginia University Institute of Technology and the vice presidents for research from Marshall University and West Virginia University;

(3) The deans of engineering from West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Marshall University and West Virginia University; and

(4) Four members appointed by the Governor, each of whom has demonstrated an interest in public higher education in West Virginia and each of whom possesses recognized credentials and expertise in one or more of the following fields:

(A) Engineering;

(B) Technology and computer science;

(C) Research development;

(D) Business leadership and management; and

(E) Finance.

At least one of the members appointed by the Governor shall be a representative of the engineering profession from business or industry.

(c) The purposes for which West Virginia CURE is established include, but are not limited to, the following:

(1) Increasing West Virginia's capacity for high quality engineering instruction and research;

(2) Increasing access throughout the state to high quality instruction and research opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; and

(3) Stimulating economic development throughout West Virginia by increasing the number of professional engineers available to business and industry.

(d) Collaborative Engineering Strategic Plan Required.

CURE shall develop a collaborative engineering strategic plan to address the needs identified in subsection (c) of this section.

(e) Collaborative Engineering Strategic Plan Elements.

(1) The Collaborative Engineering Strategic Plan shall focus on methods to use the complementary strengths of West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Marshall University and West Virginia University.

(A) West Virginia University Institute of Technology provides a student-centered engineering program that provides full-time faculty attention and small classes. This approach prepares students well to enter and succeed in the professional practice of engineering.

(B) Marshall University exhibits a strong commitment to engineering outreach and has developed an undergraduate engineering program that builds upon the institution's tradition in liberal arts and sciences to provide unique, flexible engineering opportunities that are attractive to a broad range of students.

(C) West Virginia University's large student enrollment and high quality faculty enables the institution to provide access to a broad range of undergraduate and graduate engineering programs as well as opportunities for research-oriented study at the graduate level.

(2) The strategic plan may address, but is not limited to, consideration of the following elements:

(A) Faculty.

(B) Libraries and technology resources.

(C) Research collaboration.

(D) Coordination with K-12 education.

The strategic plan may not contain a recommendation which would result in abolishing an existing program.

(3) The consortium shall:

(A) Prepare an interim report outlining its progress and tentative conclusions for presentation to the Governor and the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability no later than the first day of December, two thousand six; and

(B) Prepare a final report containing the Collaborative Engineering Strategic Plan, together with recommendations for implementation, for presentation to the Governor and the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability no later than the first day of July, two thousand seven.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
The WV Code Online is an unofficial copy of the annotated WV Code, provided as a convenience. It has NOT been edited for publication, and is not in any way official or authoritative.


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