HISTORY OF
MARSHALL UNIVERSITY GRADUATE COLLEGE

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1958 West Virginia University established the Kanawha Valley Graduate Center of Science and Engineering. Senate Bill 79 authorized expenditure of tax funds for the operation of the Graduate Center.

1967 Management courses were added. Education courses were added.

1972 House Bill 618 established the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies with degree programs offered in Counseling and Guidance, Education Administration, Education Supervision, Elementary Education, Reading Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Business Administration, Industrial Relations, Public Administration, Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, General Engineering, and Industrial Engineering and Systems Analysis.

1974 The West Virginia Board of Regents specified sixteen southern counties as the WVCOGS service area.

1975 The degree programs in Mathematics and Education Supervision were eliminated. Master's degree programs in School Psychology and Environmental Studies were added, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education.

1978 A Master of Science degree program in Information Systems was added.

1979 A Master of Arts degree program in Humanistic Studies was added.

1980 The Board of Regents authorized a cooperative Ed.D. program in Education Administration among West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, Marshall University, and West Virginia University. WVU will award the degrees.

1980 The Engineering Management program was approved.

1982 A Master of Science in Management degree with areas of concentration in Employee Relations, Health Care Administration, Management, and Public Administration was added.

1984 The degree program in Public Administration was deactivated for four years. The Electrical Engineering and Industrial Engineering options in General Engineering were eliminated.

1987 A Certificate of Advanced Study in Counseling was approved. The Reading Specialist and Superintendent programs were approved by the West Virginia Board of Education.

1988 New programs in Supervisor of Instruction (K-12) and Mathematics through Algebra I were approved by the West Virginia Board of Education. A Professional Development Program in Educational Computing was approved by the West Virginia Board of Regents.

1989 The four divisions--Education, Business and Management, Engineering and Science, and Behavioral Studies--were converted into three schools--The School of Business and Management; The School of Education, Human Services, and Humanities; and The School of Engineering and Science. Senate Bill 420 reorganized higher education eliminating the West Virginia Board of Regents and establishing the State College and University Systems of West Virginia. WVCOGS became the University of West Virginia College of Graduate Studies.

1990 A program in Control Systems Engineering was added.

1992 House Bill 4596 changed the name of the institution to the West Virginia Graduate College effective June 7, 1992.

1993 A Quality Committee was formed to direct TQM efforts at the institution. Faculty Council and the President's Cabinet put into effect a comprehensive Student Achievement Assessment Plan. A new equal opportunity policy, signed by the President in January 1993, incorporates responses to social justice issues and persons with disabilities.

1993 Degree programs in the School of Engineering and Science were restructured as follows: M.S. in Engineering; M.S. in Information Systems; and M.S. in Environmental Science.

1995 Effective July 1, the School of Education, Human Services, and Humanities became the School of Education and Professional Studies. The School was divided into two divisions: the Division of Curriculum and Instruction (programs include Elementary and Secondary Education, Reading Education, and Special Education); and the Division of Allied Sciences (programs include Humanities, Counseling, Psychology, and Educational Leadership).

1995 Dr. Larry Froehlich became the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dr. James Ranson became the Interim Dean for the School of Education and Professional Studies.

1996 Senate Bill 591 was passed, forming an affiliation between Marshall University and the West Virginia Graduate College.

1997 Governor Underwood signed Senate Bill 67 on April 9, 1997 merging the West Virginia Graduate College with Marshall University. WVGC became the Marshall University Graduate College effective July 1, 1997.

1997 Institutional Research and Computing Services in South Charleston and Huntington were merged and each retained offices on both campuses. Human Resources was moved to the Huntington campus. The School of Business merged with the Lewis College of Business; the School of Engineering and Science became the Graduate School of Information Technology and Engineering located in South Charleston; and the programs in the School of Education and Professional Development became part of the College of Education and Human Services with the exception of Psychology and Humanities, which now fall under the College of Liberal Arts.

GEOGRAPHIC HISTORY

1968 The administrative offices of the Kanawha Valley Graduate Center were located in Nitro, West Virginia.

1972 Administrative offices were moved to Hill Hall on the West Virginia State College campus.

1973 As WVCOGS outgrew the available office space in Hill Hall at WVSC, some of the offices were moved to Dickinson and Cobb Halls on the Morris Harvey College campus.

1974 The WVCOGS office at Bluefield State College was opened.

1976 The WVCOGS Beckley office was established.

1978 An office was opened at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg.

1980 All Kanawha County administration and faculty offices were moved into Sullivan Hall on the West Virginia State College campus. The office at Concord College was opened.

1985 WVCOGS opened an office at Glenville State College in Summersville.

1988 The Professional Development Center was established at the Capitol Complex in Charleston.

1989 The WVCOGS office at WVU in Parkersburg was opened.

1992 The WVGC office in Beckley moved to Woodrow Wilson High School.

1993 The WVGC centers in Athens and Summersville were closed.

1994 May was groundbreaking for the new WVGC administration building to be completed in 1995.

1995 In late June, the West Virginia Graduate College moved to its new facility at 100 Angus E. Peyton Drive in South Charleston. All WVGC offices in the Charleston area, including the Professional Development Center, moved into the new building. The library remained on the West Virginia State College campus.

1996 Groundbreaking occured for an academic building adjacent to the WVGC administration building.

1997 The Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center opened on the South Charleston campus. The Center houses not only the Robert C. Byrd Center, but the MUGC library as well.

PRESIDENTS

1972 Acting President, Dr. Prince Woodard (then Chancellor of the Board of Regents).

1972 First full-time president, Dr. Roy McTarnaghan.

1975 Acting President, Dr. John Wright (then Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Board of Regents).

1976 Dr. James W. Rowley became President.

1989 Dr. Herbert E. Jones, Jr., became Interim President while Dr. Rowley assumed the role of Interim Chancellor of the new University System of West Virginia.

1990 Dr. James W. Rowley resumed his role as President of UWVCOGS.

1991 Dr. James W. Rowley retired as President in December.

1992 Dr. Dennis P. Prisk became President in January.

1997 When WVGC was merged with Marshall University, Dr. J. Wade Gilley was President of Marshall University and the newly merged Marshall University Graduate College. Dr. Dennis Prisk, President of the West Virginia Graduate College before the merger became the Senior Vice President for Graduate and Extended Studies and Technology.

ACCREDITATION HISTORY

1972 North Central Association accreditation transferred from WVU-Kanawha Valley Graduate Center to the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies.

1976 Comprehensive review followed by accreditation by the North Central Association.

1980 The North Central Association granted approval to offer a cooperative doctoral program in education administration with West Virginia University and Marshall University.

1981 Reaccreditation following a comprehensive evaluation by North Central Association.

1986 Focus review by North Central Association; eliminated areas of concern in 1981 evaluation.

1991 Reaccreditation following a comprehensive evaluation by North Central Association.

1994 In April, the North Central Association visited WVGC for a Focused Review dealing with planning and assessment.

1997 The North Central Association visit which was planned for the West Virginia Graduate College in 1997 was postponed as a result of the merger with Marshall University.

1998 In November 1998, the North Central Association visited Marshall University to examine the merger between Marshall University and West Virginia Graduate College.

SPECIALIZED ACCREDITATION

1975 Accreditation of all education programs by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

1979 NCATE accreditation extended through 1986. West Virginia Department of Education began assessment program.

1984 NCATE visit and extension of accreditation until 1989. Accreditation of all teacher preparation programs by West Virginia Department of Education.

1985 All teacher education programs, except the Reading Specialist and Superintendent programs, were refiled and approved by the West Virginia Department of Education under Policy 5100.

1987 The Reading Specialist and Superintendent programs were approved by the West Virginia Department of Education under Policy 5100.

1988 The Supervisor of Instruction and Math Through Algebra I programs were approved by the West Virginia Department of Education.

1990 NCATE reaccreditation of all education programs.

1993 The American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accepted the School of Business application for pre-candidacy.

1995 The School of Engineering and Science submitted its self-study report to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and was visited by an accreditation team in Fall 1995. Accreditation was not granted.

1996 NCATE reaccreditation of all education programs.

1997 The MUGC School of Business received AACSB accreditation when it was merged with the Lewis College of Business in Huntington.